June 2021: It’s Time To Restore Voter Confidence With MoveOn
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Marjorie “Trailer” Taylor Greene Removal Petition
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy must expel Marjorie “Trailer” Taylor Greene. The Q-anon dupe who continues to be racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic. Will you join over 40,000 MoveOn members across the country and add your name to my petition?
Dear MoveOn member,
There is no place in Congress for Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who most recently made an abhorrent comment comparing the mask mandate in the U.S. House to the Nazi program to exterminate Jewish people during the Holocaust.1 There is no place in Congress for her racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, conspiracy theories, and attacks against survivors of gun violence. There is no place in any workplace, much less the halls of Congress, for those who harass, intimidate, and spew hate at their colleagues.
McCarthy has refused to take disciplinary actions against Greene and voted against removing her from committee assignments, which passed with bipartisan support despite his opposition.2,3 Instead, he continues to embrace members like Greene while ousting Representative Liz Cheney from House GOP leadership for telling the truth and calling out Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen.
McCarthy and the GOP’s silence in the face of Greene’s unconscionable conduct isn’t just a bad look; it’s a threat to other lawmakers. Her recent threats against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have caused AOC to fear for her physical safety and hire more security, and Representative Jimmy Gomez, who introduced the resolution to expel Greene, reports receiving death threats from Greene’s supporters.4,5
Marjorie Taylor Greene is not an outlier. She is a perfect encapsulation of today’s Republican Party. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is failing his duty to reprimand Greene for her heinous words and deeds. He must expel Greene from Congress immediately.
And Rep. Greene doesn’t just spew hate. She directly threatens her colleagues with it. Workplace safety is a growing concern across America. Hate can be lethal. There should be no tolerance for anyone who threatens colleagues. This goes for Congress as well—if not more so, since members of Congress are supposed to be national leaders.
The list of reasons why Rep. Greene should be expelled from Congress goes on and on, but here are a few:
She has repeatedly publicly supported calls to execute prominent Democratic politicians, including liking a Facebook comment that called for Nancy Pelosi to get “a bullet to the head.” In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who were alleged to be part of the “deep state” working against Trump.6
She’s endorsed conspiracy theories claiming that 9/11 was an inside job and that the Sandy Hook shooting—where 26 elementary school children and teachers were massacred—was staged.7
She is Islamophobic and antisemitic and suggested the 2018 midterms—when our nation’s first two Muslim congresswomen were elected—was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government,” and she thinks “Jewish space lasers” are responsible for a wildfire in California.8,9
She was one of the many members of Congress who voted to object to the election results after the deadly, white supremacist attack on our Capitol and our democracy.
On January 12, after the insurrection and after results of the election had been certified by all 50 states, by the Electoral College, and by Congress, she tweeted, “President Trump will remain in office.”10
She has repeatedly targeted, threatened, and harassed other members of Congress, including Congresswomen Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Hundreds of posts, likes, and comments showing Rep. Greene inciting violence by spewing baseless conspiracy theories that have endangered the lives of many continue to resurface across the internet.
And that’s just scratching the surface. Our country and democracy are in danger every minute that Rep. Greene is still a member of Congress. McCarthy can change this. This is why we must come together to make sure McCarthy expels Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress, now.
–Robert Reich, Inequality Media Civic Action
1. “Marjorie Taylor Greene compares House mask mandates to the Holocaust,” CNN, May 22, 2021
2. “McCarthy announces no disciplinary actions against Greene,” The Hill, February 3, 2021
3. “Marjorie Taylor Greene removed from House committee assignments,” CBS News, February 5, 2021
4. “Rep. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns,” The Washington Post, May 13, 2021
5. “One House Democrat Is Not Giving Up On His Crusade To Expel Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Forbes, May 13, 2021
6. “Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments ‘Incite Insurrections’ Says GOP Colleague Adam Kinzinger,” Newsweek, January 13, 2021
7. “On Facebook in 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an inside job and that Sandy Hook was staged,” Media Matters for America, January 21, 2021
8. “House Republican leaders condemn GOP candidate who made racist videos,” Politico, June 18, 2020
9. “Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘Jewish Space Lasers’ Conspiracy Theory Met With Derision, Jokes,” Newsweek, January 29, 2021
10. “Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments ‘Incite Insurrections’ Says GOP Colleague Adam Kinzinger,” Newsweek, January 13, 2021
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|Dear MoveOn member,
While the House has passed a bill to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection, GOP senators are doing everything they can to block the investigation of the white supremacist mob that invaded the Capitol, left several people dead, and tried to overthrow the results of a democratic election.
