At this point it’s hard to keep up with the flood of crap coming from the Trump administration, as he signs executive order after executive order pushing everything from his beloved border wall to, well, pretty much anything Paul Ryan and the Republicans give him to sign.
Meanwhile, his cabinet choices continue to sail through the Senate with minimal Democratic resistance. Democrats have been asking the nominees tough questions only to turn around and vote for them.
This is not good enough. We need to push the Dems to vote NO on EVERY Trump nomination, on EVERY Trump initiative.
So it’s time to call or write your Senators again. Indeed, this may need to become a daily habit.
You can find the name and contact info for your senators here. See my posts here and here for information and advice on how to make your calls and emails effective. If making these sorts of calls is tough for you, here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.
For today’s call:
If one or more of your Senators is a Democrat or Independent:
Go here to see how they voted on the nominees that have already been approved.
Call (or write) your Senators.
Here’s what I would say: If they voted no on any of the nominees thank them for that. Then tell them how deeply disappointed you are that they voted yes on any nominees. Tell them that these are not normal times and Trump is not a normal president, so normal political considerations don’t apply. Trump is a dangerous man intent on becoming some kind of American Putin. Tell them you are depending on them to stand up for democracy and against tyranny. Maybe add that you’re not someone who usually uses words like that.
If one or more of your Senators is Republican:
Here’s what I would say: Tell them you are angry and disappointed that the Republicans are essentially enabling a would-be tyrant. Mention some of the utterly ridiculous things Trump has said and done in recent days, from his bizarre and disrespectful trip to the CIA and his bizarre claims about millions of illegal votes to the ridiculous boondoggle that is his proposed border wall. Demand that they speak out against Trump. Remind them that Trump is massively unpopular already, and ask if they really want to be voted out of office because of their support for Trump.
Or something like that.
Alternately, if your Senators are Republicans but you are more interested in lighting a fire under the Democrats, call Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and ask him why his critical remarks about Trump’s nominees haven’t been followed by “no” votes for them. For more, see this Village Voice piece.
Call his office at (202) 224-6542 or send him a message through his website.
The more pressure we can put on politicians, Democrats and Republicans, the better.