Why threaten to primary Democrats?
Elected officials tend to take the path of least resistance on most things—unless you create a political cost for them. That’s where we come in. The growing anti-Trump movement springing up at town hall meetings and protests across the country has already pushed Democratic strategy in the right direction—but not nearly far enough.
Three Democratic Senators voted “yes” to confirm Rex Tillerson, a Big Oil baron with close ties to Putin who conspired to destroy our climate by suppressing evidence about global warming. Fourteen Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo to be our new CIA director, despite Pompeo’s past Islamophobic remarks and ties to far-right conspiracy theorists, his position in favor of unconstitutional surveillance on Americans, and his enthusiastic support for torture and secret detention. And Senate Democrats like Dick Durbin, Claire McCaskill, and Jon Tester have all voiced the opinion that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch deserves "a fair shake”—after Republicans refused to even meet with President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland for almost a year and effectively stole a Supreme Court nomination.
This cannot stand. We will only defeat Republicans on the local, state, and federal level if we go on the offensive.
The next crucial step is escalating our demands, and demonstrating that we won’t accept anything less than full opposition—by showing Democrats just how many people are willing to back primary challenges to Democratic collaborators and enablers of Trump. Democrats must know there is a price for collaborating with Trump. Any Democrats who would give legitimacy or support to Trump do not represent us and must be replaced by people who will stand up for our lives, our values, and our democracy. Add your name.
What does it mean to fight Trump?
Fighting Trump means opposing his agenda of hatred and greed every step of the way— and providing a real alternative. The billionaires and racists in the Trump administration are doing everything they can to make Americans hate and fear each other. Trump and his billionaire cabinet want to divide us based on who we love, our faith, and the color of our skin, just so they can have more wealth and power for themselves.
When the American people are struggling and most of us feel alone, people like Trump keep us from becoming one people out of many. This is the great struggle taking place in our country today – a struggle for the soul of America. Our nation will always be kept from rising to its full potential as long as a corrupt ruling class pits us against one another.
At this moment of great division and uncertainty, we need Democrats who know which side they’re on. We need leaders who will resist Trump's agenda of hatred and greed with every fiber of their being and push to make America belong to all of us.
Democrats have a lot of power to stop Trump’s agenda—if they choose to use it. If Democrats decided to fight,
they could use Congressional rules of order to grind business as usual to a halt to stop the unconstitutional Muslim ban, fight the theft of a Supreme Court nomination, and demand Steve Bannon be fired, for instance. Instead, many Democrats seem to be operating under the delusional assumption that if they play nice with Trump, he’ll magically become more reasonable. That kind of logic just results in us losing more ground every day—and it’s why we need to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire.
Resisting Trump means:
- For members of Congress, voting against Trump’s bigoted, Wall Street-friendly agenda 100 percent of the time, and using all possible means to prevent that agenda from being enacted.
- For U.S. Senators, fighting the confirmation of Trump’s extreme right-wing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
- For elected officials at all levels of government, offering a genuine alternative to Trump’s vision for America by doing everything in their power to oppose the billionaires and racists, and advocate for an agenda that would provide all Americans the things we need to thrive: health care, a livable income, education, and safety in our communities.
How will you decide who to primary?
The Trump administration is a threat to our basic rights, our safety, and the values that uphold our democracy. He does not believe in democracy or consider all Americans worthy of the rights we are guaranteed in the Constitution.
Trump wins by conning working and middle class people into believing racism and corporate greed are good for the American people. We need real leaders who will resist Trump’s racism and corporate greed and offer a real alternative. Therefore, we will consider primarying any Democrats who side with racists and billionaires over the American people. We can’t trust Democrats to lead the resistance if they are in the pocket of the same corporate interests: Wall Street, fossil fuel CEOs, and Big Pharma.
This is a grassroots project, but there’s no limit on how big we’ll go if the support is there. We’ll identify where we think we can make the biggest impact, and take direction from the growing resistance movement (including by surveying the people who sign up here.) Our intention is to spend the first few months of the Trump administration pushing Democrats to do more to fight Trump on the critical early battles, and then later in 2017 announce next steps for supporting primary challengers to Democrats who have not shaped up.
Who is behind this website?
We’re a group of organizers and activists who have helped to build both mass movements and large-scale electoral programs. Many of us were involved in the Bernie campaign in 2016, and we saw what an army of small-dollar donors and volunteers can do when they commit themselves to something important. We believe in people power, and we’re committed to helping translate the energy we’ve all seen in the streets since Trump took office into an electoral force capable of winning—starting in the primaries by defeating Democratic incumbents who are failing us.
Some of the people involved with #WeWillReplaceYou include:
- Alexandra Flores-Quilty
- Becca Rast
- Carolina Canizales
- Claire Sandberg
- Guido Girgenti
- James Hayes
- Jessica Pierce
- Kamau Chege
- Max Berger
- Nick Martin
- Waleed Shahid
- Yong Jung Cho
- May Boeve
- Kenneth Pennington
- Rafael Navar
- Sendolo Diaminah
- Taj James
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