Call your two Senators and voice your support for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which began on February 9, 2021.
While Trump is on trial in the Senate, we at OTYCD ask you to call your Senators daily and voice support for proceedings, and for convicting him of the single count of inciting insurrection.
We expect to devote daily posts to this topic until the Senate trial ends.
For this one, you should call your Senators only. The House of Representatives’ role was drawing up and delivering the impeachment charge; they have done their job.
Once you have called your Senators, please ask friends and family to call theirs and ask them to vote to remove.
Before placing your call, please check the social media feeds and press release sections of your Senators’ websites to see what they’ve said, or failed to say, about the trial.
Also consider Googling their names before you call. Some actions and behaviors during the second day of the Senate trial, which was February 10, 2021, don’t necessarily make headline news but are notable enough for you to mention.
For example, if you are from Missouri, you’ll want to know that one of your Senators, Josh Hawley, was acting as if he wasn’t paying attention to the proceeding, as recorded in this tweet from Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) of NBC News:
Just left the chamber, where most members were at least partially engaged with @RepJoeNeguse presentation. The biggest exception: @HawleyMO – sitting up in the gallery with his feet up on the seat in front of him, reviewing paperwork, throughout.
If you are from Oklahoma, you might want to know that Senator James Lankford–who happens to be one of the members of Congress who intended to vote to overturn the 2020 election results, but changed their mind after the January 6 Insurrection— had a powerful reaction to film of the incident that the Impeachment managers ran today, as reported by Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) of Politico:
While those graphic videos were playing, some senators looked away. Other stood up and leaned forward to get a closer look. Earlier, Lankford looked down and shook his head after seeing the video of Ashli Babbitt shot outside the House chamber.
Sen. Lankford (R-Okla.) was incredibly shaken up after that last video of Officer Hodges being crushed. I and other reporters in the chamber observed Lankford appearing to get teary-eyed. Sen. Daines (R-Mont.) was comforting him and was holding his arm.
Sen. Lankford afterward says of his reaction: “It’s painful to see … Who in God’s name thinks, ‘I’m going to show that I’m right by smashing into the Capitol’? Who would do that?”
If you are from Utah, you’ll want to know that Senator Mitt Romney saw, for the first time, security camera footage of Officer Eugene Goodman directing him away from the approaching mob, potentially saving his life. Garrett Haake tweeted:
.@SenatorRomney tells reporters the video presentation was “overwhelmingly distressing and emotional.” He had no idea how close he had come to the mob, and said he’s looking forward to thanking Officer Goodman when he sees him next.
Also, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was interviewed by a C-SPAN reporter and said: “I don’t see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again. I just don’t see that.”
If you are from one of these four states, it’s worth referencing the relevant facts when you place your call to your Senators.
Find your Senators’ contact information, and help others find their Senators’ information, here:
“Hello Senator [Lastname], I am [Firstname Lastname] from [town, state, and giving your zip code helps too].
I am calling to voice support for the Senate trial of Donald Trump, which commenced on Tuesday, February 9.
I ask you to continue to view and hear the evidence, despite how difficult that might be. When the time comes, I ask you to weigh the evidence and vote to convict and remove Trump on the single count of inciting insurrection.
I believe Trump is guilty, and I believe that holding the trial and acting to remove him is vital to protecting and preserving democracy in America.
[If you are from Missouri and calling Josh Hawley: I understand that during day two of the trial, you behaved as if you were not paying attention to the proceedings. I expect better of you as a Senator, and I will remember your disrespectful attitude when you run for re-election.]
[If you are from Oklahoma and calling Senator James Lankford: I understand you were moved by the previously unseen footage shown on day two of the trial. I found it moving as well, and I hope you will hold it in mind when it comes time to vote to convict.]
[If you are from Utah and calling Mitt Romney: I understand you learned along with the rest of us that Officer Eugene Goodman may well have saved your life on January 6. I support your urge to thank him personally, and I would ask you to support S 35, a bill that would award a Congressional Gold Medal for his actions on the day. I would also ask you to hold the images you saw on day two of the trial in mind when it comes time to vote to convict.]
If you are from Alaska and calling Lisa Murkowski: I heard that you told C-SPAN you don’t see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again after the presentation you saw on day two of the impeachment trial. I agree, and after the vote to convict, I would ask you to vote to bar Trump from running for office in the future.]
Thank you for taking my call.”
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