Thursday, December 1, 2016

FW: When Trump threatens MoveOn

Trump responded to MoveOn's campaign with a threatening letter from his lawyers. But we didn't back down.

Hi Eddie—I just wanted to make sure you saw this message from Justin.

Dear MoveOn member,

Long before Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, MoveOn member Angelo Carusone started a petition calling on Macy's to stop carrying Trump's brand of products because of Trump's bigoted attacks on President Obama and his long history of despicable behavior. MoveOn put together a powerful campaign demanding that Macy's dump Trump.

Trump was outraged, and Trump's lawyers even sent Angelo a threatening letter. But we refused to back down.

Not only did we not back down, we continued the fight for years. And ultimately, we won. Macy's dumped Trump.1 NBC cut ties with him.2 We've been fighting against Trump for a long time, and we know what it takes.

To be clear, what we're facing now is far more difficult than convincing Macy's to dump Trump. It's the greatest challenge that we've ever faced.

I'm telling you this story for a reason: MoveOn knows how to deal with difficult situations. We know how to work relentlessly for victory and win in the long run, even when there are major obstacles. Being in the opposition—while not our preference by a mile—is what built MoveOn. It's our bread and butter.

Remember the anti-war movement that mobilized millions of Americans under George W. Bush? Or the fight against Bush's ultimately failed attempt to privatize Social Security? Or when Nancy Pelosi took charge of the House and stymied Bush's legislative agenda? MoveOn members were critical in all of those moments of progressive might. Those are the fights that powered us to growth, victory, and political power.

It's going to take grit and guts to stand up to Donald Trump and his enablers when they try to slash Medicare ... or when they bully, stifle, and distract the media from his corruption ... or when they try to ban Muslims from the United States ... or when they decide to march toward another war. And it will require more resources than MoveOn's ever had in its 18-year history. But know this: When MoveOn members take action in great numbers, it makes a huge difference.

Which is why I'm asking you today: Will you make a monthly gift to MoveOn to help us oppose Donald Trump every step of the way in the weeks and months ahead?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month to stand up to Donald Trump's hateful agenda.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Trump and his deplorable team are gearing up to build a wall on our border, create a government registry of Muslims, dismantle environmental protections, bankrupt our nation to benefit the super-rich, and let Wall Street run wild—all while treating our national coffers like a funnel into Trump's personal piggybank.

We can't let these outrages go unanswered. We have to fight Trump's agenda every step of the way. We cannot give an inch.

Will you donate monthly to MoveOn to help ensure that we'll have the ongoing resources we need to stand up to Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress on every important fight?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

—Justin, Emily, Sky, Alex, and the rest of the team


1. "First on CNN: Macy's dumps Donald Trump," CNN, July 1, 2015

2. "NBC dumps Trump after incendiary remarks on Mexicans," The Washington Post, June 29, 2015

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

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