On Tuesday of last week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) spoke from the Senate floor to tell Trump, among other things, that "our democracy is more defined by our discord and dysfunction than it is by our values and principles… Politics can make us silent when we speak, and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so Mr. President, I will not be complicit."
Flake is only the latest Republican to point out that the would-be emperor has no clothes. Senators Robert Corker and John McCain and former President George W. Bush have also called out Trump's incompetence, lack of discipline and knowledge, and casual cruelty.
All these men have in common is that they're not seeking office again. Those in Congress who want to keep their seats remain silent and complicit.
Our challenge is to let our Republican representatives know that we cannot stand their complicity for the next 3+ years.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC Office: (202) 224-5824; Metairie office: (504) 838-0130; Monroe Office: (318) 324-2111; Lake Charles Office: (337) 493-5398; Alexandria Office: (318) 448-7176
Senator John Kennedy - DC office: (202) 224-4623; New Orleans Office: (504) 581-6190; Lafayette Office: (337) 269-5980; Monroe Office: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria Office: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge Office: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport Office: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise – the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer – they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal – call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today because like many other Americans, I've spent the last nine months in dismay and disbelief as the current President has careened from one self-inflicted crisis to the next. Particularly concerning to me are the President's reckless provocation of North Korea and his withdrawal from agreements with our allies, i.e. the Paris accords and the Iran deal [OR SUBSTITUTE YOUR OWN CONCERNS]
Please exercise your Constitutional duty to provide checks and balances on the Executive branch. Speak out against his reckless words and falsehoods. Demand that he master the specifics on the policies he is promoting. Let him know you disapprove of his insults and demeaning words. I would like a President I can be proud of.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.