This Week in Trumplandia

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Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia, a new Rumpus column in which I, your passionate, sometimes angry, mostly emotional, Aries/Taurus cusp host, will highlight PEOTUS-related news that you need to know.

Who am I? I’m a freelance writer from Philadelphia (also, the biggest fan of Buffy) who wants to make a difference and stand against the xenophobia, white supremacy, misogyny, and general bigotry of Trump and his supporters. I’m a bigender, Latinx, vegan writer who proudly supports #BlackLivesMatter, #NODAPL, and global-minded, intersectional feminism. I’m a hit at family parties. I can be found on Twitter at @Gayonabudget. Say hi!

With everything that’s going on, it’s tempting to check out, but unfortunately—no exaggeration necessary—rights and lives are on the line. Remaining engaged, staying informed, and being critical are all more important than ever. In a world of dependent media, white male-filled newsrooms, and publications obsessed with shares and page views, there are still people out there doing extraordinary work. You just have to know where to find them.

There’s where we come in. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a toilet drain. We know it can be triggering and overwhelming to read about Trump, but you owe it to yourself, your communities, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

This is what people who voted for Trump don’t understand when people say they’re scared of a Trump Presidency.

Donald doesn’t seem to know whom to pick for Secretary of State, so he asked Fabio and his other rich, white Thanksgiving guests.

Texas Electoral College Republican resigns, saying he can’t vote for Trump because a vote for him “would bring dishonor to God.”

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” Welcome to the 9 rings of Donald Trump’s administrative hell.

Trump supporters send threatening letters to California mosques saying Trump will “cleanse America.” Not Hitler-y at all.

White disbelief and the Trump Presidency—the hate and bigotry that people are finally seeing is not new to marginalized people.


Jayson Flores is Gay on a Budget's Founder and Editor, Aries/Taurus cusp, bigender, Latinx, vegan, femme person, and the biggest Buffy fan you know. Now writing for Bustle, PRIDE, Everyday Feminism, and The Rumpus, where they are also Assistant Interviews Editor. Passionate, deeply feeling, sometimes angry, mostly emotional. Wants to make people feel less lonely in the world. Follow them on Twitter @gayonabudget. More from this author →