Move On Over, Trump
Squatter-in-Chief Donald trump has swerved way out of his lane in attacks on MoveOn.org to his twitter followers.
Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee just directly attacked MoveOn on Twitter. Then on Fox News, Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign press secretary called us “despicable.”
The last time Trump called us out by name, MoveOn staff got hundreds of threats via email, phone, mail, and social media. We urgently need to rally together to beef up our internal security, while we double down on our work to stand up to Trump, Fox News, the RNC, and the right-wing media ecosystem that amplifies hate, lies, and attacks. Will you chip in $3?
Trump’s campaign is attacking us for calling on the Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year’s AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference—an event that will feature Benjamin Netanyahu, the corrupt, right-wing prime minister of Israel; a right-wing lobbying organization that champions him; and Mike Pence.
In 2015, while Barack Obama and MoveOn members joined forces to pass the historic Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu gave a speech in front of Congress trying to get them to reject it. AIPAC also played a hand in spending tens of millions of dollars to block the deal. Netanyahu and AIPAC tried to exploit partisan politics in America to undermine Obama’s historic Iran deal, but together, with President Obama, we successfully defended a diplomatic agreement that helped keep the U.S. off a path to war with Iran. (Trump has since tried to eviscerate the agreement while our allies in Europe are working hard to save it.)
And it’s not just the Iran deal: AIPAC has become a hard-right, highly partisan organization that provides a platform for Islamophobic rhetoric while refusing to condemn blatant anti-Semitism from Donald Trump and Republican politicians.
Over 74% of MoveOn members who took our recent poll agreed that any progressive candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference. The conference, you guessed it, seeks to shred the historic Iran nuclear diplomatic deal we fought so hard for—and to deny the basic human rights of Palestinians.
And Democratic candidates are listening. Just today, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro, and Pete Buttigieg, as of this writing, have all said they won’t attend the AIPAC conference—which may be in part why Trump’s attack dogs and other right-wing groups are going on the offense against MoveOn.
Our campaigning is striking a nerve. We can’t back down now.
We have stood up to Trump and his bullying for two and a half years, and we will never back down or remain silent. But being singled out by Trump’s campaign, Fox News, and the RNC has serious consequences—and already, the right-wing attacks are starting to snowball.
This is a breakthrough moment to change the power dynamics in Washington around how we support peace, diplomacy, and human rights, rather than AIPAC and its right-wing backers—which is why we need to keep pushing Democrats to skip the conference. It’s also why we must fight back against the torrent of right-wing attacks, including from Trump’s campaign.
Pretty Good For A Witch Hunt -Desperate Donald Is In Denial
Since the launch of the Mueller investigation nearly two years ago there have been 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas, and five prison sentences for individuals directly connected with Trump and his campaign.
This moment will test our democracy, and MoveOn and our partners are ready to meet it. Throughout the past two years, Trump has threatened over and over to shut down the investigation, but due in part to grassroots pressure from MoveOn members and our allies, he failed to stop Mueller from completing his work.
That is what people power looks like, and we are ready to flex our muscles again to defend our democracy and hold Trump accountable for his actions.
Are you with us for this fight?
This is it: Special counsel Robert Mueller has just submitted his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s crimes, corruption, and obstruction of justice. It is now up to William Barr, Donald Trump’s attorney general, to decide if the report will be made public.
Let’s be clear: Barr must make Mueller’s report public. It’s that simple. And if Barr attempts to conceal Mueller’s findings, we must take to the streets, and keep fighting for as long as it takes to ensure that there is real transparency and accountability from our government.
This is a defining moment. MoveOn has been preparing for this for months—and now it is time to act.
James, this is going to be a long fight, and we need sustained, consistent funds to build the grassroots pressure to ensure that the Mueller report is released to the public, and that Congress does its job to act on the report’s findings. Can you chip in $3 a week to MoveOn to make sure we can go all in on this work to defend our democracy?
This is one of the rare things that virtually all Americans agree on: Nine in 10 Americans want Mueller’s report to be made public, including a whopping 80% in Trump’s own party, according to a poll released on Wednesday.1
Barr owes it to the American people to release the report. But during his confirmation hearings last year, he refused to commit to releasing the report.2
That is why MoveOn has been preparing for months to go big and demand that the report be made public—and that appropriate actions are taken by our government to respond to the findings. Here is what we are ready to do, starting right now:
- Launch a massive push to call on Barr to release the report by pushing out digital ads, asking MoveOn members to pledge to act if Barr refuses to release the report, working with our allies to build a groundswell of public pressure on Barr, and calling on members of Congress to do everything in their power to prevent a cover-up and compel full transparency from Barr.
- Activate the Trump is Not Above the Law rapid response network if Barr refuses to make the report public. Over half a million MoveOn members and allies have signed up to attend rapid response events across the country. If word comes that Barr will not release the report, we’ll organize events and flood the streets within hours.
- Demand that Congress continue its investigation into Trump’s wrongdoing, including subpoenaing key figures to the Judiciary and Intelligence committees of the House, examining conflicts of interest in his tax returns, and launching impeachment proceedings if the report leads us there.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Ilya, Iram, Emily, and the rest of the team
1. Tweet by Official Team Trump, March 21, 2019
2. Tweet by GOP, March 21, 2019
3. Trump Campaign 2020 National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Fox News, March 21, 2019
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I’m writing to you today to ask you to start a MoveOn petition. Starting a petition takes only five minutes, and the result can change lives. I know that for a fact, because a MoveOn petition helped to save my family.
Last summer, ICE served my mom an order of deportation. She’d been in this country for nearly 20 years, worked at McDonald’s, paid her taxes, and always followed the rules set forth by INS and ICE. But none of that mattered to them when they told us she had to board a one-way flight to Bangladesh.
My parents and I were so upset—and so afraid. We wanted to fight back, but we didn’t know how to start. I was only 17. How could we take on something like ICE?
The answer was a MoveOn petition started by a community organization that wanted to help us!
More than 42,000 people signed the petition to stop my mom’s deportation. Local organizations got involved, and then the media took notice. Just days before she was set to be deported, ICE backed down and said my mom could stay. I will never forget that moment, standing in front of news cameras, my father in tears, thanking the MoveOn members who signed the petition to keep our family together.
James, I’ve seen firsthand the difference a MoveOn petition can make. So today, I’m writing this letter to you because I want you to know how good it feels to make a change in your community (or even your country!). My family is proof that when you raise your voice and organize, you can take on any opponent, even ICE. MoveOn has wonderful staff and amazing resources to help your petition succeed—but it all starts with you deciding you’re ready to take that first step.
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