I met you at Human Rights Campaign’s 2008 Annual Gala in D.C. as guest of co-chair Ted Toon; it was a proud moment in my life as Barack Obama was about to be elected 44th president. I worked in Atlanta as a fundraiser and advocate that year, canvasing and engaging voters through in-person mobilization. I was under the assumption we as a country had turned a corner.
I was wrong.
I’m writing to you today with an urgent plea: Donald Trump is an enemy of the state. I don’t write that statement lightly; at every turn he and his MAGA GOP sycophants have seized media cycles to distract and obfuscate and double-down on blatant lies.
They are breaking laws, norms and rules out in the open.
Pelosi could take dramatic control of the national narrative immediately with a prime time address to the nation announcing impeachment proceedings.
The President and his team have otherwise now spoken publicly a dozen times in the last 72 hours framing this moment as routine.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) September 23, 2019
Most recently there is a significant IC whistle-blower complaint that is being actively suppressed by DOJ and DNI. We cannot allow this to stand and you are the best messenger to deliver the message to the American people that illegal behavior is unacceptable. Will you please consider addressing the nation in a televised press conference?
The Trump Crime Syndicate is at war with the US government, its values, its institutions and the majority of its people. There is nothing more important than stopping Donald Trump. Nothing. https://t.co/GYFQ5N2mkV
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 8, 2018
Your position on impeachment hearings is a paradox: let 2020 election be ultimate arbiter of Trump’s federal felonies. Is that characterization of your position fair? I will work every part of my body to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020—and though your opinion may eventually turn out to be accurate—I don’t believe this country can wait 14 months to adjudicate Trump’s crimes.
History can and should be written right now and we must step up to the moment
Sure, Donald Trump is a political goldmine for Democrats; 2018’s Blue Wave is a testament to that. but this decision (whether or not to officially open impeachment proceedings) is a historic time in your second tenure. History is watching; history can and should be written right now and we must step up to the moment.
In my view you must SEIZE the constitutional mantle by directly, succinctly, honestly explaining to the American people why criminal behavior by a POTUS* of any party must NOT be tolerated. Dems are basically the last line of constitutional defense in America and I believe down to my bone marrow that you must make that case, immediately.
Will you consider doing an interview for my blog? I would love to chat with you about that and many other issues.
(Writer’s note: I submitted this letter—complete with contact information—in its entirety to Speaker Pelosi’s office today; I will update here if and when I hear back. I urge you to follow this link and do the same or call 202.225.4965. Make your voice heard.)
Will Pollock is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-wining Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.
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