UPDATED 9 JANUARY: There are several developments to be aware of after this post was published:
- There are three sets of Articles of Impeachment circulating in the House. One seems to be favored, but I don’t know which one. If you know, please tell us in the comments.
- Impeachment can occur with a floor vote of a bare majority, so it can be done quickly.
- Mitch McConnell has stated that he will bring impeachment to the floor of the Senate on 19 January. Even though Georgia could certify it’s elections on 15 January and Ossoff and Warnock are sworn in, Chuck Schumer won’t become majority leader until Harris is VP. As long as Pence is VP, McConnell is majority leader. We need to pressure Mitch McConnell to remove Trump.
- It will take a two-thirds majority of the Senate to remove him, but can occur without a trial. According to Neal Katyal on The ReidOut on MSNBC, it could be done in as little as three days.
- Trump could be convicted after leaving office, though.
- According to The Rachel Maddow Show, the Senate can vote immediately after removal to ban Trump from federal office for the rest of his life with a simple majority vote.
- The real goal is to make it so Trump can never be elected again by disqualifying him for election. There is bipartisan support for this idea. Again, PRESSURING MITCH MCCONNELL TO CONVICT AND REMOVE IS ESSENTIAL.
Our Members of Congress need to know that we support impeaching and removing Trump from office. It is imperative that we call or otherwise contact our Members of Congress and voice our support. After Trump’s Seditious Riot on 6 January, he has made it clear that he did not learn a lesson from a year ago. He didn’t learn his lesson from the Mueller Report. And even though he woodenly stumbled through his scripted statement supporting a peaceful transfer of power on 20 January, you can’t trust it. We all know he believes whatever he’s saying whenever he says it. When it strikes him to be his advantage to do it again, he’ll do it disavowal or not. So, help your Members of Congress not only support impeachment, but removal this time.
We know that Rep Ilhan Omar and others have already written the Articles of Impeachment and Rep Jerry Nadler has said he wants it going directly to the floor bypassing his committee as documented in these tweets:
Calling or Writing
Use this script when calling or writing your Members of Congress. Adapt as needed.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [STATE and LOCALITY].
I’m calling today to express my support for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s articles of impeachment. I urge you to adopt the articles of impeachment and Trump’s conviction in the Senate.
Trump has demonstrated that his destructive behavior will not be curbed, indeed it seems only to escalate. He did not learn from the Mueller Report or his first impeachment. He has now fomented a direct assault on Congress. He simply cannot be trusted. He must be removed from office.
Thank you for your time and attention.
IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
The Starter Tweet
Copy and paste this starter tweet. You may need to adjust the wording to fit the character limits.
The Trump seditious riot on 6 Jan shows that he has not learned his lesson. His behavior only escalates. He cannot be trusted to protect America from his worst instincts. He must be removed from office. Support Rep Omar’s Articles of Impeachment and conviction.
Tips for Calling
When you call your representative’s office, please remember the following:
- Only contact YOUR MoC! They only listen to their constituents and dismiss requests from non-constituents.Ask for the aide working on the policy-related issues.
- Be polite! No matter whose office you’re calling. No matter what their positions are. No matter how inflamed you are about the issue — and you should be very passionate — be polite.
- Remember that the people you are talking to are people! So, be nice.
- Call during business hours of the area code their office is in. Typically, that is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Have a script or notes to follow so you don’t forget anything.
- Maybe call with friends. You know like a party.
In Addition to Calling
I’ve heard back from readers that some MoC’s voice mail boxes are always full! It’s as if they don’t want to hear from their constituents. Kinda like those MoC’s who don’t hold town halls or other open forum meetings. Here are some other ways to contact your MoC:
- Send a postcard to their office. Nothing says I care like kicking it old school and using snail mail.
- Email their office. Lay out your concerns in a brief email and send it in. We all know how easy it is to email. Make sure you include the issue you are addressing in the subject line.
- Use the contact page on their website. This is the surest way of getting a message to them. Each MoC has an official government website and each has a contact page that comes with it automatically.
- Contact them using social media. It’s hard to break through all the noise on social media, but it can’t hurt to try given all the time we all spend using it. Be sure to tag your MoC’s when social mediaing about about a specific issue. Be clear and respectful, though, when addressing an issue that you want your MoC to act upon. Make sure you let them know you are a constituent.
Find out how to contact your MoC using these links!
- Common Cause will give you the names, party affiliation, direct phone number, website link, and social media platforms of all of your federal, state, and local elected officials.
- USA.gov is the official guide to information and services of the US government. This page explains clearly how to contact everyone from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber to your representative to specific government agencies. Through it you can find the following information about your MoC’s:
- Their phone numbers: DC and state offices
- Their mailing addresses both in DC and their state offices
- Official website with their contact page including email, request a meeting, town hall schedules, and social media
- And, the committees they sit on
- 5 Calls: Sign-up for 5 Calls because they help you contact your member of Congress and keep you abreast of on going issues that are important to you! Now, that is a good deal.
- The Capital Hill Switch Board: (202) 224-3121.
- MassacreMitch and #MoscowMitch: His DC office, (202) 224-2541.
- Nancy Pelosi: Her DC office, (202) 225-4965; her California office, (415) 556-4862
- The Ol’ Pussy Grabber: The WH switchboard, (202) 456-1414 or the comments line at (202) 456-1111 during business hours