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Impeachment Update, December 20. The Trumpistas Are Still Losing Their Shit, We’ll Bet. Your Job? Yep, Keep Calling.


Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 


Also, your 2019 To-Do List:


And if you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:


The House of Representatives held the full floor vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump on December 18, 2019.


Odds are the House voted to impeach on both counts. Odds are it was along party lines. As much as we at OTYCD would be pleasantly surprised to see at least some House Republicans keeping their integrity and voting based on the facts before them… yeah, probably won’t happen.


This much is true: Angry Trumpistas are calling their members of Congress to bleat and whine and threaten and fulminate against the historic vote. They started calling before The Big Vote, and they’re still calling, and will probably keep calling.


So! It is That! Much! More! Important! That you call your members of Congress, starting with your House rep, to voice support for impeachment.


If your House Rep did the right thing, THANK him or her. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents shows them you care about this issue and helps them stay on their path.


If your House Rep did the wrong thing, respectfully voice your disagreement with his or her vote. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents matters, because their staff keeps tabs on how many calls they receive on specific issues. Even if pro-impeachment calls don’t change their vote, it shows them the risk they are running, and shows them how their voters feel on the issue.


Then call your Senators, cite how your House Rep voted, and ask them to do their level best to honor their oaths as jurors in the upcoming impeachment trial, which will take place in the new year. Do this regardless of how they lean, for the same reasons given above. It’s important that they hear from you.


And! You need to continue to urge your friends and family to call their Congressfolk and say they support the impeachment process.


Tell your friends and family that their efforts matter, and tell them they do need to call and speak to a live person or leave a voicemail, or alternately, send an email. If they don’t know who their Congressfolk are or how to reach them, use this tool to look them up:


Before you place your own daily call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 


She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.


Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.


If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:


If you’ve ignored all the OTYCD posts urging you to call on impeachment to date, now is the time to get involved. Trumpistas will, are, and will continue to ring the offices of their members of Congress to scream and bleat and threaten as impeachment comes to a head in the House; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.


Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.


When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.


Now that the full floor vote has taken place in the House of Representatives, its role in impeachment is largely finished.


You should call your Senators even though the Senate trial isn’t happening yet. These calls should start with “I realize the trial has not started yet” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet underway in the Senate.


Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.


Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.


Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.


Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.


Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.


Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.


After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.


You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter


You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:


You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.


You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.


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