'The Resistance Is Local': New York Attorney General Pushes Progressives to Participate in Every Election

The Trump resistance movement must march to the ballot box—for every election.

That's the message of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who advocates for real change from the bottom up in a new MoveOn.org video. 

"Hi, I'm Eric Schneiderman, and I'm your lawyer," he begins the spot. "Well, technically, I'm the attorney general of New York." 

"But," he continues, "if you don't happen to live New York, there's an attorney general in every state."

State attorneys general have emerged as the key players in challenging President Trump's travel ban—twice. Now they've taken on a suit to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from emboldening for-profit colleges.

"And as Trump's minions worked every angle to end federal funding for women's reproductive health care, I introduced state legislation to ensure cost-free coverage in New York, no matter what happens in Washington," Schneiderman says in the spot. 

The New York attorney general also led the fight to limit states' involvement in the crackdown on sanctuary cites, with five other Democratic AGs.

"All of these crucial battles were won because voters chose progressive champions to represent them," Schneiderman explains.

However, that doesn't happen often enough.

Turnout for local elections remains "shamefully low," Schneiderman notes. Case in point: Fewer than 20 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot for mayor.

"If you want to beat Trump's agenda," he warns, "this has to change. Progressives need to show up at the polls every time."

"When they go low," he added, in a nod to former first lady Michelle Obama, "we go local. Because the resistance is local."


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