Dear MoveOn member,
We're writing to you from Washington, D.C., where Donald Trump is throwing a temper tantrum—threatening to shut down the government at midnight tonight because he isn't getting funding for his racist, wasteful border wall.1
That means denying paychecks to hundreds of thousands of hardworking federal employees and their families over the holiday season, wreaking havoc with the stock market, and shuttering vital government services that families rely on.
The Senate passed a bipartisan agreement to keep the government open, and the House was about to send it to Trump's desk for a signature last night. But then, while scores of senators were on airplanes, flying home from Washington, Trump threw a temper tantrum and said he'll veto the bipartisan bill.2
So, now, we're on the way to the third federal government shutdown in the 23 months since Trump's been in office.
MoveOn members are ready to fight—to reopen the government, to stand firm against Trump's racist, wasteful border wall, and to demand Congress fight back against Trump's attacks on our communities. Will you fight with us?
We need Democrats to stand strong against Trump's bullying, and we need Republicans, many of whom already voted to keep the government open, to call out Trump's petty and foolish ploy for what it is.
MoveOn members have already been building pressure. Now, we need to be ready to launch an emergency campaign to prevent the shutdown and stop Trump's wall.
Earlier this week, it looked like there wouldn't be an end-of-year crisis in 2018, but now that a shutdown is imminent, we need your help to make sure that we have the resources to push back against Trump's dangerous tantrum, keep the government open if we can, and if we can't, be darned sure that Trump doesn't get one penny for his awful wall.
Will you support our emergency campaign? With your help, we work to prevent a shutdown until the final moments, or else make sure it ends with Congress standing firm and rejecting Trump's tantrum over his racist, wasteful border wall.
Here's the image we've been blasting far and wide to ensure everyone knows just how ridiculous Trump's antics are, and the devastating effects it could have. We plan to project it onto government buildings and could expand our digital ads during a shutdown, with your help.
We've seen leadership from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to say no to the racist wall and from members of the Democratic caucus who are standing firm.
We've even seen leadership from Republicans ready to pass a continuing resolution for the sake of keeping the government running.
But what we're seeing from Trump is the kind of antics that would be laughable if they weren't so devastating—to working families, to folks relying on government services, and to the very functioning of our government.
We need to make sure that members of both parties stand firm and speak out, so Trump backs down. But to keep up that kind of pressure on both parties during the holiday week, MoveOn will need serious resources.
Will you help prevent the government shutdown if we can, or else make sure it ends with Congress standing firm and rejecting Trump's tantrum over his racist, wasteful border wall?
In addition to projections, we'll be driving calls—not easy during a holiday week—to members of Congress, as well as to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump may even vacation, while federal workers are forced to worry if they'll be able to pay their bills at the end of the month and the start of the new year. And we'll be elevating the voices of the folks most impacted by the shutdown.
We already have more than 100,000 MoveOn members who have added their name to a petition with our partners at America's Voice, with a clear message that we will deliver to members of Congress: No money for Trump's racist wall.
We need to make sure that Democrats know we have their backs, push Republicans to stand against Trump, a babyish, would-be tyrant, and create pressure to force Trump to back down.
It's time to shut down Trump's crybaby tantrum. And with your help, we will.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ben, Reggie, Dan, and the rest of the MoveOn Washington team
1. "Trump Threatens a Shutdown That Will 'Last for a Very Long Time'," The New York Times, December 21, 2018
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