FRIDAY'S D3 DAILY ACTION: DEMAND THAT CONGRESS CENSURES TRUMP
Please call Representative Scott Tipton and tell him to support the Congressional Censure Resolution.
In the wake of President Trump’s shameful statements on Charlottesville, Republicans have a decision to make: Will they finally stand up and condemn the president now that he’s defended white supremacists?
We’ve already seen business leaders jump ship from Trump’s advisory councils. Now, we’ll find out if any of his powerful allies on Capitol Hill will leave him behind.
Three House Democrats – Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) – will introduce a congressional censure resolution tomorrow, condemning the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress. A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn't represent American values.
The editorial board of USA Today makes a compelling case that it should pass. The editorial read in part:
Expressing disapproval in 140 characters or fewer is insufficient when the president angrily asserts that there were some “very fine people” among the bigots waving Confederate battle flags and swastika banners; when torch-bearing marchers chanted “Jews will not replace us”; and when police said one Nazi sympathizer rammed a sports car into a crowd, killing an innocent counterprotester. The victim, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was remembered Wednesday at a heartbreaking memorial service.
When these things happen in the United States, and the president blames “both sides,” more formal condemnation is necessary. This is a moment of reckoning for members of the Party of Lincoln: Do they want to stand up for American values, or do they want to keep enabling a president whose understanding of right and wrong has slipped dangerously off the rails?
If congressional Republicans choose the former – and history will be watching – they should join together with Democrats to censure Trump.