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Call Your MoCs and Make It Damn Clear You Expect Them to Condemn Trump Forcefully for Yesterday’s Racist Remarks

Call your MoCs, all three of them, and make it damn clear that you expect them to condemn Donald Trump himself, specifically, by name, for his disgusting remarks of yesterday (August 15).

These last few months have been stomach-turning and bizarre. Trump keeps bringing us lower, and lower, and lower, leaving us to wonder when he will take us to the bottom.

Well, he just might have hit bottom on the afternoon of August 15, when he essentially walked back his comments on Charlottesville, doubled down on bothsidesism, and pretty much equated Confederate general Robert E. Lee with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Holy crap. Just, holy crap. It is hard to know what to say. It is hard to know where to start.

Probably best to send you directly to Politico‘s transcript of the impromptu press conference, so you can see the batshittery for yourself:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/15/full-text-trump-comments-white-supremacists-alt-left-transcript-241662

Before you call your MoCs, check their social media feeds. If they have condemned Trump’s initial round of remarks on Charlottesville, acknowledge that. (Don’t thank them for that, just acknowledge you saw their statements. No one gets a cookie for saying Nazis are bad, FFS.)

If one or more of your MoCs have said nothing at all, about any of Trump’s Charlottesville statements? CALL THEM OUT. Politely, but forcefully. Never be rude. You can be angry, and you can get that anger across, without being rude. Honest.

If your MoCs are Republican, it is extra-important for you to call.

If one of your MoCs is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it is super-mega-extra important for you to call.

Basic script for a Democratic MoC who spoke out against Trump’s Charlottesville comments: “Hi, I’m (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling (Senator/House Rep Lastname) to thank them for speaking out against Donald Trump’s disgusting, racist remarks about Charlottesville. I would also ask them to support any efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public lands around the country, and support any efforts to restore the scope of the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program–widening its focus to include homegrown white supremacist terrorists. Trump’s administration urged that it be reworked to exclude white supremacist terrorists and focus only on Islamic terrorism. Thank you.”

Alternate script for a Democratic or Republican MoC who inexplicably hasn’t said anything about any of Trump’s Charlottesville comments: “Hi, I’m (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling (Senator/House Rep Lastname) to ask that they go on record and speak out against Donald Trump’s disgusting, racist remarks about Charlottesville. I looked at their social media feeds and didn’t see anything along those lines, which is why I ask. I would also ask them to support any efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public lands around the country, and support any efforts to restore the scope of the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program–widening its focus to include homegrown white supremacist terrorists. Trump’s administration urged that it be reworked to exclude white supremacist terrorists and focus only on Islamic terrorism. Thank you.”

 

Basic script for a Republican MoC who might have said something about the earlier Trump comments on Charlottesville, but hasn’t spoken out about the August 15 comments, or did so without calling out Trump by name or by his POTUS title: “Hi, I’m (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code). I wanted to thank (Senator/House Rep Lastname) for speaking out about Trump’s earlier comments on Charlottesville, but I would ask that they step up a second time and address Trump’s disgusting, racist comments of August 15, and condemn him by name. I looked at their social media feeds and didn’t see anything along those lines, which is why I ask.”

“I would also ask them to support any efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public lands around the country, and support any efforts to restore the scope of the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program–widening its focus to include homegrown white supremacist terrorists. Trump’s administration urged that it be reworked to exclude white supremacist terrorists and focus only on Islamic terrorism. Thank you.”

 

Special script for constituents of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other Republican Congressional leaders: “I’m (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code). I wanted to thank (Senator/House Rep Lastname) for speaking out about Trump’s earlier comments on Charlottesville, but I would ask that they use their power as Republican leaders to condemn what Trump said on August 15 and make it unambiguously clear that those attitudes are utterly repugnant and against what the party stands for.”

“I would also ask them to support any efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public lands around the country, and support any efforts to restore the scope of the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program–widening its focus to include homegrown white supremacist terrorists. Trump’s administration urged that it be reworked to exclude white supremacist terrorists and focus only on Islamic terrorism. Thank you.”