How Pete Souza’s adorable tortoise Charlotte became a Trump-resisting icon


Have you ever wondered how to beInstagram famous without needing to know how to take a perfectly-framed photo or write an inspiring caption?

It’s possible… if you’rePete Souza’s pet tortoise Charlotte. Thanks to the former White House photographer under President Barack Obama, Charlotte — better known as @charlottethetortoise to her 20,000-plus Instagram followers — has not only become the internet’s latest viral animal sensation, but also a rallying soldier in the resistance against Donald Trump.

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The Washingtonian has published a short chronicling of Charlotte’s rise to fame and unexpected modeling career in Souza’s photography, which often throws shade at Trump and his administration in the cleverest of ways by contrasting the embarrassingly chaotic White House with the dignified and more orderly administration under former President Obama.

With Souza running Charlotte’s Instagram account, she’s been able to resist Trump without having to take much action. No need to speak. No need to march. No need to do anything but be herself and let Souza snap her photo and caption it to hopefully inspire change from those who can.

If you’ve ever doubted the power of social media to make an animal a resistance icon, doubt no more because Charlotte’s slaying days have only just begun.

Below are just a couple of Instagram gems Souza’s posted:

Come on man. Get that damn button off my shell. I wish I could vote. I』d start walking to the polling place at midnight so I could be there when they open at 7AM. I could probably walk there in four hours but I hear there』s some good grazing along the way.

A post shared by Charlotte (@charlottethetortoise) on Nov 5, 2018 at 8:24am PST

Remember this? I persisted; so can you. Don』t give up. Keep fighting.

A post shared by Charlotte (@charlottethetortoise) on Oct 6, 2018 at 9:45pm PDT

And, oh yes she did throw shade at Brett Kavanaugh:

I like kale. I still like kale. Sometimes I have too much kale. :camera:@petesouza

A post shared by Charlotte (@charlottethetortoise) on Sep 30, 2018 at 7:31am PDT

If a tortoise can fight the good fight against Trump, surely anyone who’s unhappy with his governance can contribute in some way. Anything, however small or larger.

Social media’s so powerful because its reach has the potential to cast a net on a massive audience. Why not use it for positive and progressive action instead of merely complaining about Russian manipulation of the platforms?