The most common refrain from activists who oppose beginning impeachment hearings is that holding them and then failing to get the supermajority needed in the Senate to convict will help Trump and ensure his re-election…But there is no evidence to support this claim. History, it seems, isn’t telling us that at all.
After the release of the Mueller report, the question isn’t whether Trump deserves to be impeached. It’s whether Democrats will have the courage impeach him. Pelosi and other Democrats have urged caution, concerned that impeachment might hurt rather than help them in the next election. We believe their hesitation and fear is irresponsible and dangerous. This is no normal political situation: Trump is an autocrat who is quickly consolidating power. Democrats must be bold and aggressive, fighting for the survival of our democracy, for that is what is on the line and may be quickly lost if Trump is not countered immediately. As activists dedicated to defending and preserving our democracy, our job is to press them hard to take action and begin impeachment hearings. Now.
“We are at the end of reasonable debate about whether Trump is hopelessly compromised … The President of the United States knowingly and eagerly participated in a scheme with a hostile foreign leader who he knew was seeking to influence the Presidential election. Trump sought to profit politically and financially, many of his closest subordinates executed this effort, and he then was aware of and, it seems likely, encouraged an illegal effort to hide these facts. His reckless, unpatriotic actions have left him compromised by at least one but likely many foreign powers and have left his election open to reasonable questions about its legitimacy. And, every day, he sets policies and makes decisions that have an impact on the lives of all Americans and the fortunes of the very autocrats who hold sway over him. It cannot stand.”
“Building the Next Wave”
“About 60 million people turned out to vote for Democrats for the House this year. That is a **crazy** number. (Republicans got 45m votes in the 2010 wave.)
And this was sort of missed. Why so many stories about Trump voters in truck stops and not so many about "the resistance”?”
“Winning Florida or Texas would've been like hitting Omaha Beach and cruising straight on into Berlin with the top down, listening to the Beach Boys.”
– William Gibson, tweet
“What’s At Stake”
How many times have we heard, over the last year, that “history will not judge the Republicans kindly”? No, it won’t. But how will it judge us? Let us be glad, then, that it’s our turn to give everything we have to the preservation of our country and the assurance of its future. When the stories are told, let one be that when it mattered most, we stood up, together, and did what was needed, all that was needed, and more. When the stakes could not have been higher.
“The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.”
As with last week, this Resistance Report will be brief – the better to give you time to do the work that’s needed now, which is reaching out to voters in swing districts and states to flip them blue.
We have 23 days until the election and, at this point, that is really all that matters. We’ll quickly note Trump’s lies, attacks and misdirections, then get back to the critical work of turning out the vote.
“At this stage in his Presidency, Trump, already described in reports from his own aides as unfit for the office, implicated by his former lawyer as an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony, and now alleged, according to the Times, to have benefitted from tax schemes that in some instances amounted to “outright fraud”—not to mention being a liar and a con artist—should not be allowed to appoint Justices for lifetime appointments.”