The Right's increasing brutality.

Ben Betz, People For the American Way
2017-05-31 11:19:13
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, We're in a fight for the soul of our country. If you can get past the important headlines about Trump administration corruption and the Russia investigation and the painfully mundane (and distracting) headlines about Trump's latest typo in one of his tweets, the news from around the country is beyond disturbing. There have always been violent elements on the modern Far Right, from the militia movement to abortion clinic bombers, but the mainstreaming of violent hate in the Trump era is something new. And make no mistake -- right-wing Republican leaders' hands are very dirty in all of this... The sheer brutality of their policies -- like ripping lifesaving healthcare away from 23 million people -- erodes empathy and fosters a culture of indifference to the suffering of others. Meanwhile, their encouragement of "Alt-Right" media and their tacit endorsement of attacks on journalists further radicalize their extreme base. Some Republican officials might see this as nothing more than a cynical political calculation. But what they are doing is really much worse. They are throwing gasoline on a fire. And they need to be held accountable for it. That's why I'm asking for your critical end-of-month support now before our midnight deadline -- to help us keep the fight going... not just in the Resistance to Trump and his allies, but in the fight against right-wing hate and extremism at every level ... the reason PFAW was created. Will you make a donation to People For the American Way before midnight tonight, and consider making it a monthly gift? site.pfaw.org/site/R We're only $24,000 short of where we need to be to close the books on May in a very strong place, but we'll happily fall short if we end up with more monthly pledges of $10 or $20 than one-time donations of $50 or $100. That's because our monthly givers -- our Defenders of Democracy -- are essential to sustaining our work ... and the Right's attacks keep coming (every day of every month). Take a look at what's happening to our country, under the direct stewardship of far-right Republicans... Trump's budget -- which Paul Ryan called "right on target" -- takes a chainsaw to the vital programs Americans depend on: * Hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicaid and food stamps. * Billions more in cuts to Social Security and public education. * The TOTAL ELMINIATION of the National Endowment of the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and heating assistance for low-income households. Attacks on Freedom of the Press: * A GOP Congressional candidate in Montana violently assaulted a reporter who was trying to ask him a simple question about the Republican healthcare bill on the eve of their special election. * A journalist was arrested in West Virginia while posing healthcare questions to the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. * Another reporter was stalked and manhandled by security guards at Federal Communications Commission headquarters when posing questions to a FCC Commissioner. Racist hate crimes on the rise -- including high-profile incidents just this week: * An African American Army officer who was set to graduate from college this week was killed Maryland by a white college student who was a member of a racist Facebook group called "Alt-Reich." * Three "good Samaritans" were stabbed, two of whom were killed, by a neo-Nazi in Oregon, for intervening on the behalf of two young women he was harassing on the train with racial and anti-Muslim slurs (one of the women was wearing a hijab). * A white California man attacked an African American man with a machete while shouting racial slurs. We're not going to sit back and watch our core values, our democratic institutions, and the American Way itself be destroyed. We're going to fight with everything we have and we hope that you'll be by our side in every single step of that fight. 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A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.



Anne,

We’re in a fight for the soul of our country.

If you can get past the important headlines about Trump administration corruption and the Russia investigation and the painfully mundane (and distracting) headlines about Trump’s latest typo in one of his tweets, the news from around the country is beyond disturbing.

There have always been violent elements on the modern Far Right, from the militia movement to abortion clinic bombers, but the mainstreaming of violent hate in the Trump era is something new. And make no mistake -- right-wing Republican leaders’ hands are very dirty in all of this…

The sheer brutality of their policies -- like ripping lifesaving healthcare away from 23 million people -- erodes empathy and fosters a culture of indifference to the suffering of others. Meanwhile, their encouragement of “Alt-Right” media and their tacit endorsement of attacks on journalists further radicalize their extreme base.

Some Republican officials might see this as nothing more than a cynical political calculation. But what they are doing is really much worse. They are throwing gasoline on a fire. And they need to be held accountable for it.

That’s why I’m asking for your critical end-of-month support now before our midnight deadline -- to help us keep the fight going… not just in the Resistance to Trump and his allies, but in the fight against right-wing hate and extremism at every level … the reason PFAW was created.

We’re only $24,000 short of where we need to be to close the books on May in a very strong place, but we’ll happily fall short if we end up with more monthly pledges of $10 or $20 than one-time donations of $50 or $100. That’s because our monthly givers -- our Defenders of Democracy -- are essential to sustaining our work … and the Right’s attacks keep coming (every day of every month).

Take a look at what’s happening to our country, under the direct stewardship of far-right Republicans…

Trump’s budget -- which Paul Ryan called “right on target” -- takes a chainsaw to the vital programs Americans depend on:

  • Hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicaid and food stamps.
  • Billions more in cuts to Social Security and public education.
  • The TOTAL ELMINIATION of the National Endowment of the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and heating assistance for low-income households.

Attacks on Freedom of the Press:

  • A GOP Congressional candidate in Montana violently assaulted a reporter who was trying to ask him a simple question about the Republican healthcare bill on the eve of their special election.
  • A journalist was arrested in West Virginia while posing healthcare questions to the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
  • Another reporter was stalked and manhandled by security guards at Federal Communications Commission headquarters when posing questions to a FCC Commissioner.

Racist hate crimes on the rise -- including high-profile incidents just this week:

  • An African American Army officer who was set to graduate from college this week was killed Maryland by a white college student who was a member of a racist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich.”
  • Three “good Samaritans” were stabbed, two of whom were killed, by a neo-Nazi in Oregon, for intervening on the behalf of two young women he was harassing on the train with racial and anti-Muslim slurs (one of the women was wearing a hijab).
  • A white California man attacked an African American man with a machete while shouting racial slurs.

We’re not going to sit back and watch our core values, our democratic institutions, and the American Way itself be destroyed.

We’re going to fight with everything we have and we hope that you’ll be by our side in every single step of that fight.

THANK YOU for everything you do. Your steadfast commitment to the defense of our constitutional rights and values could be this country’s only hope.

In solidarity,

Ben Betz, Director of Digital Advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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