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Thread. 1. #ElectionProtection. What's the most important thing you're going to do today? Sign up to get ongoing Election Protection training. Reports predict #Election2020 may be "marked by a chaotic legal & political landscape" Will you be prepared?…
2. Does it matter if you get training? Yes. "We face a period of contestation/from the 1st day a ballot is cast/until 1/20/20. The winner may not, & we assess likely will not, be known on 'election night'." If you are prepared & ready - you can help.…
3. @SMART_elections collaborating w/ @ScrutineersUS
is providing important #ElectionProtection training every other Tues. It's the foundation you need to #DefendOurDemocracy. On YouTube: 8/25 7pm ET here.

We've got to train to be ready for #Election2020
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Trump is trumping, again, and it's still all hands on-deck to #DefendOurDemocracy.

Meanwhile, @SpeakerPelosi is leading a bicameral delegation at the Munich Security Conference where her words on the state of democracy in the US and abroad resonated with new urgency. #MSC2020
@SpeakerPelosi Nodding to our rich history of welcoming newcomers who bring their clear-eyed optimism & hard-won wisdom to our American life, Madam Speaker's words brought hope that we may yet be uniquely resilient to authoritarian forces threatening the world's democracies now. #CA12 #MSC2020
@SpeakerPelosi Mindful that meaningful alliances are strengthened by moments of agreement and principled candor relying on a reserve of trust built over time, Speaker Pelosi minced no words in conveying America's disapproval of Huawei's (and China's) position of leverage re 5G. #CA12 #MSC2020
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Our Founders put safeguards in the Constitution to protect against a rogue president. They never imagined that they would at the same time have a rogue leader in the Senate who would cowardly abandon his duty to uphold the Constitution.
President Trump was impeached with the support of a majority of the American people – a first in our nation’s history. And now he is the first President in history to face a bipartisan vote to convict him in the Senate.
The President will boast that he has been acquitted. There can be no acquittal without a trial, and no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence.
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Immediately after approving foreign interference in our elections, Senate moves to further harm our democracy by installing a Southern judge committed to suppressing votes of large segments of American people. What a day!#DefendOurDemocracy #BlockBrasher
Andrew Brasher has worst #VotingRights record of any Trump judicial nominee, and that's hard to do.

❌Opposes VRA
❌Defended race-based redistricting
❌Opposed formerly incarcerated voting
❌Required citizenship proof to register
❌Excluded non-citizens from Census
It's no accident Trump wants him in AL seat on 11th Circuit. From Selma to Shelby County, Alabama is ground zero for voting rights. What could be a more powerful assault on voting rights than placing THIS judge in THIS seat? Trump is weaponizing the bench to suppress the vote.
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📖 🧨 Bolton’s Knives Out for Giuliani & Trump >> Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Bogus Investigations, Rudy wanted to get rid of Yovanovitch for his own clients, Bolton says in explosive new book. 🍿…
Stunning deception & bad faith from Trump's lawyers, arguing before the Chief Justice, the Senate & the public to exclude witnesses, knowing—for weeks—that Bolton testimony crushes Trump defense. They're aiding obstruction & asking Senators to do the same! Bolton must testify now
Trump told Bolton he wanted to freeze aid til Ukraine investigated Biden & Crowdstrike—both bogus. Bolton is a direct fact witness to the QPQ. AND proves corruption & burden sharing were pretexts. WH had Bolton manuscript, so WH lawyers knowingly lied to Senate. #ImpeachmentTrial
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🚨📹 #ICYMI, a mega-thread🧵 of clips from yesterday's explosive start to the Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. #GOPCoverup #ShamTrial

As you may have heard, the proceedings started at 1PM and didn't end until 2AM – because #MidnightMitch wants it done in the dead of night.
Why is Trump being impeached? His lawyers asked disingenuously. Well, @RepJeffries did the rundown of Trump's high crimes and misdemeanors for them.

