US POLITICS

History Nerds To Troll Trump On The Day Caesar Was Murdered

One anti-Trump campaign plans to send a million angry postcards to the White House on March 15

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM ET

Some history-minded activists are planning a new way to express their discontent with the Trump presidency, with a subtle reference to assassination. A campaign calling itself The Ides of Trump, is organizing to send one million postcards to the White House on March 15, or the ides of March — the date that Roman Senators assassinated Julius Caesar.

The stated goal of the campaign is to “show the man, the media, and the politicians how vast our numbers are,” by hopefully inundating the White House with one million postcards all sent on the same day. Achieving the goal would also mean shattering the world record for most pieces of mail received by one person in a year, currently held by baseball legend Hank Aaron.

The campaign also offers postcards for sale, with the proceeds going to ACLU or Planned Parenthood. Some of the postcards ask President Trump to put his own family in the shoes of refugees seeking asylum.

The postcard plan is just one of a number of other grassroots efforts cropping up as Trump finishes his first month in office. The day before the Ides of March is so-called Pi Day (3.14), when thousands of tech employees in Silicon Valley are planning to rally for policies important to the industry. Another grassroots effort is taking place on tax day, April 15, when thousands of Americans plan on marching in cities across the country to demand that Donald Trump finally reveal his tax returns. Every president since Richard Nixon has freely offered their tax returns as a sign of transparency.

Meanwhile, activists are sharing documents online outlining how to communicate their opposition to Trump’s cabinet picks to their elected officials. The documents include lists of phone numbers, call scripts, and information on how Senators are voting.