Donald Trump’s victory as president of the United States has resulted in a vast display of outrage and distress amongst Americans. While tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest his election, others focused on the human aspect of the situation, promoting messages of unity and peace towards minority communities.
However, one man, who stands out amongst all, is a SpaceX executive, Dex Torricke-Barton.
For Barton, who is the son of a refugee from Burma and emigrated to the U.S. from the U.K., Trump’s ticket to the White House has been very personal.
In a Facebook post the SpaceX communications director announced that he would be quitting his dream job just six months into it “to work on causes focused exclusively on social change.”
“As an immigrant and the son of a refugee, and as someone dedicated to advancing the interests of humanity, I don’t want to watch while the world slips backwards. So I'm choosing to go and make whatever contribution I can — no matter how small — toward making the change we need: standing up for openness, compassion and sound global leadership,” Barton wrote.
He then listed a number of things he plans to do in order to bring about the change.
“There are a few moments in our lives when in the midst of darkness we are called to rise and act. After Brexit, after Trump, after the refugee crisis and all the wars and terror of the last decade, I have to try and answer this call. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to take this step. Onwards,” Barton boldly stated.
The enthusiastic man also introduced his new initiative called Onwards to people who would like to stay up to date with his activities as he fights Trump.
In an interview with CNN Money, the Barton referred to a Trump presidency as a “nightmare.”
"The only reason to leave my dream job was to go and fight a nightmare — a future where the world is less open, less compassionate, more closed," he said.
While the United States anxiously watches on to see what the new president-elect will do once in the Oval Office, people like Barton have already predicted the mess the country is likely to land in, and are taking it upon themselves to save America from the downfall.