Trump Is Over If You Want It

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Hey peeps, good news! The tinpot tyrant resigned by writing a note on a napkin in the Oval Office! He was felled by a women-led, multi-racial grassroots resistance targeting not just Trump but those who enabled him, turning the tide with an array of actions from sticky “sippy-cup sit-ins” of lawmakers' offices by mothers with young children to a “wall of floof” created by young women in multi-layered quinceañera gowns to blockade government buildings. Outsmarted and out-classed, Trump fled to Yalta. Meanwhile, a grim Mike Pence was sworn in for a “clipped-duck” term, world leaders breathed sighs of relief, and progressives celebrated 64 groundbreaking bills, including Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college tuition and election reform. Amidst the stunning turnaround - major news outlets took a remorseful look back at Trump's rise to power and offered a collective mea culpa: "Our bad."
 
Across D.C. on Wednesday, the news of Trump's demise - "UNPRESIDENTED" - was trumpeted on the front page of the Washington Post. Alas, it was in fact a fake Post created by activist collective The Yes Men, along with authors Onnesha Roychoudhuri and  L.A. Kauffman. In lieu of the Post’s usual tagline, "Democracy Dies in Darkness," "Democracy Awakens In Action" heralded the change. The paper was distributed around the city by obliging patriots; happy recipients speculated it was the work of MoveOn, Code Pink or the Women's March. When The Yes Men fessed up, they argued their paper's story "is more reasonable than our current reality.” Most importantly, they said it offers "a  blueprint to help us reclaim our democracy,” with an action guide aimed at "creating the near future we want and need." “This newspaper is a fantasy,” says Kauffman, “but it’s rooted in both reality and scholarship. Our stories build on real-world resistance to Trump and insights about how ordinary people can dislodge an unfit leader.” They dated the start of their shiny new world May 1, 2019. Let it be, please.

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