Action #1: Everyone – call your Senators!
The impeachment trial is starting today, Feb. 9, but we need to make the phones jump in our senators’ offices. If you live in a state with GOP SENATORS, OR HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT DO, ask them to make calls EVERY DAY to their senators offices.
Minimal script (Democrat) : I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for their support in convicting and disqualifying Trump from office. He urged his followers to resort to violence instead of allowing a peaceful transition of power and he remains a clear and present danger to our democracy. GOP votes to acquit are cowardly and unAmerican and will lead to more American deaths.
Minimal script (Republican) : I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to convict and disqualify Trump from office. In defense of his “Big Lie” about a stolen election, he urged his followers to resort to violence instead of allowing a peaceful transition of power. People died because of him. He remains a clear and present danger to our democracy and I expect Sen. [___] to put aside partisan politics and stop hiding behind fake constitutional arguments and do [his/her] duty to protect our country. A vote to acquit Trump is cowardly and unAmerican and will lead to more American domestic terrorism and deaths. We will hold you accountable.
- ALL SENATORS: (202) 224-3121
- Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
- and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553
Action #2: Start changing public opinion!
House impeachment managers played this explicit video of the Capitol riot, which remains as horrifying as the day of the insurrection.
What we see clearly now though, is that our former president is actually a stochastic terrorist, who deliberately incites violence for his own political gain and who can now be considered a terrorist leader. His months-long campaign of the “Big Lie” was finally let off the chain on Jan. 6th with exhortations to fight like hell or his followers wouldn’t have a country anymore. It ended with the deaths of 5 people, including a police officer, injuries to 134 officers, some of them with life-changing consequences and a bill to the American public of over $519 million dollars.
We learned the truth of what we’d guessed…that President Trump was “delighted” to hear that his supporters were breaking into the Capitol building, and ignored pleas for help in favor of watching the violence on TV. We learned how close we came to watching an American vice president get lynched in real time. We learned how close certain legislators came to being dragged out, shot or beaten to death. We’re now committed to learning where this insurrection falls in the violent history of America, including that of White Supremacy, the Silver Legion, and the rise of female terrorism in both QAnon and ISIS.
Why is it important to acknowledge that Trump is a terrorist leader? (Atlantic) “Viewing Trump’s insurrection through a counterterrorism lens unlocks some insights about how to deradicalize his most violent supporters. Successful efforts to fight terrorism begin at the top. An ideology may survive and linger, but to curtail a terror threat requires what counterterrorism experts call “leadership decapitation.” (The meaning is figurative.) Society is more likely to heal when an extremist group’s ideological leader is isolated and damaged in the eyes of his supporters.“
But if the GOP members of the Senate use Sen. Rand’s gaslighting constitutional argument to hide their cowardice at this week’s trial, more Americans will die. You can hear insurrectionists on the video discussing the increased firepower they will bring “next time.” According to QAnon, that may be as soon as March 4, when Trump is to be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States.