During this Congressional recess, DemCast will boost on-the-ground activists and help make videos go viral. Details on how below.
We can quibble over how we got here or how long it took, but Congressional Democrats are now moving the ball down the field on impeachment proceedings. We all want a touchdown, but there are no guarantees in this extremely fluid situation.
At this moment in history, as the battle in DC heats up, grassroots activists have an opportunity to provide a huge assist to Democratic Leadership.
We all remember in 2017, when the GOP was trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that town halls and bird-dogging of GOP Reps played a pivotal role in their failure to steal our healthcare. Viral videos of impassioned constituents made a huge impact on the discourse, as did videos of Congresspeople doing everything they could to avoid talking to constituents during recess:
Trump’s Fate Hinges On Public Perception. We Can Help.
Mitch McConnell has already indicated that he will quash any articles of impeachment passed by the House. If he is successful in doing so, there will be no chance at removing Donald Trump from office, which will then be spun by Trump and the GOP as vindication.
When the House passes articles of impeachment, it is vital that public perception be squarely in favor of accountability. The GOP must see Trump as more of a liability than an asset prior to the beginning of any potential Senate trial.
We The People can help put pressure on GOP Representatives and Senators. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, with a Congressional recess scheduled for October.
Step One: Show Up. Record.
We need relentless bird-dogging of the GOP over the next week or two. Check out Indivisible’s Town Hall Guide for info about events happening in your area, and strategies for engaging with your Representative.
In all likelihood though, your GOP Rep or Senator will not be holding a town hall (they don’t generally do that). So go to their office. Try to find out their schedule. Do whatever you can (within reason, and without resorting to outright harassment) to get your questions answered. GET THEM ON RECORD, or at least get them on video avoiding you. If you can’t find them, organize and film “empty chair” town halls, to drive home the point that they are afraid of their constituents.
If you do get the opportunity to ask a question on impeachment, don’t just about whether they favor impeachment itself. Instead, ask about whether they believe the actions that Trump has taken constitute abuses of presidential power. Like this:
- If a President asks a foreign government to investigate a political rival, do you believe that amounts to abuse of presidential power?
Be sure to ask clear yes/no questions, and to press for an answer. The key is to get them caught holding a morally abhorrent position, caught in logical inconsistency, or otherwise caught avoiding, fumbling or lashing out.
Step Two: Share Your Video(s) to #DemCast
We’ve built DemCast to support just this style of citizen reporting. After you take your video, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #DemCast, and also with the hashtag #DemCastXX (where the ‘XX’ is your state abbreviation – for example #DemCastTX is for Texas).
We have a large team of social media influencers who will be actively monitoring the #DemCast hashtag, ready to amplify your videos.
If you are not on Twitter but have a solid video to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share your video via our social channels, with attribution to you.
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