7 resolutions for the resistance

Most important, the resistance must push its supporters to vote in down-ballot races as the conservative base does.

Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The “resistance” is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones. Here are seven suggestions:

One. Stop retweeting him. Trump’s inflammatory tweets are designed to bait you, to draw you into his game. Angrily retweeting his inanities only amplifies the message. Despite his waning popularity, Trump retains the ability to entertain. He does this not only through the tweets themselves but through the passionate responses he provokes from critics. Without your reaction, the tweets would shoot out into space and quickly lose altitude.

When Trump tweets an obvious lie on a subject of national importance, an answer may be warranted. Keep the correction simple and clean of emotion. And please, don’t include his Twitter handle.

Two. Pick and choose what gets you angry. You really don’t have to care what he says about CNN or Rosie O’Donnell or the NFL. Trump’s babbling brook of bluster keeps him at the top of everyone’s attention all the time, which seems to be the point of it. Do you want to bring more audience to the show?

Many Trump tweets support positions with little public support. (The perfect example would be the Republican campaign to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.) Do not dignify them with your outrage. The persuadables are already persuaded.

Three. Question everything you read on social media. The Russian trolls helped elect Trump by creating an alternative reality built on a swamp of falsehoods. Trolls have also been found to impersonate progressives with the intention of a) making them look bad and b) fomenting fights among them.

A simple rule of thumb is to accept as fact information directly found on the websites of reputable sources. Information from elsewhere, even if it quotes a good source, should be verified, its context understood.

Four. Don’t get suckered into Clinton distraction. Hillary and Bill Clinton are now private citizens in Chappaqua, New York. Trump’s attacks on them are of little consequence, serving only to rile up Clinton defenders. Continued nonsense about Uranium One, Benghazi or whatever would die out if progressives ignored it. Countering the baseless…

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