Rebuke Trump and show support for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) by donating to charities that help FBI families.
If you believe Donald Trump’s tweets, the FBI is a hotbed of radical liberalism, bent on taking down his administration. We should’t have to tell you not to believe Trump’s tweets–they’re absurd. The FBI is many things, but a bastion of leftist free-thinking it is not.
Many, many people have decried Trump’s attacks on the FBI. Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) of Lawfareblog seems to be the first to fight back by supporting FBI-related charities. On December 23, he tweeted:
The President is impugning the integrity of the FBI by attacking two honorable public servants: Jim Baker and Andy McCabe. I just donated $1,000 to the
@FBIAgentsAssoc in their names. I urge others to give as well and tweet that you did so to #thanksFBI. https://fbiaa.org/ways-to-donate
He then retweeted several others who mentioned their donations in honor of Baker and McCabe on social media.
Later that day, the FBI Agents Association (@FBIAgentsAssoc) tweeted:
Thank you to everyone who has generously contributed to our charitable funds. Your money will directly benefit FBI families in need.
On December 24, former CIA director John Brennan (@JohnBrennan) pointedly joined the cause, tweeting:
Andy McCabe & Jim Baker epitomize integrity, competence, and respect for rule of law. Not surprised
@realDonaldTrump fears them, along with the rest of FBI. I just donated to @FBIAgentsAssoc as a small way of saying #thanksFBI. Here’s how you can too: https://fbiaa.org/ways-to-donate
The FBI Agents Association administers two charities.
The Membership Assistance Fund helps FBI families who suffer a sudden, unforeseen tragedy, such as a cancer diagnosis or an accident.
The Memorial College Fund provides scholarships to the children and spouses of FBI personnel who died on the job or within a year of leaving the agency.
Both are 501(c) (3) charities. Note: If you are uncomfortable with guns, you might want to focus on the Membership Assistance Fund alone. The Memorial College Fund has raised money through the sale of commemorative firearms.
We at OTYCD recognize that the FBI is not a perfect organization, and its history includes some pretty terrible acts. That said, it most emphatically does not deserve the abuse that Trump is raining on it, and we should do what we can to defend the FBI in the context of defending the infrastructure of democracy from the corrosive effects of Trump’s authoritarian whims. Donating to these two FBI charities are a way to stand up for the agency and its people, who have been unfairly maligned.
See the main donation page for the FBI Agents Association:
See its page for the Membership Assistance Fund:
See its page for the Memorial College Fund:
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