The Resistance in Red America: Budweiser, Ford, and Dale Earnhardt
The corporate media would have you believe that the only people fighting Donald Trump live in "blue states" like New York and California. The truth is much more complex – and much more encouraging.
Having grown up in the South, I tend to get frustrated with “red state” stereotypes. Southern states simply are not monolithic.
Just days into Trump’s presidency, we are seeing evidence that indeed, the resistance is alive and well in Red America.
Just a few examples:
More than 50 airport protests against Trump’s Muslim ban took place in red states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, and Iowa – just to name a few.
And on the day that most of the protests took place, Dale Earnhardt, who has been voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 13 times (and resides in Mooresville, North Carolina), posted this message to his almost 2 million Twitter followers:
@GelarBudidarma my fam immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 29, 2017
Following the weekend of protests, Ford Motor Co. condemned the ban:
Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and President and CEO Mark Fields said President Donald Trump’s travel ban “goes against our values as a company.”
In a joint statement shared with employees Monday, Ford and Fields said the company does not support Trump’s executive order issued Friday, which banned those from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.
The following morning, Budweiser promoted this advertisement on Twitter:
— Budweiser (@Budweiser) January 31, 2017
And do not forget all of the red states in which Women’s Marches were organized to protest Trump on the day after the inauguration:
Map of the protests. Every time someone shows the red/blue states map they should lay this over it. Notice high volume in “red” rust belt. pic.twitter.com/G2LzAyq8dC
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 18, 2017
Do not let anyone tell you that The Resistance is limited to blue states.
The American Resistance is nationwide.