Yesterday, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin showed us what democracy looks like.
Putting the principles of her oath of office and the U.S. Constitution center stage, the Michigan
Democrat announced a decision that, as she said, may mark the end of her “short political career.”
Slotkin said she will vote to impeach and remove President Donald J. Trump, who won her Republican district by 7 points back in 2016, in a full House vote that could come as soon as tomorrow.
Personifying the “Bad-Ass Woman” moniker she shares with her military veteran colleagues, yesterday Slotkin addressed a raucous town hall in Rochester, Michigan where she was taunted by protestors carrying “Impeach Slotkin, Keep Trump” signs. Seemingly oblivious to the din of jeers that commingled with cheers from her supporters, Slotkin made the same crystalline case she published in an op-ed in yesterday’s Detroit Free Press. “In the national security world that I come from, we are trained to make hard calls on things, even if they are unpopular, if we believe the security of the country is at stake,” Slotkin wrote, "There are some decisions in life that have to be made based on what you know in your bones is right. And this is one of those times.”
In the wake of Slotkin’s news, a string of moderate House Democrats — including Representatives Joe Cunningham, Ben McAdams, Jason Crow, Andy Kim and Abigail Spanberger — announced their plans support impeachment. Fearing blowback from their Republican constituents would cost them their seats in 2020, the Democrats, all first-term members who flipped their districts, had previously been reticent about such a move. Clearly they are compelled to, above all else, do the right thing.
How ironic that these politically vulnerable freshmen Democrats are willing to lose their seats to hold a lawless President accountable for trying to cheat his way to re-election. They are the antithesis of their craven, complicit Republican colleagues. And they deserve our support.
Here’s what your can do today to show them you have their backs:
*Chip in the proverbial $5 to their re-election campaigns. You can donate to Elissa Slotkin, Joe Cunningham and Ben McAdams via my one-stop shopping link which will benefit ten of the most endangered Congressional Democrats. If you want to allocate to specific candidates, click here and follow the instructions to give to individual candidates.
*Get out today and march for impeachment. As NYT columnist Michelle Goldberg reports, "Over 550 protests calling for the impeachment and removal of Trump are planned, sponsored by a coalition of progressive groups including Public Citizen, Indivisible, the Service Employees International Union and the Sierra Club. There will be at least one protest in every state. If you are disgusted by Trump’s behavior, and by the way elected Republicans have built an impenetrable wall of lies to protect him, you should go.”
Goldberg makes it easy to pinpoint the protest closest to you — simply plug your zip code into the link on this page.
For those of you in New York City, the NYC Coalition to Impeach and Remove will convene a demonstration in Times Square on 46th Street near the George Cohan statue tonight at 5:30 PM.
*Spread the word. If you’re like me — stuck at the end of a treacherously icy dirt road and unable to march — rally others to turn out. Forward this email or distribute your own to stoke public support.
Yesterday, inspiring public servants like Elissa Slotkin showed us what democracy looks like.
Today it’s our turn.
(Still channeling “Martha Stewart on Speed”)