The name “Bros4America” has always been a play on words meant to be a tongue-in-cheek response to the Bernie Bro phenomenon, the MAGA trolls, and the misogynistic and white nationalist overtures we saw taking hold during the 2016 campaign season. Indeed, we started as “Bros4Hillary” and today, we have a majority-female membership (the resistance is female and we’ve always known it) and a strong legacy of LGBTQ membership. But, we would be remiss if we did not, in the final episode of the Bros4America podcast in 2017, pick our Bro of the Year 2017.
Panelists Alex Mohajer, Thomas McAbee and Daniel Fusselman ruminated on the ups and downs of 2017 in this all new episode which drops on New Years Eve. Here are their picks:
MOMENT OF THE YEAR
Paul Manafort Gets It
It was the moment the world realized that it wasn’t just in our heads– the Trump campaign did in fact conspire with a foreign hostile power to influence the 2016 American presidential election… and when Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment came in for Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and the chairman of his campaign, it spelled the beginning of the of the beginning of the end?
The Bros discuss impeachment possibilities on the final episode in 2017 for the Bros4America podcast.
The Women’s March
It was the impetus for the Resistance movement and not only a preview of things to come but a firm finger on the pulse of the national feeling toward the incoming Trump Administration. As the year unfolded, the resistance proved it was female and so there was no more fitting an occasion to commemorate the moment of the year.
Bros4America co-founder Alex Mohajer has written about the Women’s March extensively for the Huffington Post, both criticisizing and praising it, and comparing it to other women’s movements around the globe.
Surprise! The Bros have been invited to march with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) at the Women’s March in Los Angeles this January. Last year there were an estimated 750,000 attendees. Here’s hoping to an even bigger turnout in 2018.
Donald Trump’s Inauguration
Shoulda been her.
Whether you loved it or hated it (spoiler alert: we hated it). Listen to the all new episode of the Bros4America podcast to hear the Bros savage the inauguration speech and compare it to the notorious movie villain Bane from the 2012 Christopher Nolan film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
At least two of the bros admit to never having watched the Inauguration speech– they simply couldn’t stomach it– but that the white nationalist overtures and deeply divisive tone were clearly a sign of things to come from the Trump Administration. Indeed, the administration accomplished only one real legislative achievement, if you can call it that, in Trump’s tax bill, which was passed right before the holidays in such a hasty fashion that the damage it will do was swept under the rug by Congressional Republicans.
Either way, love it or hate it, the Inauguration set the tone for 2017.
BRO OF THE YEAR
Photograph: Christine Peterson/AP
True to the times. Emily Nash, an amazing young woman and a junior at Lunenburg High School in Lunenburg, Mass., came in first place during her school’s golf tournament in October.
However, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, girls can play in the boys’ golf tournament as part of a team, but they aren’t allowed to be entered as individuals.
As a result, Nash was actually denied a trophy and a spot in the boys state championship in favor of the lesser-scoring male competitor.
It certainly recalls our most recent presidential election, where the overwhelming popular vote winner was denied the White House despite being infinitely more qualified and indeed sane.
16-year old Emily Nash is our Bro of the Year
African American Women
The resistance is female. And in the case of the Democratic Party, which will need to be the coalition that takes down Donald Trump and serve as the last stand against the threat of autocracy, the resistance is black women.
It’s true that the majority of the calls to Congress this year were made by women. That women had a great round of elections, and that women sparked the #MeToo movement that continues to take down power players in the media.
And in Alabama, we saw that Black women voted for Doug Jones by a 98% to 2% margin proving unequivocally that black women are the heart and the base of the Democratic party.
Hear that, Bernie?
Bros4America Members Making A Difference
Bros4Hillary was a force to be reckon with. Watching our members move forward from the brutal loss in the 2016 presidential election and move towards productive activism made the entire process and experience worth it for us. Folks like Austin Taylor, who went on to work on some of the crucial campaigns of the election season in 2017, and Debra Cohn, who became the head of her local Democratic club and worked through her disappointment towards becoming a resistance activist.
You are the heart and soul of the resistance.