Close up of We the People of the Constit
Search

Daily Call To Action: January 23rd, 2017

January 23, 2017 The Call Urge your senators to vote ‘NO’ on Jeff Sessions’ nomination to Attorney General. There are a lot of valid criticisms of Sessions, but today we’re focusing on how he is likely to be used as a Trump administration tool to aggressively suppress unfavorable journalism and freedom of the press. On Saturday, President Trump visited the CIA and falsely claimed that the media created the rift between him and the intelligence community. Later Saturday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer admonished the press pool for accurately reporting the size of the crowd at the inauguration, disputed the facts and angrily told members of the media, “We’re going to hold the press accountable.” Sunday morning, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer, claiming he presented “alternative facts.” Given Sessions’ refusal to rule out jailing journalists for reporting on leaks in his confirmation hearing, there is reason to believe his appointment to the nation’s leading law enforcement office will embolden the Trump administration to continue its vendetta against the media with legal action. This takes on greater importance now that we have learned through leaks that National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn is under investigation for his communications with Russia. Your Action Call your 2 senators and urge them to vote ‘NO’ on Jeff Sessions. If you don’t know your senators’ direct phone number, enter your zip code in the Congressional Contact Info box below. Script “Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [STATE]. Is [Sen. ____] planning to vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General?” If Yes: “I’m very disappointed and concerned to hear that. I have serious reservations about Jeff Sessions given his refusal to rule out prosecuting journalists during his confirmation hearing. Over the weekend, I heard President Trump and members of his administration dishonestly attack the press repeatedly and I’m concerned that Sessions declined to say that he would not use his position to jail journalists. The 1st Amendment and freedom of the press are critically important rights that protect Democracy. I’m extremely worried that Sessions’ confirmation would undermine America and set us on a dangerous path. Please tell [Sen. ____] that I will be watching his/her vote closely and that I’m hopeful he/she will reconsider his/her position. Thank you for your time.” If Unsure: I understand that [Sen ____] has yet to make up his/her mind. I have serious reservations about Jeff Sessions given his refusal to rule out prosecuting journalists during his confirmation hearing. Over the weekend, I heard President Trump and members of his administration dishonestly attack the press repeatedly and I’m concerned that Sessions declined to say that he would not use his position to jail journalists. The 1st Amendment and freedom of the press are critically important rights that protect Democracy. I’m extremely worried that Sessions’ confirmation would undermine America and set us on a dangerous path. Please tell [Sen. ____] to consider voting ‘NO’ on Sessions to protect freedom of the press. I’ll be watching his/her vote closely. Thank you for your time.” If No: “I’m so pleased to hear that. Given President Trump’s vendetta against the media, I’m very concerned Sessions will prosecute journalists for reporting on leaks or other information deemed unfavorable by the President. Please give [Sen. ____] my thanks for his/her position. Thank you for your time.”

The Loyal Opposition

0 views0 comments