An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Condemn Trump's statement about refusing to hand over power

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Yesterday Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election and alluded to 'get[ing] rid of ballots' and having a 'continuation.' No president in our history has made such a statement; what's more, this comes after Trump has made comments more than 27 times about not wanting to leave office or having more than two terms. Such language is deeply damaging to a democracy (because it undermines trust in our democratic process), damaging to the rule of law, and to our upcoming election. It's not okay for the president to normalise the idea of defying electoral results. .... I am calling on you to take immediate action. Please make a public statement to condemn Trump's statement. ... Please share the fact that any president who refused to leave the White House at the required time after losing an election would be escorted off the premises by the Secret Service. ... Please stand together with your colleagues in congress to take bipartisan action in congress. Respecting electoral process is not a partisan matter. Please bring a resolution of censure to the floor for a vote. Congress needs to stand as one to support and defend the constitution, as all members have sworn to do. .... A president who shreds the constitution and appears to be using active measures that would please Putin to destabilise our democracy needs to be checked. ....Checking the overweening power of a president who seeks to shred the law, to overturn the constitution, and to install himself as a king is not a partisan matter. It is the constitutionally mandated duty of Congress. ... I am counting on you to fulfil your constitutional duty and your oath to support and defend the constitution.

First sent on September 24, 2020 by Mary

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