With Donald Trump finally out of the White House, Ellie, Alia, and Nadia took this episode to look back on the flurry of damages he’s caused over the last four years, particularly with regards to immigration and LGBTQ rights. (Not lost on us was the irony of Trump using a vague notion of “gay rights” to justify the Muslim ban, while persistently rolling back actual protections for queer and trans Americans.) Many of his executive orders were eventually struck down in court, but not without inflicting serious harm and leaving us psychologically drained.
We also discuss our tentative hopes, concerns, and criticisms surrounding the new administration (it’s definitely not a quick fix for our prison-, police-, and military-industrial complexes). But as a start, we’re so relieved to see the orange fucker gone!
Thank you to Ellie for the policy research in this episode!