Dear MoveOn member,
Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee just directly attacked MoveOn on Twitter.1,2 And on Fox News, Donald Trump's 2020 campaign press secretary called us "despicable."3
The last time Trump called us out by name, MoveOn staff got hundreds of threats via email, phone, mail, and social media. We urgently need to rally together to beef up our internal security, while we double down on our work to stand up to Trump, Fox News, the RNC, and the right-wing media ecosystem that amplifies hate, lies, and attacks. Will you chip in $3?
Trump's campaign is attacking us for calling on the Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year's AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference—an event that will feature Benjamin Netanyahu, the corrupt, right-wing prime minister of Israel; a right-wing lobbying organization that champions him; and Mike Pence.
In 2015, while Barack Obama and MoveOn members joined forces to pass the historic Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu gave a speech in front of Congress trying to get them to reject it. AIPAC also played a hand in spending tens of millions of dollars to block the deal. Netanyahu and AIPAC tried to exploit partisan politics in America to undermine Obama's historic Iran deal, but together, with President Obama, we successfully defended a diplomatic agreement that helped keep the U.S. off a path to war with Iran. (Trump has since tried to eviscerate the agreement while our allies in Europe are working hard to save it.)
And it's not just the Iran deal: AIPAC has become a hard-right, highly partisan organization that provides a platform for Islamophobic rhetoric while refusing to condemn blatant anti-Semitism from Donald Trump and Republican politicians.
Over 74% of MoveOn members who took our recent poll agreed that any progressive candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference. The conference, you guessed it, seeks to shred the historic Iran nuclear diplomatic deal we fought so hard for—and to deny the basic human rights of Palestinians.
And Democratic candidates are listening. Just today, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Julián Castro, and Pete Buttigieg, as of this writing, have all said they won't attend the AIPAC conference—which may be in part why Trump's attack dogs and other right-wing groups are going on the offense against MoveOn.
Our campaigning is striking a nerve. We can't back down now.
We have stood up to Trump and his bullying for two and a half years, and we will never back down or remain silent. But being singled out by Trump's campaign, Fox News, and the RNC has serious consequences—and already, the right-wing attacks are starting to snowball.
This is a breakthrough moment to change the power dynamics in Washington around how we support peace, diplomacy, and human rights, rather than AIPAC and its right-wing backers—which is why we need to keep pushing Democrats to skip the conference. It's also why we must fight back against the torrent of right-wing attacks, including from Trump's campaign.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Ilya, Iram, Emily, and the rest of the team
1. Tweet by Official Team Trump, March 21, 2019
2. Tweet by GOP, March 21, 2019
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