Paul Ryan must not endorse violence against journalists (sign the petition)

Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action
2017-05-31 14:22:30
[ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan: "Exercise your power and authority as Speaker of the House and within the Republican Party to keep Greg Gianforte, who violently assaulted a journalist, out of the House of Representatives." Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Sign the petition ► Dear Anne, [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House The night before the special election for Montana’s sole House seat, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs walked up to Republican candidate Greg Gianforte and did his job: asking him tough but fair questions. In response, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the throat and threw him to the ground. Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs and began punching him. Screaming, “I'm sick and tired of this!” he continued punching the reporter. A FOX News crew waiting to interview Gianforte witnessed the whole thing.^1,2 Later that night, police charged Gianforte with assault, and by the next morning, three major newspapers had withdrawn their endorsements.^3 Because the incident took place so soon before the election, after weeks of early voting, in deep-red Montana, Gianforte still won.^4 Now it is up to Speaker Paul Ryan to stand up for the freedom and safety of the press and refuse to endorse violence against journalists. He should do everything in his power to keep Gianforte from taking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House. Click here to sign the petition. Body-slamming a reporter is the natural result of the climate of fear and press intimidation Trump has created. Gianforte, like Trump, has disturbing ties to white nationalists – including some who defend slavery.^5 Gianforte, like Trump, has business interests in Russia – including investments in companies facing U.S. sanctions.^6 Now Gianforte is outdoing his role model, who has encouraged anger at the press, by attacking a reporter himself. Paul Ryan has limited constitutional authority to reject a duly elected member of the House of Representatives. Courts have, in the past, stopped members of the House when they tried to refuse entry to members under criminal investigation.^7 But Ryan has more than constitutional power. He is one of the three most powerful Republicans in the country and the leader of House Republicans. He can tell Gianforte that he should refuse the seat or resign it immediately, and threaten real repercussions within the Republican caucus if he does not. Ryan and Gianforte are already trying to wiggle out of trouble. Ryan said Gianforte “should apologize” but that the people of Montana have spoken. Gianforte offered a too-little-too-late apology in his election night speech.^8 Other Republicans are implying that the reporter got what he deserved or that “real men” act like thin-skinned children lashing out violently.^9 Actions speak louder than words: If Ryan does not push Gianforte out of office, then he is encouraging violent actions toward the media. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House. Click here to sign the petition. It is worth noting that Ben Jacobs was asking Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis showing Trumpcare would steal health care from 23 million people and cause premiums to skyrocket.^10 Gianforte seems to have thought beating up a journalist would be better politics than admitting his support for deadly Trumpcare. Gianforte’s body-slamming of Ben Jacobs is only a few degrees different from the hate that Republicans direct at all members of the free and independent press. Republican have spent years demonizing unbiased reporting and elevating racist, xenophobic and misogynistic outlets like FOX News. During the presidential campaign, they defended Trump when his campaign manager shoved a reporter. Now, the whole party has a moral responsibility to show they disapprove of Gianforte’s actions by keeping him out of office. Ryan must use all of his influence to keep Gianforte out of the House of Representatives and make an unequivocal statement against violence toward journalists. To welcome Gianforte to the House is to endorse Trump-style press intimidation. Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House. Click below to sign the petition: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan Thank you for speaking out, Murshed Zaheed, Political Director [ act.credoaction.com/go/111 ]CREDO Action from Working Assets Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/gianforte_ryan ]Sign the petition ► References:  1. Jonathan Martin, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14112 ]Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, Charged With Assault, Awaits Fate in Vote,” The New York Times, May 24, 2017.  2. Alicia Acuna, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14113 ]Greg Gianforte: Fox News team witnesses GOP House candidate 'body slam' reporter,” FOX News, May 24, 2017.  3. Martin, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14112 ]Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, Charged With Assault, Awaits Fate in Vote.”  4. David Weigel and Elise Viebeck, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14114 ]Republican wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault,” The Washington Post, May 26, 2017.  5. Sarah Jones, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14115 ]Greg Gianforte has disturbing ties to white nationalists,” New Republic, May 25, 2017.  6. Ben Jacobs, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14116 ]GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies,” The Guardian, April 28, 2017.  7. Philip Bump, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14117 ]If Gianforte wins in Montana, the House likely has no choice but to welcome him,” The Washington Post, May 25, 2017.  8. Weigel and Viebeck, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14114 ]Republican wins Montana election one night after being charged with assault.”  9. Sarah Wire, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14119 ]Rep. Duncan Hunter says Gianforte's alleged assault was wrong, unless 'unless the reporter deserved it',” Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2017. 10. Sophia Tesfaye, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14120 ]Congressional Budget Office estimates GOP “fixes” to Trumpcare will leave 23 million uninsured, increase premiums,” Salon, May 24, 2017.
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Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan:
"Exercise your power and authority as Speaker of the House and within the Republican Party to keep Greg Gianforte, who violently assaulted a journalist, out of the House of Representatives."

