Mr. Trump Goes to Washington

Well - here we are.

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States.

That shocking reality came crashing into view yesterday when he met first with President Obama at the White House and then Republican leadership on Capitol Hill.

The President - for his part - said he was "encouraged" by the hour-and-a-half- conversation he had with Trump - and urged the nation to "come together to fix the challenges we face".

I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges that we face.

That is going to be a lot easier said than done.

Many Americans are absolutely terrified at what the next four years could bring - and rightfully so.

Maybe it was all a joke - maybe it was all some big ploy - but Donald Trump just ran one of the most divisive - fear-driven - and downright bigoted campaigns in American history.

He's also swept Republicans back into control of both the executive and legislative branches of our government for the first time in a decade-plus- and will probably get the chance to fill multiple Supreme Court seats.

This country is about to swing so far to the right Ronald Reagan wouldn't even recognize it.

But the resistance is growing.

Last night - tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities all across the country to protest Donald Trump's and the right-wing policies he'll bring with him to the White House.

Their rallying cry was "Not My President".

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are also gearing up for a fight - and Bernie Sanders looks like he'll lead the way.

On Wednesday - Bernie said in a statement that he and other progressives would work with Donald Trump "if he's serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families" but also warned that "To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him." The next four years are going to be dark - but if the protest movement we saw last night joins up with a progressive front led by Bernie Sanders and others like him - we might just survive President Trump.

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