The Trump Era
|Martin Barillas||February 2nd 2017|
According to a report by the Washington Post, some 180 federal employees have registered for training on the February 4-5 weekend in both the rights of workers and in civil disobedience. The report said that dozens of federal bureaucrats attended a support group that foments opposition to the Trump administration, less than two weeks after the inauguration President Donald Trump.
While the Post report pointed out the obvious public protests that have emerged since the beginning of the Trump administration, “there’s another level of resistance to the new president that is less visible and potentially more troublesome,” it said. This “growing wave of opposition,” the report said, is from within the federal government and federal employees who are supposed to implement the new president’s policies to the administration: a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing any new president’s agenda.
According to the Post, an anonymous employee of the Justice Department said that bureaucrats will use time to their advantage. By leaking information to media, coupled with internal complaints, federal bureaucrats may resist Trump administration orders that they cannot live with. The newspaper said that the resistance is so widespread and strong that some federal officials are concerned that government could become paralyzed by federal workers who refuse to do their jobs.
Anonymous dissident Twitter accounts
Dissidence was already evident last week when tweets appeared on the official accounts of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service that appeared to flout the administration’s position on global climate change. While the administration soon took control of government social media accounts, the Post reports that federal bureaucrats are regularly consulting their former bosses who had served during the Obama administration. According to the post, bureaucrats have started anonymous social media accounts in order to leak policy changes and directives emitted by the Trump administration.
For example, there is a Twitter account at the Defense Department that protests against Trump. Using the handle @Rogue_DoD, the tweeter has, for example, distributed Defense Department documents warning about the effects of climate change. There are some within the national security apparatus who contend that Trump is actually a threat to national security. Elsewhere, there are Twitter feeds that have garnered more than 200,000 followers who are part of the so-called “Resistance” to Trump: @altUSEPA and @ActualEPAFacts.