Is John Cornyn lying about #TrumpShutdown call volume in his offices?

Cross-post from senatorjohncornyn.com

Republicans in Congress are reporting “plenty of calls” from constituents angry about Trump’s government shutdown. But to hear John Cornyn tell it, Texans are as happy as a bunch of furloughed clams about the standoff. “Not many, not many,” was his response to the Washington Post when asked how many constituent comments his staff is fielding. Given that we’ve been calling both his local and DC offices daily, and our calls keep going directly to voicemail, three possibilities present themselves:

  1. Cornyn is lying about call volume in his offices;
  2. Cornyn’s staff forgot to turn their answering machines off after the holiday recess;
  3. Cornyn doesn’t feel obligated to listen to anyone but the right-wing base

“I think Republican primary voters are with the president,” Cornyn says in the same WaPo article, to explain why he supports Trump’s markedly unpopular shutdown. There are over 15 million registered voters in Texas, and only 10% of them voted in the 2018 Republican Primary. There are over 28 million constituents in Texas. Yet this measly fraction of the electorate terrifies John Cornyn so much that he’s paralyzed into inaction, reduced to gibbering inanities to the national press. “I didn’t run for office, and people didn’t elect me and others, to preside over shutdowns,” Cornyn told the WaPo, sounding briefly sensible. “They elected us to govern, and this is all about politics right now.” Then he concludes, bizarrely, that Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer need to end the standoff by negotiating with the hostage-taker-in-chief.

Cornyn evidently feels his job as Senator involves no obligation to 13.5 million of his constituents, and no responsibility to negotiate with, or exercise any kind of Constitutional check upon, the leader of his own party.

It’s nice work if you can get it, John. But your performance review is coming up in 2020.

Upcoming Protest Safety/Verbal Self Defense Training

On Saturday, March 18, we’re offering another session on protest safety and verbal assertiveness from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive, Austin, TX 78729. Please RSVP here (note that this site only accommodates 25 people, so don’t wait to register). We’ll cover

  • Grounding and emotional self-regulation techniques for public speaking/civic conflict situations
  • De-escalation and other group safety skills
  • Tactical nonviolence planning essentials
  • How to take control of a conversation (being rude for the right reasons)

To help make this session as focused and practical as possible, you’ll be asked to answer a few questions after you register.

This meeting will be free and non-partisan. Tell your friends!

REMINDER: 2/25 Protest Safety/Verbal Self Defense Training

Next Saturday will be a busy day in Austin! We have a session on protest safety and verbal assertiveness from 1-3 p.m. at the Manchaca Road Branch library, 5500 Manchaca (at the intersection with Stassney). Please RSVP here. We’ll cover

  • Grounding and emotional self-regulation techniques for public speaking/civic conflict situations
  • How to take control of the conversation (being rude for the right reasons)
  • Coordinating group action at an event
  • Tactical nonviolence planning essentials

Also, the No Ban, No Wall rally will be happening at the Capitol from 2-5 p.m., so you can head up there after the training session and try out your new skills. (Tip: the No. 3 and 103 buses run direct from the library up to Lavaca near the Capitol!)

And if you’re one of Rep. Lamar Smith’s lucky constituents, there is a Town Hall from 5-7:30 p.m. that he could potentially attend if he were into that sort of thing which, unfortunately, he does not seem to be. But the event will be at the historic Scoot Inn at 1308 E 4th Street, a great place to gather after the rally as District 21 residents voice their concerns.

Hope you can make it to one or more of these events!

Protest Safety/Verbal Self Defense Training: UPDATE

For those of you who expressed interest in this training: We’ve scheduled a session from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th, at the Manchaca Road Branch library at 5500 Manchaca. The room is fairly large, but to facilitate planning, please RSVP here!

This meeting will be free, non-partisan, and open to the public, as required by Austin Libraries. Tell your friends!

Protest Safety & Verbal Self Defense Training

If you’re gearing up for one of the marches or other actions this month, here’s a good starter guide for Protest Safety (site includes links to more advanced info and a PDF version of the Basic info for printing/sharing).

We also want to offer some training and practice for engaging with our representatives at public events. If you’re interested in a 1-2 hour session that would cover some of the following, please leave a Comment on this post:

  • Grounding and emotional self-regulation techniques for public speaking/civic conflict situations
  • How to take control of the conversation (being rude for the right reasons)
  • Coordinating group action at an event
  • Tactical nonviolence planning essentials

If you have other concerns related to safe engagement, please note those below too, and we’ll try to address them!