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Follow Other Democratic Members of Congress on Social Media

Are you a fan of California Senator Kamala Harris? How about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker? Or Minnesota House rep Keith Ellison?

Trolls target the social media postings of these and other popular Democratic members of Congress online, making nasty comments on their Facebook pages and their tweets.

You already know that you should not call members of Congress who do not represent you. They do not listen to citizens who live outside their legislative area. But you can support Democratic members of Congress you like, but who don’t represent you, by following them on social media. 

Liking and sharing their posts helps get their message out. While you should still pay the most attention to your own reps’ social media accounts, following other Democrats online lets you know what those like-minded folks are saying and doing.

Learning what they are doing readies you to call your own reps and ask them to support what those out-of-state Democrats are doing. You can indirectly help Democrats you like by asking your own Congressional delegation to join forces with them on specific bills and actions that matter to you.

Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare

Read “Call the Halls”, Follow Author Emily Ellsworth

 

ICYMI: Read Call the Halls, a guide to effectively contacting your members of Congress, and follow its author, former Utah Congressional aide Emily Ellsworth.

Within days of the election, Ellsworth was tweeting advice on what worked and didn’t work when talking to your Congressional delegation. That led her to write Call the Halls, which you can download here (if you can give a donation, please do; if you can’t, no worries–she deliberately created a free option):

http://www.emilyellsworth.com/

She seems to be the first to stress the fact that calling is the best way to speak to your Congressional reps. This blog would not exist without her and her early work.

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@editoremilye

 

Like her on Facebook:

@emilyellsworth

 

She also posts relevant stories to Medium every now and again. 

View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com

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Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter

Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter.

Yates, the former Deputy Attorney General joined Twitter late in June. We at OTYCD have been looking for ways to support her. Following her is a good place to start.

 

Here’s her handle:

@SallyQYates

 

And here’s what she linked to in her first tweet, her Washington Post op-ed, called Making America Scared Again Won’t Make Us Safer:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/making-america-scared-again-wont-make-us-safer/2017/06/23/f53d238e-578a-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?utm_term=.4ad39cc4dbb9

 

Also, check out who she’s following. Cool people and entities lurk therein:

https://twitter.com/SallyQYates/following

 

It won’t shock you to learn that one of the select few Yates follows is Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney General for New York. He was active on Twitter before Trump fired him and he updated his Twitter bio to tout that credential. His feed is smart, nimble, and pointed.

 

His Twitter handle is:

@PreetBharara

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Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter

Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter–two former White House ethics lawyers who have been explaining Trump’s violations in real time since the election.

Richard W. Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007. Norm Eisen played the same role for Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. Both are involved with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit founded in 2003. CREW is the entity that filed suit against Trump the first instant they could for contravening the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Both men have spoken out, consistently and speedily, on the many and varied ethics violations accrued by Trump since November 8, 2016. Both have since become active on Twitter (Eisen already was; Painter brought himself up to speed).

Following their feeds will by turns outrage you and keep you sane, in that you will see professional ethicists confirm that what Trump just did was indeed wrong and worth being angry about.

Follow Richard W. Painter on Twitter:

@RWPUSA

Follow Norm Eisen on Twitter:

@NormEisen

And heck, follow CREW on Twitter too:

@CREWcrew

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Ask Your House Rep to Support H.R. 2884, the COVFEFE Act

Ask your House rep to support H.R. 2884, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, aka the COVFEFE act. 

OK, Illinois Democrat Mike Quigley was having a bit of fun when he named his act, but it has a serious and worthy purpose. It would amend the Presidential Records Act of 1978 to specify that a president’s communications over social media count as presidential records.

Amending the law in this manner formally recognizes that Donald Trump’s tweets, be they from his POTUS account or his personal account, are considered presidential communications, and must be documented for posterity. The law could also prevent Trump and future presidents from deleting tweets and might prevent a president from blocking individuals on Twitter.

 

Read GovTrack’s backgrounder on the COVFEFE Act:

https://govtrackinsider.com/the-covfefe-act-would-permanently-archive-all-of-president-trumps-social-media-posts-c77b97d5802b

 

See the GovTrack page on the bill:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884

 

Read the text of the COVFEFE Act:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884/text

 

 

 

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Tell Your House Rep to Censure Rep Steve King For His Racist Tweet

Tell your House Representative to censure Steve King, their Republican colleague from Iowa, for the flagrantly racist tweet he sent on Sunday.

