FAIRFIELD, Conn. — To say Lisa Boyne is energized — and more than a little enraged — by Donald J. Trump’s presidency is an understatement.
Boyne — who organized the Women’s March for Connecticut, drawing an estimated 5,000 like-minded people to a Jan. 21 rally in Stamford — says she’s not resting on her laurels because she believes the country’s values are under attack.
“I’ve never done this,” said the Fairfield mother of two who works in internet marketing and design. “It all sprang from the election. I do not want Donald Trump. It was a very divisive and hateful campaign.”
And what does she think the result will be across the nation with the growing dissent over his policies?
“It’s just going to be protest after protest after protest,” she said.
It certainly is shaping up that way for Boyne. Take last Saturday, for instance.
She started the day attending a morning League of Women Voters meeting in Fairfield to show support for state Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133).
From there, she traveled to Stamford for a Drain the Trump Swamp rally to oppose the 45th president’s Cabinet nominees outside the Trump Parc building.
Heading home for a nap, she learned of the airport demonstrations around the country to protest Trump’s restrictions on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
So it was back in the car and off to JFK, where she heard many impromptu speeches from those affected by the day-old executive order at the airport.
“I stayed for three hours,” she said of her trip to the airport. “It was incredible. Profoundly moving.”
Throughout the week, she has also taken some of the leaders of the Stamford march to the Bridgeport offices of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. They dropped off copies of postcards from hundreds who have deep concerns about the new president and the state of American politics.
“This is just the start,” Boyne said. “This is how it’s going to be.”
In the coming weeks, Boyne wants to use her professional expertise to help others stay organized and on top of upcoming rallies, letter-writing campaigns and fundraisers for several causes.
“I want to work on an app to bring all these groups together,” she said.
Boyne said she believes Trump, who is sometimes hailed as a populist, is really closer to a Tea Party candidate — and that doesn’t sit well with her.
“We can take the Tea Party script and flip it,” she said. “If they can take the country, I can certainly start a movement to take it back.”