WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, members of the bipartisan “Trump Is Not Above the Law” coalition released the following joint statement ahead of former President Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial to demand that Trump be convicted and disqualified from ever holding federal office again:
“The country needs healing. We call on the Senate to stand up for democracy and send a clear signal to all Americans that those who levy violence and sedition against our country will be held accountable. We are an imperfect nation, but one that was founded on a clear set of democratic ideals that must be upheld.
“The president of the United States incited a murderous insurrection, then used his bully pulpit to fan the flames of hatred. He obstructed the National Guard’s ability to quell the violent mob and protect the citizenry as he tweeted false conspiracy theories related to his electoral loss. He refused to make any outright condemnation of the violence and ordered his supporters to attack the Vice President for refusing to overturn the Electoral College vote.
“A vote to convict Trump is a vote for accountability and protecting our democracy. It’s a vote for justice for the lives lost as a result of this treasonous act. It’s a vote to stand against those who believe they can use violence to invalidate the votes of millions of Americans.
“This week’s trial will occur in the same chamber where blood was shed at the former president’s behest. There can be no unity without accountability, no healing without the restoration of the lawful order. Donald Trump must be held to account for the violence at the Capitol. The Senate must convict. America is watching.”
Americans in all 50 states have taken action to demand the Senate convict and disqualify, with the Trump Is Not Above The Law coalition coordinating the following actions:
- Common Cause has driven more than 15,000 calls to lawmakers, 65,000 petition signatures, and hundreds of letters to the editor to local papers.
- Daily Kos has driven more than 34,000 calls, more than 267,000 letters, and 1.8 million petition signatures.
- Demcast USA has had 8700 people participate in their impeachment social media campaigns, with impressions of over 200 million impressions.
- HAZMAT America has collected 13,591 petition signatures through SeditionPetition.com calling for Trump to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
- Indivisible drove 20,000 calls to members of Congress and generated more than 2 million impressions through over 44,000 engagements across social platforms.
- Into Action created over 200 graphics which had over 251 million organic views.
- MoveOn members have made more than 60,000 calls to lawmakers.
- People For the American Way has collected more than 35,000 signatures demanding conviction and disqualification.
- Progressive Change Campaign Committee has driven more than 4,000 calls to all 100 senators, over 165,000 petition signatures, and 5,500 tweets to lawmakers.
- Public Citizen has driven more than 2,500 calls and coordinated organizing meetings attended by more than 1,000 activists, drawing more than 500,000 views on Facebook. They have also organized a half-dozen in-district meetings, hosted four phonebanks and will continue to lead phonebanks every day of the trial with Common Cause.
- Sierra Club has driven over 28,000 calls to congressional offices, over 2,500 tweets, and over 15,000 emails to Members of Congress.
- Stand Up America members have made over 60,000 calls to lawmakers from every state.
Coalition members supporting this statement include: Common Cause, Daily Kos, Free Speech For People, Indivisible, MoveOn, PCCC, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Stand Up America, Equal Justice Society, Government Accountability Project, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Democracy 21, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, and Protect Democracy.
Ryan Thomas, Stand Up America
Carolyn Fiddler, Daily Kos
Katie Parrish, Public Citizen
Brian Stewart, MoveOn
Jonathon Berman, Sierra Club
David Vance, Common Cause
Laurie Kinney, People For the American Way