18 June 2019
Dear Representative ____________________________,
Today I read an article in the New York Times that said many democratic members of Congress believe impeachment is not what their constituents want. I beg to differ. In May, polls showed that 60% of democrats favoured impeachment, and a bit later, in early June, polls showed that 76% favour impeachment. I am certainly among those who do. If you claim your constituents overwhelmingly do not favour impeachment, and if 76% of democrats do favour it, then I’m unclear as to who you think your constituents are.
I understand that even if impeached by the House of Representatives, there is no possibility that the Senate will vote to try, convict, and remove Trump from office. I further understand that he is likely to become even more unstable than he already is if the impeachment process is begun. And, I also understand that at this juncture, you likely do not have the support of enough republicans in the House to gain a 2/3 vote for impeachment. However …
If you begin the impeachment process, you will be able to pursue your inquiries and investigations that now seem dead in the water because of Trump’s obfuscation and cover-ups. If you do your job properly, there can be no doubt that you will be able to build a case for impeachment, for Special Counsel Robert Mueller already did most of that work for you. Starting with the obstruction of justice incidences that Mueller laid out, if you follow those leads, verify and confirm what you must, then I believe that you will be able to convince enough of your republican compadres that impeachment is the only recourse.
There are a few things I would like you to consider. The first is that if Donald Trump is not held accountable for his crimes … and make no mistake, he has committed crimes against the citizens of this nation by both his actions and his inactions … then future presidents will feel they have carte blanche to act in a similar manner without reprisal. This is an untenable situation and undermines the very foundation of our government.
Another thing to consider is next years’ election. If Trump is successfully impeached in the House, even though not convicted in the Senate, his reputation will nonetheless be tarnished, hopefully to the point that he will not stand a chance of winning the election. However, if he is not held accountable for his actions, his base will applaud, he will gloat, and quite possibly his base will actually expand. Another untenable situation.
Along those same lines, you all worked hard last year to gain a democratic majority in the House. It is my opinion that you will be putting that majority at risk by your inaction, for whether you believe it or not, the majority of democrats do want to see Trump held accountable, and the mechanism for doing that is impeachment. If you fail to impeach, if you do not even try, I think you will lose many democratic voters who are disappointed and disgusted. I, for one, feel very unrepresented at the moment, and I think you will find that I am far from being alone in this.
If you still believe that impeachment is not popular among your constituents, then get out there and talk to them. Hold town hall meetings in your districts, talk to people, ask them what they think. And I’m not saying talk only to the doctors and lawyers, the wealthy 1% of your constituents, but come down to our level, talk to people like me, my neighbors. Talk to the average Joes in your district. If you fail to do this, you may not be sitting in your office in the Capitol two years from now, and we may no longer have a participatory government. Think about it.
Jill Dennison, citizen, taxpayer, voter