BE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO THE GOP MISINFORMATION
by Dan Kovats, IDCCA Executive Director
No doubt we’ll all have to sit down to our Thanksgiving table with that one family member who is armed and ready for battle on his illogical defense of the most corrupt, undisciplined fraud in White House history. So, here are some tips for talking Trump this November.
First, consider yourself warned. In most cases, you’re best suited to simply not engage with your crazy uncle. Even if he’s really baiting you, try to find something you can agree on like pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes. If you leave it at that, you may find yourself winning by default with the rest of the family who are tense with anticipation over the conflict that could be.
Of course, you’re probably not going to take the advice above, so we recommend you build your arsenal of facts. Here are some good places to start.
Impeachment Talking Points – IDCCA tips for highlighting the White House’s betrayal of the nation.
Impeachment Explained: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga – A consistently updated series of news stories and explainers tracking the facts and revelations of the criminal enterprise of the Trump impeachment inquiry.
The Asset – An investigative podcast produced by The Moscow Project and hosted by Max Bergmann, a former intelligence analyst. Season two delves into Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President that prompted a government whistleblower to signal corruption.
RESPONSES TO GOP TALKING POINTS…
CLAIM: Democrats held secret hearings where Republicans were not allowed to participate
RESPOND: Democrats deposed several witnesses to investigate the allegations made against Donald Trump. Normally these depositions are conducted with the Justice Department. Since the Justice Department would rather serve Donald Trump than the American public, they have refused to conduct these depositions. Furthermore, these depositions were conducted by the Foreign Affairs, Oversight & Reform, and Intelligence Committees. Republicans who are on those committees were not only invited; they were expected to participate. They choose to make a political stunt instead of engaging in the process.
CLAIM: Democrats were not transparent about the process from the start and this has tainted the inquiry. Since they did this, the entire process is a sham.
RESPOND: Democrats were following the impeachment inquiry procedures that were approved by the Republican controlled House of Representatives in 2015. To say that Democrats were not transparent about the process would mean that the Republicans own rules were not transparent.
CLAIM: Speaker Pelosi was against impeachment in the spring but is now in favor of it. What has changed?
RESPOND: It’s true that Speaker Pelosi stated that an impeachment is “divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.” What has changed since that statement is Donald Trump attempted to bribe the leader of a foreign country. By trying to engage in a quid pro quo, Donald Trump put his needs over the needs of our country.
CLAIM: The President of the United States sets our foreign policy and Donald Trump is well within his right to conduct whatever policy he believes is in our best interest.
RESPOND: While the Constitution grants the President the authority to set our foreign policy, it does stipulate that the foreign policy must be in the nation’s best interest. The summary of the call between Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky & Donald Trump clearly shows that an attempt was made to withhold military aide unless Ukraine started an investigation into Vice President Joe Biden’s son.
CLAIM: Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman is a “Never Trumper” and his testimony should be considered slanted
RESPOND: Lt Colonel is a 20-plus year Army veteran who served honorably in the Iraq War. He is a decorated soldier who was awarded a Purple Heart for being injured in battle. He was doing his job as a military officer working in the Situation Room. He was so alarmed by what he heard on the call between Zelensky & Trump, he was compelled to information the NSC’s top lawyer.
CLAIM: Donald Trump didn’t understand what a “Quid Pro Quo” was when he spoke with Ukrainian President Zelensky
RESPOND: Just because Donald Trump doesn’t understand that he broke the law doesn’t mean that he didn’t break the law. Ignorance is not a defense when it comes to violating our Constitution and putting our national security at risk.