The Resistance Now: Trump trip may include ‘not welcome’ protests | US news

Progressives v President Pence?

Trump’s exceptionally turbulent week prompted even some Republicans to utter the word “impeachment”.

But Democrats – and progressives – are being warned to be careful what they wish for. If Mike Pence took over, could he actually do more damage to progressive causes than Trump, whose frequent clashes with his own party limit his effectiveness?

“We must focus on what is best for the American people, not on what is worst for our so-called president,” writes Jeff Alson at In These Times.

Leading a rallying cry for impeachment could be a strategic blunder for Democrats with long-term consequences. “Democratic ownership of impeachment would also cement the loyalty of working-class Trump voters to the Republican party,” writes Alson.

World to Trump: ‘Go back to your country!’

Trump’s first overseas trip – to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican – is expected to be besieged by protesters.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a “Trump not welcome” protest in Brussels on Wednesday 24 May. Protesters say they are “united in saying ‘No!’ to Trump”, who they say has spent his past months “dividing and excluding people, denying climate change, intimidating the media [and] phasing out solidarity”.

Trump is visiting the Belgian capital for the Nato summit; a day earlier he’ll be in Vatican City to meet the pope. Rome-based activists are planning a protest there too.

People demonstrated against Trump in Brussels in February. Expect a repeat next week. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

PS One of the ring leaders works in your bank!

What is it with New Jersey’s Republican congressmen? Last week Tom MacArthur was the focus of the Garden State’s ire after the alleged moderate managed to get the Republican healthcare bill passed.

This week the 22-year incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey’s 11th district, has been criticized for a dastardly scheme…

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