Festive Protesters Dance and Shout Behind the White House While Donald Trump Speaks

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If you noticed a droning, high-pitched noise playing somewhere far off as Donald Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, you may have thought your ears were ringing. Fear not: Those were just protesters raising a ruckus near the back lawn of the White House, attempting to drown out the president.

The crowd played music, rattled noisemakers, and banged pots and pans to express their opposition to Trump—who made the unprecedented decision to accept the Republican presidential nomination at the White House.

More pleasing to the ear than the scene on the White House lawn, if you ask me.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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