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Dear Anne,

Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House

The night before the special election for Montana’s sole House seat, Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs walked up to Republican candidate Greg Gianforte and did his job: asking him tough but fair questions.

In response, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the throat and threw him to the ground. Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs and began punching him. Screaming, “I'm sick and tired of this!” he continued punching the reporter. A FOX News crew waiting to interview Gianforte witnessed the whole thing.1,2 Later that night, police charged Gianforte with assault, and by the next morning, three major newspapers had withdrawn their endorsements.3

Because the incident took place so soon before the election, after weeks of early voting, in deep-red Montana, Gianforte still won.4 Now it is up to Speaker Paul Ryan to stand up for the freedom and safety of the press and refuse to endorse violence against journalists. He should do everything in his power to keep Gianforte from taking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Body-slamming a reporter is the natural result of the climate of fear and press intimidation Trump has created. Gianforte, like Trump, has disturbing ties to white nationalists – including some who defend slavery.5 Gianforte, like Trump, has business interests in Russia – including investments in companies facing U.S. sanctions.6 Now Gianforte is outdoing his role model, who has encouraged anger at the press, by attacking a reporter himself.

Paul Ryan has limited constitutional authority to reject a duly elected member of the House of Representatives. Courts have, in the past, stopped members of the House when they tried to refuse entry to members under criminal investigation.7 But Ryan has more than constitutional power. He is one of the three most powerful Republicans in the country and the leader of House Republicans. He can tell Gianforte that he should refuse the seat or resign it immediately, and threaten real repercussions within the Republican caucus if he does not.

Ryan and Gianforte are already trying to wiggle out of trouble. Ryan said Gianforte “should apologize” but that the people of Montana have spoken. Gianforte offered a too-little-too-late apology in his election night speech.8 Other Republicans are implying that the reporter got what he deserved or that “real men” act like thin-skinned children lashing out violently.9 Actions speak louder than words: If Ryan does not push Gianforte out of office, then he is encouraging violent actions toward the media.

It is worth noting that Ben Jacobs was asking Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis showing Trumpcare would steal health care from 23 million people and cause premiums to skyrocket.10 Gianforte seems to have thought beating up a journalist would be better politics than admitting his support for deadly Trumpcare.

Gianforte’s body-slamming of Ben Jacobs is only a few degrees different from the hate that Republicans direct at all members of the free and independent press. Republican have spent years demonizing unbiased reporting and elevating racist, xenophobic and misogynistic outlets like FOX News. During the presidential campaign, they defended Trump when his campaign manager shoved a reporter. Now, the whole party has a moral responsibility to show they disapprove of Gianforte’s actions by keeping him out of office.

Ryan must use all of his influence to keep Gianforte out of the House of Representatives and make an unequivocal statement against violence toward journalists. To welcome Gianforte to the House is to endorse Trump-style press intimidation.

Tell Paul Ryan: Keep press-beating Rethuglican Gianforte out of the House. Click below to sign the petition:

Thank you for speaking out,

Murshed Zaheed, Political Director

Add your name:

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References:

  1. Jonathan Martin, “,” The New York Times, May 24, 2017.
  2. Alicia Acuna, “,” FOX News, May 24, 2017.
  3. Martin, “.”
  4. David Weigel and Elise Viebeck, “,” The Washington Post, May 26, 2017.
  5. Sarah Jones, “,” New Republic, May 25, 2017.
  6. Ben Jacobs, “,” The Guardian, April 28, 2017.
  7. Philip Bump, “,” The Washington Post, May 25, 2017.
  8. Weigel and Viebeck, “.”
  9. Sarah Wire, “,” Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2017.
  10. Sophia Tesfaye, “,” Salon, May 24, 2017.

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