Hashtags have taken on a life of their own this year. Onced used a way to gain more followers, hashtags have now become a form of unity and societal movements. Although we still like to throw in the occasional #blessed, these days we’ve been relying on hashtags to help us fight back against the unfair policies of the Trump administration. Here are some of the most influential hashtags of the resistance effort.
A phrase that makes anyone feel like a superhero badass as they conclude their anti-Trump tweet with it. This hashtag has unified the country by giving a community and a voice to those who stand against Trump’s behavior and the actions of the government. The resistance movement has also been a term used throughout history anytime there has been an uproar against the government or against the person occupying power.
A hashtag and slogan that represented Hillary Clinton’s first Presidential campaign in 2008 and was repurposed for her second campaign last year. Since November 8, this slogan has been used to symbolize the unity of women and as a badge for those who stand with them. At the women’s march on January 21, this powerful phrase could be seen on thousands of signs as women joined together to take a stand for equality and their reproductive rights.
A phrase that makes us all feel a little better about lying to our parents when we were younger. The concept of “alternative facts” was coined by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway when she was attempting to defend inaccurate statements made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. (In short: he said the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was the largest inaugural audience in years. He was lying.) Good news, 6-year-olds across America: in 2017, #alternativefacts are the new lies. Thanks, Kellyanne!
On November 9th 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, throwing the country into a political frenzy. As soon as it had become clear that Trump had won a majority of the electoral votes (though he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million), riots broke out in the streets. Not My President has become a battle cry for many, emphasizing the growing separation between those who voted for Trump and those who did not.
This is the latest glorious hashtag taking over twitter! Again, another great phrase gifted to us by Kellyanne in the midst of her damage-control efforts. (This time, she was attempting to defend Trump's latest accusation that Obama was wiretapping Trump Towers during the election. Paranoid much?) In an interview with The Record, she claimed that Trump’s accusations were very possible--so possible, in fact, that we should just go ahead and assume all of our microwaves have cameras. Yup.