I called my Senator and my Congressman today (their local(ish) offices, not their DC offices) and asked each a version of the following question:
Hi, I have a question for the Congressman/Senator.
In the last three days, Donald Trump has, among other things:
- threatened a sitting US Senator and the New York Times for criticizing him,
- questioned the patriotism of protestors exercising their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly,
- and named a self-avowed white nationalist as his chief advisor.
I would like to know if the Congressman/Senator agrees that these actions are in no way normal or acceptable for a president-elect, and if he does, what he plans to do to condemn them and fight the unprecedented threat Donald Trump poses to our system of government, our democracy, and large portions of my fellow citizens?
I left a message with my Congressman, and got a call back from his District Representative about 15 minutes later. He thanked me for taking the time to call, and we chatted for about five minutes in more detail about my question.
An aide picked up the phone at my Senator’s office, and spent about 10 minutes talking with me.
Both said they would pass along me questions and concerns and get back to me with answers. We’ll see.
I really would encourage anyone to take a few minutes to call. Your mileage may vary, but the people answering the phones at both offices were happy to talk, informed and engaged with the stuff I was asking about, and while maybe they were faking it, seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say.