Why? Because they are afraid it will give Donald Trump bad press and hurt the GOP’s chances in the midterms.
We can’t let these cowards who would rather curry favor with Trump than protect our democracy continue to serve in office.
Which is why MoveOn is running a huge campaign to toss the seditionists out of office in 2022. We have a big plan to go after vulnerable GOP senators in key states—like Ron Johnson in Wisconsin and Marco Rubio in Florida, but we can’t pull it off without you.
The right wing is coming out in full force to oppose the January 6 commission, with many even claiming that the violent extremists who invaded the Capitol were “peaceful patriots” or just “tourists.”3
Trump himself is urging the GOP to oppose the investigation.
This is the despicable behavior of a Republican Party that is terrified.
They’re terrified that an official investigation will reveal the truth. The far right knows that Trump—along with Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and others—helped instigate the attack on the Capitol. And they’re terrified that this investigation will officially establish the GOP as the party of violence and sedition.
Which is why they’re pulling out every trick in the book to stop the investigation. We won’t let them get away with it. We’re holding them accountable at the ballot box.
Why We Must End the Republican’t Filibuster Obstruction
Now, with Democrats in the majority in the Senate and in power in the White House, there’s a chance to finally pass these reforms. Except one thing will still stop them: Mitch McConnell won’t let them come to a vote.
Why is this? Because the filibuster. This Jim Crow-era relic was invented by pro-slavery senators before the Civil War. The filibuster has a history of being used to stop civil rights laws, prevent the passage of over 200 anti-lynching bills, and enshrine segregation.
Constantly being abused by Republicans to entrench their minority power.
They are using it to stop the Senate from taking action on voting rights.
Also LGBTQ+ rights. On worker rights. On police reforms. On immigration reform.
We need common-sense gun reform laws, and we need action.
What’s stopping our country from reinstating the assault weapons ban and passing a range of other broadly popular measures to combat gun violence? A mixture of political will because of the Republican abuse of the filibuster, which means that a majority of senators won’t be able to take up measures that the vast majority of the American people agree with.
Can you call your senators today and say that it’s time to end Republican abuse of the filibuster, the right-wing obstruction, and Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on our country? Tell your senators to end the filibuster, so we can get things done.
The public is on our side. Nearly 70% of Americans believe that our country needs an assault weapons ban.3 In the last session of Congress, Democrats in the House passed gun control measures to expand background checks on gun purchases. The only thing that stopped it: McConnell wouldn’t let it come to a vote.
And now, with Democrats in the majority in the Senate and in power in the White House, it’s a chance to finally pass these reforms. Except one thing will still stop them: Mitch McConnell won’t let them come to a vote.
Why is this? Because the filibuster—a Jim Crow-era relic invented by pro-slavery senators before the Civil War, that has a history of being used to stop civil rights laws, prevent the passage of over 200 anti-lynching bills, and enshrine segregation—is now being abused by Republicans to entrench their minority power.
They are using it to stop the Senate from taking action on voting rights. On LGBTQ+ rights. On worker rights. On police reforms. On immigration reform.
And now, they are using it to stop action on gun violence.
Enough is enough. Democrats were elected to govern. The public wants action on protecting our democracy, our rights, and our immigrant communities. Democrats must lead to change the filibuster rules and Republicans must get out of the way. Your senator needs to hear why acting urgently to end the filibuster is important to you.
We’ll still have more work to do to tackle the culture of violence, which is a constant in our country, from the Capitol insurrection, to the anti-Asian mass shooting in Atlanta, to the latest massacre in Colorado. We need to address its root causes and white supremacy, and we need to invest in confronting gun violence as a public health epidemic.
But we can start with wildly popular measures, which are ready to go.
To get there, we need to end the filibuster. And we can. Now.
Pro health, science and vaccination
As safe, effective vaccines have become widely available across the country, right-wing media and elected officials have begun to ramp up their misinformation campaigns. Those messages are spreading like wildfire on AM radio and social media, directly leading to an increase in vaccine hesitancy.
Tucker Carlson and Fox News know that they are spreading lies