The Resistance Report – 10.21.18

Two Weeks

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.

The story this week changed in its details, but the broad strokes are all still there: Trump is an authoritarian working to dismantle America as a democracy, using the classic tools of dictators before him: sowing racial division and hatred, attacking the press, promoting a cult of personality and breaking or rigging systems wherever possible. Throughout, he continues to lie, lie, lie. This would be grave danger enough if it were Trump alone, but the Republican party is in lockstep behind him. Whether through amoral greed or crippling fear, they not only refuse to limit him, but in fact contort themselves to bolster his every deception and emulate him by cheating and lying themselves.

These tactics are what we will see for the next two weeks, as Republicans try to cling to power. Trump is trying to stoke fear about a new caravan of refugees leaving Honduras. He is doing this despite the fact that it is his own party that has been able to offer no solution to immigration problems in the nearly two years it has been in power.

This week Trump, at one of his rallies praised Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for body-slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs last year. Trump did this even as he continued to side-step who was responsible for the depraved torture-murder of reporter and American resident Jamal Khashoggi, almost certainly carried out under the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Republican party, meanwhile, continues its desperate work of voter suppression, hoping to limit participation enough to eke out victories. And they have turned to lying about their position on protecting insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, since the truth – that they are working right now through a lawsuit to take them away – is wildly unpopular. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell has said that earned benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be cut because of the enormous deficit – the one he created last winter with his giant tax give-away to the rich.

To top it off, we now have diligently-researched reports that back up what’s long been said: the Trump “business” is, in fact, a long-running criminal enterprise, built on fraud and money-laundering. That connects it to the mob – you know, the same one, Russian-variety, that got Trump elected.

Please don’t assume that the voters you talk to will know much, or any, of this. The press often does a mediocre job of calling out obvious lies and still falls for a “both sides do it” approach which, these days, is completely false. The truth still has to be told and spread, now more than ever.

Fortunately, there are fantastic Democratic candidates everywhere you look, turning in inspiring debates and connecting with their constituents. Won’t you please help us with every spare moment you have, to make sure that they win on November 6th? You can do it by writing postcards to voters, texting and phoning voters and by canvassing in swing districts. And please set aside time for the all-out effort on The Last Weekend.

The fate of our country is on the line. Help us save it!

– Tom Benthin

A reminder: a key resource for tracking all the abnormal events from the past week of the Trump presidency is Amy Siskind’s Weekly List: theweeklylist.org .

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Before the disaster of the 2016 election we could follow the events that affected our lives by checking the news or seeing occasional posts on Facebook. Since then, with Trump’s erratic, aggressive and autocratic behavior and the Republicans’ unceasing attacks on our government and their efforts to transfer ever more money from working Americans to the rich, it has become much more difficult – and more important – to find our way through the weekly onslaught of news. To get ourselves grounded in the facts and to prepare for the week of action ahead, we provide this weekly summary of critical events to help us cut through the distractions and stay focused and informed as we fight to preserve our democracy.