Tell John Cornyn and the Washington Post how we feel about Trump’s racism
“I’ve got more important things on my mind, so I really don’t have a comment on that.”
“I think the most important thing is to pay attention to what the president does, which I think has been good for the country.”
“I know you have to ask these questions but I’m not going to talk about that.”
—Senator John Cornyn, when asked by the Washington Post whether he or his constituents are bothered by Trump’s racism
What a profile in courage.
Our senator can’t find a single way to criticize a president who has called Mexicans rapists and black women dogs, and who tried to ban Muslims from entering the country.
Maybe John Cornyn isn’t hearing enough from constituents about the president who called the Nazis in Charlottesville “very fine people,” emboldening more Nazis to rally right here in Austin one year later.
And if calls to his office aren’t enough, the Washington Post should also hear directly from Texans who reject Trump’s overt racism and Cornyn’s pathetic capitulating.
Effing John Cornyn…again
In a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) directly calls out John Cornyn for his role in obstructing the release of Brett Kavanaugh’s White House records:
“Senator Cornyn — the Majority Whip and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee — said that the production of documents Judge Kavanaugh had “generated . . . authored…or contributed to” during his tenure as White House Staff Secretary should be produced to the Committee. He stated that it “just seems to be common sense.”
“However, less than a week later, following a White House meeting with you on the records production on July 24, the Republican position abruptly and inexplicably shifted.” …
“The American people deserve to know what changed during this pivotal, Republican-only meeting on July 24.”
What the hell is going on?
Read the full letter, and then call both Cornyn and Cruz (both of whom are on the Judiciary Committee) to ask what happened at that meeting, and why they don’t consider records from Kavanugh’s time as White House secretary to be relevant.
How your voices are making a difference
- The San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 to pass a new paid sick leave ordinance
- More than 300 newspapers published op-eds defending freedom of the press
- Donald’s masturbatory military parade was canceled
Tuesday night phone banks
Come help build the blue wave, call by call, voter by voter, voting plan by voting plan—every Tuesday night from now until November 6th. Indivisible Austin is so grateful to have ADAPT of Texas graciously hosting us.
Sunday, August 26th
- 12 p.m. Indivisible Austin General Body Meeting. Details (including location) are still being worked out, but please RSVP and we’ll update you throughout the week.
- 2 p.m. Texas-size Postcard Party. Unite for Justice, a coalition of some really awesome organizations like Move On and NARAL, will have information on how we can stop the Kavanaugh nomination. (Facebook event)
Action Spotlight: Austin Auntiefa
A certain 10-year-old in our lives raised this question: “If they are Trump supporters, why are they protesting? They’re getting exactly what they want.”
He was referring to Saturday’s “Rally Against Far-Left Violence” at the Texas Capitol, where Nazis and the Nazi-adjacent were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters. We were there, as were a new group calling themselves the “Austin Auntiefa,” a spinoff of the LOLt-Right Marching Band, which we featured back in March.
This time around, the Austin Auntiefa got up in the grills of white nationalists, many of them armed, with cookies, balls of yarn, and ginger snaps. Compare these women’s bravery to the abject cowardice of, say, John Cornyn. As if we needed more reason to elect more women to Congress.
It’s also worth noting that the Nazis (and Nazi-adjacent. Whatever.) would not have been welcome at the Capitol without the sponsorship of a member of the Texas Legislature. State Rep. Dan Flynn not only signed the paperwork, but also spoke at the rally.
Your Moment of Zen
Funding the Fight
Indivisible Austin is dedicated to making sure that our voices are heard here in Texas and in Washington, D.C. during the midterm elections. Soon we’ll be organizing groups of volunteers to canvas neighborhoods. We’ll be educating voters and working to boost turn out.
We can’t just send volunteers out alone with no preparations or supplies, though. We need clipboards, printed leave-behind material, ID tags, water and dozens of other things that you wouldn’t immediately think of, in order to do it right.
All of these things cost money, and that means we need you. Make a gift to Indivisible Austin today. Add your drops to this year’s wave. Heck, add your buckets if you can.