Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

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Representatives Upton and Amash Brace to Threaten Health Coverage for Michiganders with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Michigan and across America. And U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Justin Amash are right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Michigan.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representatives Upton and Amash should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Michigan.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the […]

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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

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New Bridge Project Trumpcare Ad Spotlights Trump Breaking His Promises

In advance of the House Trumpcare vote, Bridge Project is releasing a new digital ad that blasts Donald Trump for violating health care promises he made to the American people on the campaign trail.

This ad, “Was Anything He Said Not a Lie?” contrasts the assurances Donald Trump made to voters – that he would deliver better, cheaper health care for “everybody” – with the consensus among independent experts that Trumpcare would take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, as well as make health care costs spike for working and middle class families, seniors, and rural Americans.

The ad also highlights that many assessments show Trumpcare would disproportionately harm his own supporters – and shows Trump acknowledging this.

“Trumpcare betrays millions upon millions of vulnerable Americans that Donald Trump pledged he would help. This plan would kick millions off of their coverage – even more so than if Republicans simply repealed […]

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GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Rather Than Provide Clean Water & Flood Relief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s Senate votes:

“Republicans are threatening to shutdown the government rather than provide clean water to familiies in Flint, Michigan, or offer flood relief to Louisianans who lost their homes and belongings only weeks ago. The GOP continues to prove they can’t get the job done when they’re in charge, adding to the burden on American families in order to play politics with women’s health care. Americans are sick of the Trumpian bullying. There’s no chance of redemption for the vulnerable GOP senators as they attempt to fight for re-election after threating to close the government (again) and voting to hurt working families.”

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Trump Attacks Flint Pastor, Lies About Being Booed

This morning, Trump took to Fox and Friends to attack the Flint pastor who yesterday invited him to speak to her church congregation about the Flint water crisis:

She was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess.”

Trump, as is his custom, also found time in the interview to flat-out lie, claiming, “The audience was saying, ‘Let him speak, let him speak,’ the audience was so great” — a claim directly contradicted by an NPR reporter in the room at the time, who reports that the congregation was, in actuality, booing Trump.

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The Detroit News: Trump hits back: Flint pastor was a ‘nervous mess’

NPR: Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter

Washington Post: Trump calls Flint pastor ‘a nervous mess,’ accuses her of planning to interrupt him

New York Times: Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls […]

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Donald Trump just attacked the Flint pastor on Fox

Trump called into Fox and Friends and went after the Flint pastor who invited him to her African American church in Flint and chided him for giving a political speech during his visit.

Trump: “When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. And I said ‘Wow this is sorta strange.’ And then, she came up. So she had that in mind, there was no question about it.”

More Trump: “She was so nervous. She was like a nervous mess. And so I figured something was up. Really.”

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For reference, here’s the Flint pastor yesterday reminding him: “Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not to give a political speech.”

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What’s Trump Ever Done For Flint?

Trump did absolutely nothing last January when he had an opportunity to use his platform to draw attention to the Flint water crisis.

Asked about the crisis in January, Trump outright refused to so much as talk about it — offering neither heartfelt concerns nor optimistic prayers for the people of Flint, even as millions found themselves stranded without potable water. Even today, going on 350 days since Flint’s water was proclaimed unsafe, the deputy chief of the EPA’s emergency response branch has said it will likely be months before Flint’s residents can drink unfiltered tap water.

Throughout his life and career — from scamming victims with Trump University to skipping out on debts owed to Atlantic City small business owners — Trump’s consistently put himself first, no matter who has to pay the price, but his response to a question on the water crisis in January is just embarrassing:

“Well, it’s a shame what’s […]

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Trump’s Record Of Opposing American Jobs And Auto Rescue

Today in Michigan Donald Trump promised to bring back jobs to America. One look at Trump’s record, though, and the GOP nominee has actually wanted to destroy US jobs.

Trump opposed the auto rescue last August saying, “You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system. You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.” 1.5 million American–338,000 of those in Michigan–jobs were saved in the auto rescue–and Trump thinks those jobs should have been destroyed.

Donald Trump, with his dangerous temperament, is the last person we want holding any power over the levers of the economy. His disastrous economic policies and opposition to the auto rescue his would undoubtedly put the livelihoods of millions of Americans at risk.

Trump Is Bad For Michigan And The Auto Industry

Trump is bad for auto-workers and the auto industry:

In 2015, Trump told a Michigan crowd that “you would have wound […]

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Trump Dismissed The Auto Rescue: “You Could Have Let It Go Bankrupt”

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Donald Trump just claimed, “I’m constantly talking about Michigan with the cars and what’s happening,” suggesting he’s been a supporter of the auto industry.

Surprise: Trump doesn’t support auto workers. Taking a page from Mitt “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” Romney, Trump previously wasn’t so happy about the auto rescue:

You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system. You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.

Background:

Trump Told A Michigan Crowd That “You Would Have Wound Up In The Same Place” With Or Without Auto Bailout.  According to the Washington Post, “The speech they got only occasionally focused on the problems of Michigan, as when Trump paused to note that the companies he would strong-arm out of moving factories to Mexico would be better off building them nearby. Trump’s glancing […]

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