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16 Great* Things That Came Out Of Trump’s First 100 Days

A progress report—of sorts

Let’s get one thing clear before we dive into this list: We are in no way suggesting Donald Trump’s presidency is a *great—or even remotely good—thing.

But there is a positive outcome, relatively speaking, to his administration’s hateful, sloppy, reckless, and menacing policies: Millions of American citizens have snapped into action like never before. After all, Trump didn’t invent racism, misogyny, corporate greed, or Islamophobia—he just pushed these gnarly issues to the surface. The upshot? His spontaneous whimpers of authoritarian expression are making those who resist him smarter and more determined to forge progress, which probably should’ve happened decades ago. Here, a rundown of how the misdeeds of Trump and his administration are inadvertently leading to positive change.


1. The ACLU is now a household name—and a well-funded resource

Over a single weekend in January, the American Civil Liberties Union received more than 350,000 online donations totaling $24 million, or just over six times the amount it typically raises in one year.

2. Trump’s dopey screwups about Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony nudged the rest of us to Wikipedia

Trump managed to white mansplain some backhanded praise during Black History Month by suggesting a certain 19th century abolitionist and statesman was a contemporary figure: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.” Following the bizarre statement, “Frederick Douglass” shot up in popularity as a Google search term, most likely so people could make smart Twitter memes.

3. Planned Parenthood is receiving unprecedented donations

The women’s health nonprofit has been on the bubble of Congressional cuts for years, but public fury over the staggeringly restrictive efforts by Trump and Vice President/Handmaid’s Tale Commander Mike Pence resulted in 400,000 private donations.

4. Activism is motivating the masses

Pussy hats, protest signs, and weekend marches are the new normal.

5. The arts and crafts industry is killing it

Those Trump signs don’t paint themselves. According to Bloomberg Americans spent an estimated $6 million on art supplies in the week before the Women’s March alone. Sales of foam boards are up 42 percent.

6. People are realizing affordable health care is a human right, not a wealthy privilege

Obamacare was never more appreciated than when Congress threatened to take it away. Despite the bashing the ACA gets, it generated the expectation that Americans deserve health care—and the government failed to replace it.

7. We got super geeky about the electoral college

Following the shocking results of the presidential election, millions of Americans were stunned to find out that there was one more, albeit miniscule, chance for Hillary Clinton to still be president: the Hamilton Electors. A group of renegade electoral college members even banded together and promised their vote wouldn’t go to Trump. Obviously, it didn’t work, but, hey, maybe next time.

8. The role of science is on the forefront

In a matter of weeks, we went from thinking the Paris Agreement was a 90s rom-com starring Meg Ryan, to thousands demanding Trump’s administration restore and protect essential funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, among dozens of other threatened organizations.

9. SNL is better than ever

The late-night comedy show posted its highest ratings in 20 years following Trump’s inauguration.We’ll sum up the awesomeness in one word: “Spicey.”

10. Justin Trudeau replaced Justin Bieber as the most popular Canadian

Where Trump wants walls and secured borders, Trudeau offers asylum, particularly for Syrian refugees, thanks to groundbreaking public programs.

11. Women are pursuing political office in record numbers

Emerge America, a group that trains Democratic women to run for office, has seen an 87 percent increase in training session applications since Election Day.

12. Stephen Colbert is back

After leaving his Comedy Central archconservative character behind, Colbert lost a bit of his edge—and his ratings. But with Trump in office, he too is seeing a ratings boon and is now the most viewed show on late night.

13. But Samantha Bee is even better

While Fallon and company treaded lightly during the election, Bee committed to skewering Trump, which made for essential TV (and great therapy for viewers).

14. Visits to the Manzanar National Historic Site are at a record high

The former WWII-era Japanese internment camp is just one preserved site benefiting from renewed public interest, just as Trump threatens other monuments.

15. George Orwell bumped James Patterson off of the bestseller list

Ok, that’s not entirely true, but Orwell’s 1956 dystopian satire 1984 cracked the top of Amazon’s top book purchases.

16. Journalism is now an honorable vocation

The concern over alternative facts and fake news—whether propagated by Macedonian teenagers, Facebook, or Trump himself—has led the public to think more critically about the Fourth Estate and to support reliable and ethical institutions. This is particularly true for outlets who have earned Trump’s vitriol: The “failing’ New York Times added 276,000 digital subscriptions since Trump’s victory. After Trump blasted Vanity Fair, the mag’s subscriptions soared.

They wisely capitalized on the moment with a marketing campaign boasting the tagline: “The magazine Trump doesn’t want you to read.”

Along with that, GOOD’s Winter 2016 issue, which featured our Survival Guide To Donald Trump, won us a National Magazine Award, though we’re not going to thank him anytime soon.

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She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

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A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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