I just called my senators & congressman & asked them to make public statements that they oppose Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as his Chief of Staff.
Here’s what I said:
“Is Senator _________ aware of Bannon’s ant-semitic comments, and that he is supported by white supremacist groups like the KKK?”
“Well, I know that Senator ___________ is as appalled by ant-semitism & white nationalism as I am. I encourage him to publicly state his disapproval of Bannon, making it clear that extremists like him have no place in public office. I look forward to hearing his statement.”
Then I ask if they need my zip so they know I am a constituent.
WHAT GOOD WILL THIS DO:
Conventional wisdom is that 1 phone call to a congressperson represents 50 unheard voters. We need to let our politicians know we are mobilized.
We need to make it clear to conservatives that siding with Trump is going to be a political risk for them. Many Trump voters don’t actually love Trump, and republicans know that. They are on shakey ground. We need to drive a wedge within their party.
If by some miracle we stop Bannon’s appointment it will make for a saner 4 years. It will also be a symbol of Trumps weakness. Trump followers hate weakness. It will make him lose face.
If you have a progressive congressperson: Let them know they have your support in speaking out, or your gratitude if they’ve already done so. You can email them or write if you don’t want to overwhelm their phone lines.
Be nice to the person you’re talking to. They are aides.
SAVE YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE’S NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE. YOU WILL BE CALLING THEM A LOT IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
GEORGIA PEOPLE: These are our senators, and the rep for GA district 10:
Local office: 770-661-0999
DC office: 202-224-3643
Local Office: 404-865-0087
DC Office: 202-224-3521
Congressman Hice (GA district 10)
Local Office: 770-207-1776
DC Office: 202-225-4101