TRUMP’S DEADLY RACISM IS THE REAL ISSUE
Racism is an impeachable offense.
Yesterday, the administration moved to deny green cards and citizenship for legal immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps.
This is proof, if more is needed, that Trump is using his Executive powers to fulfill his racist goals.
The dead in an El Paso Walmart lay at the end of a forged chain that arguably began with Trump’s racism and hate-filled rhetoric and, thanks to NRA-Republicans, was coupled with easy access to guns.
Trump is a racist and is inciting racism for his political advantage. He is dragging the country into a new era of violence, one already punctuated with the massacre of innocents.
The El Paso shooter, echoing Trump, believed his home state of Texas was being “invaded” and the white population “replaced.” He told police that he was “targeting Mexicans.”
What to do?
First, demand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allows a vote on the commonsense gun violence prevention measures already passed by the House.
Then fight racism. Barack Obama wrote last week: “(R)eject language . . . of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”
The lesson of El Paso is that racism is both un-American and deadly.
**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because . . .
. . . I am concerned that Trump has pushed us into an era of unprecedented domestic violence. His racist language, coupled with easy access to guns, is inciting violence as we’ve seen in El Paso, Dayton and other communities. I ask the Senator to:
- Use every opportunity to publicly demand an end to the recess to urgently pass gun violence prevention bills passed by the House;
- Demand a vote on election security measures which, too, have already passed the House. Trump cannot be allowed to win another term with Russia’s help.
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
. . . I am concerned that Trump has pushed us into an era of unprecedented domestic violence. His racist language, coupled with easy access to guns, is inciting violence as we’ve seen in El Paso, Dayton and other communities. I ask Greg Walden to:
- Decry Trump’s racism. His tribalism is dividing the country for political gain and it is actually killing innocent people;
- Refuse to vote on any budget that has more money for CBP, ICE, DHS – these are the agencies Trump uses to execute his racist impulses.
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
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NBC, July 30, 2019: “Trump’s racism is an impeachable offense.” https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-racism-impeachable-offense-precedent-andrew-johnson-proves-it-ncna1035951
Vox, July 15, 2019: “Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019.”https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racist-racism-history
Twitter, Aug. 5, 2019: “Barack Obama – Michelle and I grieve with all the families …”https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1158453079035002881
Rolling Stone, July 30, 2019: “Trump’s Racism Is a National Emergency.”https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-baltimore-cummings-impeach-864796/
Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based nonprofit that tracks the online spread of far-right extremism. https://www.isdglobal.org/
New York Times, Aug. 10, 2019: “The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/world/europe/sweden-immigration-nationalism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
The Intercept, July 19, 2019: “Racism is an Impeachable Offense” https://theintercept.com/2019/07/19/trump-racism-impeachment-offense/
New Yorker, July 31, 2019: “The Rhetoric and Reality of Donald Trump’s Racism” https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-rhetoric-and-reality-of-donald-trumps-racism