Dear MoveOn member,
My name is Ann Lewis, and I'm the Chief Technology Officer at MoveOn. I'm writing because MoveOn is under attack by Donald Trump, and we need your help.
Here's the situation: Over the past few months, as Donald Trump has campaigned from city to city, MoveOn members have turned out for peaceful demonstrations against his carnival of hate.
In response, Trump attacked us in the media, calling MoveOn members "not a good group of people," while his media surrogates explicitly blamed MoveOn for violence he incited at his rallies.1,2
That's when things started getting ugly. We've been flooded with hate mail, spam, and personal threats to our staff and online security.
As a result, we're conducting a top-to-bottom security audit to secure our systems in advance of the general election. We won't back down from Trump, but we need to be prepared. Will you chip in $3?
Over the years, MoveOn has gone head to head against everyone from Dick Cheney to Sarah Palin to the Koch brothers. But what we’re seeing from Trump and his supporters is something different—and scary.
We've all seen the videos of Trump supporters punching and shoving protestors—as well as Trump's explicit statements encouraging violence. What the public doesn't see is the avalanche of threats that come in through email and social media. It's more hate mail of a more vicious nature than we received even when we took on the NRA or helped take down the Confederate Flag. It's frightening.
The Trump strategy is clear: He picks a target, demonizes them, and then tries to bully them into silence. It's what he's done to Muslims, women, immigrants, reporters, people with disabilities—and now, he's trying to do it to MoveOn.
But we won’t back down.
MoveOn has already begun taking on Trump's hate directly by providing support for peaceful protesters outside his rallies, by exposing how Trump incites violence, and by joining with leaders of civil rights, economic justice, women's rights, labor, immigrant rights, environmental, veterans, and community organizations to launch a major initiative to stand up to Trump's hate.
But this is going to be one of the hardest-fought elections we've ever seen. It's also one of the most important: a fight for the heart and soul of America.
Will you chip in $3 to help provide the resources to ensure the security of our staff and systems we need to take on this fight and keep our staff and systems safe?
Thanks for all you do.
–Ann Lewis, MoveOn Chief Technology Officer
1. Tweet by Fox News, March 11, 2016
2. "Right-Wing Media Baselessly Accuse MoveOn.Org Of Inciting Violence At Trump Rally," Media Matters for America, March 15, 2016
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