Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S. in 2016, when Patrisse was still in the early years of establishing the Black Lives Matter network. His election terrified and angered Patrisse because she believed that his policies would hurt women and people of color. She felt that the political Left should have considered Trump a more serious threat, especially as, in the wake of his election, hate crimes against Black people increased. After his election, Patrisse committed even more deeply to taking care of herself and her family while continuing to fight for justice.
Donald Trump Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist
The timeline below shows where the character Donald Trump appears in When They Call You a Terrorist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: When They Call You a Terrorist
Patrisse moves from feeling helpless to angry—96 percent of Black women voted against Trump, who Patrisse believes publicly supported sexual assault. Patrisse thinks the Democratic Party should have run... (full context)
...healthcare, organizers now have to fight for basic rights. In Canada, they’ve just elected Justin Trudeau—Trump’s polar opposite—and Patrisse and Future almost consider moving to Toronto. Meanwhile, Trump immediately starts talking... (full context)
Yet there is still so much that BLM wants to achieve, like fighting Trump’s presidency, developing rapid response networks for violence and ICE raids, building Black political power, and,... (full context)