Ask Trump to hold all his advisers equally accountable

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Contact President Elect Trump and let him know that you approve of his firing Michael G. Flynn from his transition team for spreading dangerous fake news stories on Twitter, and you want to see his father, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (whom Trump appointed as his national security adviser) held accountable for the same behavior.

Here is the link to contact Donald Trump: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

To get you started, here is a sample message. Feel free to use it as is, or to personalize it.

President Elect Trump,

My name is ________ ________. I am a US citizen and a voter, and I am writing to applaud your decision to fire Michael G. Flynn over his promotion of dangerously false news stories via his twitter account. Accurate reporting is crucial to a healthy democracy, and people who spread falsehoods have no place in government.

I hope that you will continue this show of good judgement by removing other members of your transition team or cabinet who have been repeatedly guilty of promoting easily disproved faux news, starting with Michael’s father, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. Lt. Gen. Flynn has shared many fake news stories, such as ones alleging that Mrs. Clinton committed felonies and has posted his own Islamophobic views.

This country has many real problems to solve, and it is unproductive and dangerous for us to waste our time on baseless conspiracy theories.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

Why this matters

If Trump’s own national security adviser can’t tell the difference between fake news and real news, he is obviously in a position to give advice that is not just terrible, but has tragic consequences. Our government must not order military actions or base foreign or domestic policy on easily disprovable fantasies.

These fake news stories that Trump and his associates have been spreading on Twitter have already led to a shooting in a pizzeria, after the owner was targeted by vicious libel because he had held fundraisers for Hillary Clinton. This is only the beginning of the tragedies that can happen when our elected officials buy into – and spread – conspiracy theories against their enemies.

Urge Trump to reconsider his appointment of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education

Send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure about his selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. We’ve written a sample message for you to get started, but you are encouraged to use your own words. Be firm but polite.

President-elect Trump,

I am deeply concerned and disappointed in your selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. Her proposals to divert funding out of public schools and into private, charter or even religious schools would only serve to further weaken public schools and make it harder for them to serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations. I urge you to reconsider her selection.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump.

Why this matters:

Here’s a quote from Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, explained the anxiety many have about DeVos as education secretary:

We strongly urge Congress to scrutinize the record of Betsy DeVos, who has been a staunch proponent of school vouchers, a misguided idea that diverts taxpayer dollars into private and parochial schools and perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state. She and her husband served as the primary fundraisers and engine for a Michigan ballot initiative — Kids First! Yes! Coalition that voters soundly rejected in 2000.

She has ardently supported the unlimited, unregulated growth of charter schools in Michigan, elevating for-profit schools with no consideration of the severe harm done to traditional public schools. She’s done this despite overwhelming evidence that proves that charters do no better at educating children than traditional public schools and serve only to exacerbate funding problems for cash-strapped public districts. We believe that all children have a right to a quality public education, and we fear that Betsy DeVos’ relentless advocacy of charter schools and vouchers betrays these principles.

Fight Myron Ebell’s appointment as head of the EPA

Donald Trump has selected a climate change denier to head the EPA.

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Please add your name and comments to the following petitions:

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-don-t-let-myron-ebell-dismantle-the-epa

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-myron-ebell-from

Then send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure. We’ve written a sample message for you to get started, but you are encouraged to use your own words. Be firm but polite.

President-elect Trump,

I am writing to express my disappointment that you would select Myron Ebell to head the EPA, an agency that is meant to protect human health and the environment. Myron Ebell has shown himself to be a friend only of the fossil fuel industry, with no regard to the health of the American people. I urge you to reconsider his selection.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump.

Why does this matter?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exists to protect human health and the environment for future generations, by writing and enforcing regulations. This is how the EPA describes their mission:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, President-elect Trump’s pick for the new head of the EPA is Myron Ebell, is about as antithetical to this mission of protecting human health and the environment as you could possibly get! Mr. Ebell is a proud climate change denier despite not having any scientific experience (although, he’s also argued that if climate change is real, it would “have benefits”). Do you know who’s concerned about climate change other than scientists? The Pentagon: they consider it a major threat to national security. He wants to throw out the Clean Power Plan. He’s worked to reduce protections for endangered species.

This article from the New York Times describes Ebell’s stance on environmental policy and enumerates many troubling aspects of appointing Ebell to lead the EPA Transition in the Trump Administration.

Make your voice heard: Myron Ebell is an unacceptable choice for head of the EPA.