It was a great week full of progress, and ample signs of growing dissatisfaction with Republican leadership.
- A passel of small elections in Illinois yielded some remarkable Democratic gains, including in areas where Republicans did not expect to meet much challenge.
- In Georgia, in a typically GOP-held district race for the vacated Congressional seat left by Heath and Human Services appointee Tom Price, Democrat Jon Ossoff garnered enough votes–48.1 percent–to necessitate a runoff election. This is yet another sign that Republicans have lost a great deal of public support and confidence, and a good omen for the 2018 midterm elections, especially as Donald’s approval numbers continue to plummet to unprecedented lows.
- Despite the self-admitted sexual predator in the Oval Office, your voices helped end the career at FOX of notorious sexual predator Bill O’Reilly as more and more of his harassment came to light. Your calls and demands that advertisers pull support for O’Reilly’s show and that FOX stand by its vow of no-tolerance for sexual harassment (following cofounder and chairman Roger Ailes’s ouster last year for repeated instances of sexual harassment) made the Murdoch family that owns FOX network fire O’Reilly this week.
- Exxon Mobil–the company that formerly provided a paycheck to now Sec of State Rex Tillerson as chief exec–was rejected in its request to skirt U.S. economic sanctions against Russia for its tampering in 2016 elections. This was a direct win for the resistance, which immediately mobilized to call the Foreign Affairs Committee to protest such a waiver, given the criminal investigation into Donald’s ties with Russia and Tillerson’s conflict of interest as a former executive for Exxon Mobil.
- Thousands of people in hundreds of cities turned out to stand up for science at the March for Science on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, to show this administration that science is true whether you believe in it or not. This picture pretty much sums it up:
- Is it okay for the president to use the office for personal, financial gain?
- Is it okay to change the tax code in ways that could personally benefit the president and his family members?
- Is it okay to hide the truth of whatever is in the president’s tax returns, obscuring his conflicts of interest?
- Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act (H.R. 356, which would create a special independent commission (similar to what we had after 9/11) to investigate Russian interference in our elections.
- Ask your senator to cosponsor Senator Ben Cardin’s bill S27, which would similarly establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference.
- Ask that your senator demand that Jared Kushner’s top-security clearance be revoked until the Trump administration is cleared of ongoing criminal investigations into possible collusion with Russia, especially in light of the fact that Kushner omitted mention of meetings with Russian foreign agents in his security clearance forms.
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Keep fighting, warriors! If we keep the pressure and the spotlight on this administration, we can hold back their more egregious violations of democracy, our Constitution, and morality–and we will win.