"And if you don't know – now you know!" #DefendOurDemocracy #EndTheCoverUp
@RepJeffries In a nutshell, House Managers focused on the facts establishing Trump's impeachable offenses and the need for a fair and REAL trial. Not an a**backwards #ShamTrial.

While Trump's lawyers hooped and hollered and acted offended. @RepAdamSchiff cracked their code for all of us.
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Earlier today, the House passed a resolution naming our Impeachment Managers in the upcoming Senate trial. Here is a quick look at their backgrounds. #DefendOurDemocracy
.@RepAdamSchiff, our Lead Manager, is Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence. As a federal prosecutor, Chairman Schiff prosecuted the first federal FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage. #DefendOurDemocracy
.@RepJerryNadler is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – and previously served 13 years as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. #DefendOurDemocracy
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The #ParnasDocs are disturbing. Understatement!

What we're seeing tonight about what can only be described as threats to Amb. Yovanovitch's safety as she served in Ukraine put her already shocking testimony at the #ImpeachmentHearings in a new and alarming light.🎥🔽
We shouldn't forget that Trump referenced Yovanovitch in intimidating terms on his so-called "perfect" call with Pres. Zelensky that was anything but perfect.

What did he mean when he said this career US diplomat was going to be going through some things? #thug #EndTheCoverUp
Again, Amb. Yovanovich's testimony hits me on a new level now that we have a glimpse into the dark moves + motives at the end of her tenure in Ukraine as an anti-corruption force in the way of Trump's corrupt plan to extort a political favor from Ukraine for him (and Putin.)
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This is why I am utterly heartbroken. Johnson has been employing fascist politics, he hit drops the dead cat doses of racism more precisely than trumps constant use of these tactics. Johnson is definitely smarter that Trump. So frankly we are in trouble.
Amnesty international, Public Law Project, Liberty, and Democracy now are ringing the alarms. THIS IS CODE RED. His use of fascist political tactics is one thing and of purse does not guarantee the creation of a fascist state but
he is setting out a constitutionally alarming agenda that seizes more power, an agenda that has been described as a power grab, authoritarian, autocratic by human rights and democracy groups as well as journalists and even a systems theorist.
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1. The letter definitely intentionally excludes Pelosi from the category of “real” Christian, and whoever inserted that language knows Trump’s Christian nationalist base well.

“Liberal” is an antonym for “Christian” in the White evangelical milieu I grew up in.

2. I was taking to an evangelical relative on the phone in 2016 before the election. She didn’t want to vote for Trump, but she insisted she couldn’t vote for a non-believer.

I protested, “But Hillary Clinton is a practicing Methodist!”

She replied, “I just don’t believe it.”
3. For Trump’s base, Christian = American = Republican.

Nationalists and fascists always define “the nation” or “the people” in a way that excludes members of othered groups. Authoritarians project their insecurity into a need to feel superior to others.…
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Senator McConnell has promised to sabotage the impeachment trial and he must recuse himself. No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney.

Yesterday, Sen. McConnell said, “Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”
The United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, says, “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments."

It also says, "When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.” #DefendOurDemocracy
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Republicans gaslight, distract from THE FACTS:
1) TRUMP CONFESSED—on TV—confirming he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden. That's soliciting foreign interference‼️
2) MULVANEY CONFESSED—on TV—to the quid pro quo for aid. That's bribery, extortion, or abuse of power‼️#Impeachment
1) Trump’s CONFESSION—on TV—confirming he asked Ukraine’s President Zelensky to investigate Biden. That’s soliciting foreign interference. 🛑 And abuse of power. That he was toying w/ a vulnerable ally at war w/ Russia just makes it worst. #Impeachment
2) Mulvaney CONFESSED—on TV—that Trump solicited a quid pro quo—Ukraine aid for political investigations, adding, “get over it.” That Trump won’t let Mick testify is abuse of power AND obstruction 🛑 #impeachment #Facts #DefendOurDemocracy @HouseJudiciary
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"Trump is THE CENTRAL PLAYER in this scheme."

