Dear MoveOn member,
Do you remember former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's fatal "47%" statement—in which he asserted that 47% of Americans were freeloaders who didn't pay taxes?
That ignorant gaffe helped cost him the election.1
Yesterday's release by The Washington Post of a sickening 2005 audio recording in which Donald Trump brags about sexually assaulting women is much bigger and far more damaging.2
This could be Trump's Titanic—and he could bring down a boatload of Republicans with him—if we act fast.
Can you chip in $2.70 to make sure that Trump's boasts about sexually assaulting women cost Republicans the White House and the Senate?
Republicans are in a historic meltdown.3
First, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revoked an invitation for Trump to attend a campaign event in Wisconsin today.4 Then, VP candidate Mike Pence dropped out of the event.5 The RNC has temporarily stopped campaigning for Trump, while RNC lawyers explore options to replace him.6 And a growing number of Republican members of Congress are withdrawing their endorsements of Trump.7
With just 31 days to Election Day—and on the eve of the second presidential debate—Donald Trump has just cracked open a door to a possible wave election, in which voters decisively reject Trump and the candidates who have enabled his hateful campaign—and, by doing so, take back the Senate. It's up to us to fling that door open and push on through to win in November.
If we raise $125,000 by midnight tomorrow, our plan is to:
- Release rapid-response videos targeting every Republican in a tight race, highlighting Trump's heinous remarks and tying these candidates to him and his candidacy. Our Video Lab went into production on these videos last night, as soon as the story broke.
- Flood social media with hard-hitting ads. We'll make sure key voters in each state see these ads, so that no Republican candidate can distance themselves to save their own political hides.
- Hit the streets and the phones. Beginning this weekend—and continuing all next week—MoveOn's massive field team will make sure that news of the recording reaches and mobilizes voters in key swing states, through ramped-up phone banking, door knocking, campaign events, and more.
- Shine a media spotlight on Trump's disgusting comments to keep the story going. Trump has already tried to sidestep this mess by referring to his vulgar comments as mere "locker room banter."8 But on talk show after talk show, MoveOn's spokespeople will continue to make clear that Trump's words and actions are heinous and unforgivable, and that Republicans who have enabled his campaign need to be held accountable.
Can you chip in $2.70—or whatever you can afford—right now, so we can swing into action and hold accountable Trump and every Senate candidate who endorsed him?
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Jo, Manny, Robert, and the rest of the team
P.S. Let's be clear: Every Republican—and every American, of any party—should've disavowed Trump's campaign long ago. From his comments about Muslims and Mexicans to his bullying impression of a disabled reporter, he proved again and again how unfit he is to lead our country. But this latest outrage may finally be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Chip in $2.70 now to help ensure that Trump and the Republicans who've supported him are held accountable on Election Day.
1. "Romney’s 47% comment named quote of the year," MSNBC, December 10, 2012
2. "Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005," The Washington Post, October 7, 2016
3. "Trump throws GOP into chaos," CNN, October 8, 2016
4. "Speaker Paul Ryan disinvites Trump to his campaign event, says he's 'sickened' by tape," Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2016
5. "Pence, too, is out at Wisconsin event with Paul Ryan," Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2016
6. "RNC lawyers look at options for replacing Trump," Politico, October 8, 2016
7. "Two More GOP Leaders, Including Kelly Ayotte, Withdraw Endorsements From Trump," Mediaite, October 8, 2016
8. "Donald Trump's List of Excuses for Comments About Women," ABC News, October 7, 2016
Want to support our work? Senator Elizabeth Warren says, "I'm so enthusiastic about MoveOn's smart and targeted plan to hire a network of organizers in key battleground states to mobilize and train volunteers to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors. It's bold and ambitious—and exactly what is needed to help swing Senate races, resoundingly defeat Donald Trump, and give Democrats a fighting chance to take back the House." Will you chip in to help make it all possible?
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