This is a moment many of us have been pushing for for so long: Trump’s criminal behavior has finally caught up to him. More and more details are coming out about how he tried to extort Ukraine but also what appears to be quite the cover-up by White House officials. Nancy Pelosi called for a formal impeachment inquiry, so our job is done, right?
Not in the slightest.
We still have work to do. This post won’t be comprehensive, but it’s a start.
If you have a Republican Representative in Congress:
You must contact them and tell them that what Trump did is criminal and should not be allowed to continue. Tell them you expect them to vote to impeach him. Now, your call isn’t going to turn your GOP Rep into Mr. Pro-Impeachment, but a flood of calls just like yours will make them think twice about being a full-throated defender of the President. (Except for Devin Nunes. Not sure anything can save that guy.)
If you have a Democratic Representative in Congress:
First, check HERE to see if your Rep has come out publicly in support of impeachment. If they have, thank them. Don’t skip this step — impeachment can be politically perilous, but lots of calls like yours will demonstrate to them that voters have their back.
If your Rep hasn’t yet come out publicly for impeachment, ask them to do so, and give them your reasons why.
Be disciplined on social media:
Trump and his supporters are going to do everything they can to change the story, and twist it to their liking. Attorney General Bill Barr did exactly this when the Mueller report came out and his narrative defined the report for weeks. We can already see Trump’s defenders throwing all kinds of things at the wall to see what sticks.
We must stay focused on Trump’s behavior: Trump tried to extort the Ukrainian president into investigating one of his 2020 political rivals, and then covered it up.
Try as best you can not to get pulled into whatever distracting story they throw out there. By replying or sharing those distractions, we end up helping them distract from what Trump did. Here’s an example of what not to do:
Them: It’s a witch hunt!
Us: It’s not a witch hunt.
Them: It’s a witch hunt!!!!
Us: No, it’s not a witch hunt.
We think we’re counteracting what they’re saying but all anyone is hearing is that we’re arguing over whether it’s a witch hunt or not, and what has gotten lost is what actually happened.
I get it. This isn’t easy to do. I wrote more about how to do this kind of thing HERE with tips on how to employ it when you’re on social media.
So to recap, stay focused and be sure to let your Representative know where you stand. Thank you for taking action.