King (not to be confused with the best-selling author–that guy lives in Maine, and his political tweets are largely progressive) is a piece of work. He’s questioned what non-white people have contributed to civilization. He sponsored the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill. And on March 12, he fired off this fetid nugget of filth:

Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.

(King appears to be referencing Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician.)

Twitter is pasting King from 31 different directions over this breathtakingly gross tweet, as it should.

 

Charlie Pierce (who you should read on Esquire.com and follow on Twitter, btw) summed it up when he tweeted:

This is the most purely racist thing said by a sitting congresscritter in at least 40 years. Should get him censured by the House.

 

Paul Begala, who counseled Bill Clinton when he was president, responded:

Amen, brother Pierce. Sadly, “should” is a long damn way from “will.”

 

You know what to do.

 

Sample script: “Dear (House Representative Lastname,) I am (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling to ask you to censure your colleague Steve King. You might have heard about the racist tweet he sent on March 12–it was unspeakably disgusting and wrong at its core. No one, and especially not a sitting Congressman, should be able to make such pro-white supremacy statements without suffering swift and firm consequences. Please move to censure him.”

 

You can bet that when the time comes, OTYCD will let you know who steps forward to challenge him in 2018, and we’ll encourage you to support his opponent and flush him from office like the piece of human waste he is.

In the meantime, make those calls.

 

Follow Charlie Pierce:

@CharlesPPierce

 

Follow Paul Begala:

@PaulBegala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You Actions

Thank House Rep. John Lewis and Senator Cory Booker

Thank members of Congress John Lewis and Cory Booker for speaking out against Trump and his cabinet nominees.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against against Jeff Sessions, nominee for the United States Attorney General, during his Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this week. This was an especially brave act. It might be the only time that a sitting U.S. senator has testified against another sitting U.S. senator.

John Lewis, a civil rights hero who stands for Georgia’s Fifth District in the House of Representatives, also testified powerfully against Sessions at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Text for his remarks and a tape of Booker’s speech is below.

Side note: Know also that Lewis is under fire for saying on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd why he won’t be attending the upcoming presidential inauguration–the first he’s skipped since becoming a Congressman: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.” A clip of the appearance, in which Lewis speaks this quote, is below; the full interview airs on the morning of Sunday January 15.

Lewis has received a lot of support on social media, but he’s also getting flak from Trump and his nastier minions. (You read that right–Trump wasn’t smart enough to avoid attacking John Lewis on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.)

If either man is one of your members of Congress, call their offices on Tuesday to thank them. If they are not, send a thank-you postcard to these addresses (And if you’re upset about Booker’s vote against importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, send a second finger-wagging postcard–best to have one message per card) :

 

Senator Cory Booker

One Gateway Center

23rd Floor

Newark, NJ 07012

 

House Representative John Lewis

100 Peachtree St NW

Suite 1920

Atlanta, GA 30303

 

You can also tweet your thanks to Booker:

@CoryBooker

 

And you can tweet Lewis or leave a message on his Facebook page:

@repjohnlewis

https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis

 

See Cory Booker’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

http://www.businessinsider.com/cory-booker-jeff-sessions-2017-1

 

Read John Lewis’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

http://johnlewis.house.gov/sites/johnlewis.house.gov/files/Testimony%20of%20Congressman%20John%20Lewis%2011%20January%202017.pdf

 

See a clip from Lewis’s appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (the full interview airs on Sunday January 15):

John Lewis: Donald Trump not ‘a legitimate president’

 

More on Lewis’s statement and Trump’s response on Twitter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/13/john-lewis-doesnt-think-donald-trump-is-a-legitimate-president/?utm_term=.511250568742

 

And here’s a nymag.com piece on the vote that Booker and 12 other Democrats took against the Sanders-Klobuchar amendment on importing prescription drugs. Twelve Republicans voted in favor. This occurred during the early-morning January 12 “vote-a-rama”.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/why-cory-bookers-getting-progressive-heat-on-drug-vote.html