Write your reps! Demand an impeachment inquiry now.

Trump’s election in 2016 was the Molotov cocktail that ignited the Indivisible movement, including Indivisible Austin. Broadly speaking, our primary means of resisting Trump is congressional advocacy. For a lot of us, this strategy provides a coping mechanism: We can actually do something—that is proven to work. We call our representatives! We track bills! We win elections! No doubt this is important work and we will keep doing it. 

We’ve had notable victories—especially the 2018 midterm elections—but let’s reflect on the man who sparked the movement: President Donald J. Trump. During his time in the White House he’s become more emboldened, more overt in his hostility toward anyone outside his white, male Fox New base. He’s separating children from their mothers and locking them in camps. He sold out our nation to Russia, and obstructed Robert Mueller’s investigation into that fact. There are multiple, credible allegations of sexual assault against him. He continues to try to deprive millions of Americans of quality healthcare—a basic human right. Need we go on?

Congress can do more than pass bills. Congress can—and should—initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

How to make an Impeachment Slackbot

If you’re using Slack to organize, here’s a fun and easy way to make Slackbot deliver random articles of impeachment for Donald J. Trump. Depending on your team’s Slack setup, you might need administrative permissions to do this, but by default anyone can make a Slackbot response.

Step One:

Click the dropdown next to your team name, and find the option to “Customize Slack.”

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Step Two:

Click the “Slackbot” tab and then select “Add New Response”

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Step Three:

Choose a keyword and enter in the first field. NOTE: You probably don’t want to use something used frequently, because Slackbot can get annoying. We chose “impeachmf”!

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Step Four:

In the second field, paste this text. Or choose your own. Line breaks will serve to separate the Slackbot responses.

Trump has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country.
Trump has used the presidency to promote his businesses.
Trump has accepted financial gifts from foreign countries.
Trump has lied to the American people about his relationship with a hostile foreign government.
Trump has tolerated cabinet officials who use their position to enrich themselves.
Trump has called for the prosecution of his political enemies and the protection of his allies.
Trump has tried to shake the public’s confidence in one democratic institution after another, including the press, federal law enforcement and the federal judiciary.
Trump has continued to own and promote the Trump Organization.
Saudi Arabia has showered the Trump Organization with business, and Trump has stood by the Saudis despite their brutal war in Yemen and their assassination of a prominent critic.
A Chinese government-owned company reportedly gave a $500 million loan to a Trump-backed project in Indonesia; two days later, Trump announced that he was lifting sanctions on another well-connected Chinese company.
Trump lied to the American people during the 2016 campaign about business negotiations between his company and Vladimir Putin’s government.
The president of the United States lied to the country about his commercial relationship with a hostile foreign government.
Trump directed a criminal plan to evade campaign finance laws.
Trump rejected, with no factual basis, the findings of multiple intelligence agencies about Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign.
Obstruction of justice is certainly grounds for the removal of a president. It was the subject of the first Nixon article of impeachment passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
Trump has called for Comey, Hillary Clinton and other political opponents of his to be jailed.
Trump has described journalists as “the enemy of the people” — an insult usually leveled by autocrats.
Trump has rejected basic factual findings from the C.I.A., the Congressional Budget Office, research scientists and others.
No other president since Nixon has engaged in behavior remotely like Trump’s. To accept it without sanction is ultimately to endorse it.
We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses, including, just to name a few: obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes; advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of the laws; ordering the cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families at the southern border; and conspiring to illegally influence the 2016 election through a series of hush money payments.
Members of Congress have a sworn duty to preserve our Constitution. Leaving a lawless president in office for political points would be abandoning that duty.
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naïveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate” —Sen. John McCain
Trump pledged to ban entry to the United States on the basis of religion, and did his best to follow through.

Save your response, and then test it out in Slack!

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