"Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."
- George Bernard Shaw
Q: What prompted you to organize FTF?
A: When you look at the level of activism going on in the country, it's clear that the majority of the people are not going to back down in the face of an ego-driven, narcissistic administration that lacks the humility or the foresight to listen to the American people. We're trying to galvanize people en masse to hold this White House and Congress accountable to our voices.
Q: How would you best summarize your goals for FTF, what would you most like to accomplish with this Digital Demonstration?
A: This is more than an demonstration; this is a call to action. This is about declaring that the present administration and Congress have already exceeded our leniency and our complacency. We're demanding that they listen to the MAJORITY of the people. We're keeping our eyes focused on the ballot box. Whether we're in D.C. or Seattle or Kokomo Indiana, we're putting the White House and Congress on notice. We will remind them that they serve ALL the American People, not the other way around.
Furthermore, this is about education. Fire the Fool’s mission is to create movements and events to galvanize an ongoing and necessary dialogue about voter rights and what each citizen must do to ensure their voice is heard. Civic engagement and education are the pathways to impactful, lasting, and peaceful change.
Q: If Donald Trump were to be impeached, wouldn't you be concerned that Vice President Pence could enact an even more extreme agenda?
A: Pence is certainly a concern, but Trump is so volatile, with Pence at least we'd expect he'd play a little more by the rules. He's a more seasoned politician, and he has more experience than Trump has. So while we'd be fearful of the policies he might enact, we'd honestly rather anyone be in there than Donald Trump. We are educating the people on what their voting rights are, registering new voters, and teaching how to peacefully affect change within the government. Pence wouldn’t be in office long.
Q: How would you describe success for FTF?
A: The goal is to get people thinking about the elections coming up from now to 2018 to 2020. This isn't just about firing the fools at the top of government. It's about firing your local fools. Success would be a fire and hire. It’s not enough to fire the fools. We must find excellent replacements and then educate the people about them. We need politicians who honor the people they serve above their party and their pocketbooks.
Q: So if it's not just Trump here that's "the Fool," what constitutes a “Fool” by your definition?
A: As a personal example, we're based in Nevada, so here we have the Dean Heller, one of our Senators, who is up for reelection in 2018. He's decided he doesn't answer the phone anymore. We’ve gathered people in droves at his office asking for answers or for him to hold a town hall, and hear nothing. He does not have an interest in listening to his constituency. A “Fool” for us is someone who's decided to put party over the people they represent.
Q: So could a Fool be from either party? Could a Democrat be held to that standard also?
A: Absolutely! These parties aren't sports teams. This is about our livelihoods, our families, and our country. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, we need to hold our representatives accountable, just as you would if you hired someone as your employee.
Q: What do you think about the resistance movement so far? Is there anything that's particularly frustrated or inspired you about this movement?
A: We see much of both. On the one hand, many of us are getting involved in the political process for the first time, which is crucial to democracy. On the other hand, we think there's a risk of us not being focused; of having too many splintered groups. That is the void FTF is trying to fill. No matter what your cause is or whom you're marching with, our mission is to bring people together where we're all focused on holding our leaders accountable to our voices and our will.
Q: The Women's March leaders went out of their way to say that their march wasn't about being anti-Trump. Do you think that was a mistake?
A: No. We think that's the beauty of this country. This country is about being able to go out there and exercise your first amendment rights to speak out for or against any cause that we see fit. Actually, the Women's March was a huge part of the inspiration for FTF.
Q: FTF gained 70k followers in a very short amount of time. How long did it take?
A: We launched the Twitter account on a Saturday morning, and in under 24 hours there were over 55,000 people signed up. We hit 70K 2 days later. We were totally blown away and caught by surprise. A pleasant surprise, of course!
Q: Are you worried at all that using "fool" in the title and holding the Digital Demonstration on April Fool's Day might make some people think this is a joke?
A: Funny enough, that didn't occur to us originally. We had the idea for calling out Donald Trump as a joker and came up with this whole FTF concept, and then when we looked on the calendar and saw that April 1st was a Saturday, we couldn't believe our luck!