DEMs 9 am announcement: two articles of impeachment
📌abuse of power
📌obstruction of Congress

The IG report just blew up Trump’s lies.

Crossfire Hurricane opened with sufficient lawful predication.

RU FM Lavrov meets Trump tomorrow—Zelensky still awaiting an invite.

In order to increase pressure on Ukraine to announce the politically motivated inv’nsTrump wanted, he withheld the coveted Oval Office meeting & $391 M of essential military aid from Ukraine

Trump used the power and influence of his office to pressure & induce Zelensky to interfere in the 2020 presidential elex for his personal & political benefit

Trump’s conduct sought to undermine our free & fair elections & poses an imminent threat to our NatSec.
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Let's review some of the evidence of the president's abuse of power. #DefendOurDemocracy…
When Ukraine's president asked President Trump for help, President Trump responded, "I would like you to do us a favor, though."

Not something for the U.S. Something for himself: investigations into a Russia-promoted conspiracy theory, as well as investigations of the Bidens.
This central piece of evidence is overwhelming. It's like having a videotape of a home invasion, filmed by the culprit himself.
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Over the past few weeks, the American people have heard the testimony of truly patriotic career public servants, distinguished diplomats and decorated war heroes. The facts presented are uncontested. The President has engaged in abuse of power.
The President’s abuse of power undermined our national security and jeopardized the integrity of our elections. His actions are in defiance of both the vision of our founders and his own oath of office.
The President is a continuing threat to our democracy and leaves us no choice but to act. I am asking our Chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment. #DefendOurDemocracy
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1. Fwiw, I get the sense that the Democrat House leadership has decided it's only going to go through the motions of impeaching Trump. Bread and circuses for the House Democrat impeachment supporters and political messaging for the base.
2. The Democrat House leadership believes there will be no conviction in the GOP-majority Senate (likely true!), so the Democrat House leadership isn't working to actually impeach Trump, but political message making while Trump's Ukraine extortion is a front page topic.
3. The seriousness of the likely Trump impeachment charges for Trump's Ukraine extortion pale in comparison to Trump's criminality contained in the Mueller report. Trump's wholesale obstruction of justice including firing both the FBI Director and a recused Attorney General.
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🚨THREAD, recapping #MadamSpeaker's 🔥🔥🔥 press conference after the 1st #ImpeachmentHearings dealt a major blow to Trump.

Addressing action by House Dems for veterans, bigger paychecks, lower drug costs, & more – she also explained the duty of Congress to #DefendOurDemocracy.
Mincing no words, #MadamSpeaker was clear that the "devastating testimony" from both a career official at the State Dept. and Trump's own Ambassador to Ukraine "corroborated evidence of bribery" and obvious abuses of power shown in the WH's own memo of Trump's call with Zelensky.
As House Democrats continue to uphold their constitutional duty to #DefendOurDemocracy, they continue to work on behalf of the American people – including our veterans whom we honored as a grateful nation on #VeteransDay Monday and whom Democrats honor everyday with good policy.
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<THREAD> A central question of the #ImpeachmentInquiry is Trump's insistence on using #RudyGiuliani to side-step traditional diplomatic channels. Why make Rudy your cyber-security advisor? Because it's a cover for Rudy to do what he's always done for Trump. @NarativLive
2. Which is why you should be watching my new podcast - it's a real-time deep investigation into Rudy that will become extremely relevant as the #ImpeachmentInquiry continues. in Part 1, we explained Donald and Rudy's ties to the #Russian #mob.…
3. In part 2, I explain how Rudy fits into The #Trump-Russia narrative and expose his cyber-security contracts as a slush fund for his back-channel diplomacy. @NarativLive…
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This is VERY serious & unacceptable:

UK PM withholding Intelligence Committee report on security threat of Russian interference in upcoming (12 Dec!) general election.

What is Boris Johnson hiding?

#DefendingDemocracy #GE2019 #UKPolitics #HybridWar…
Chair Intelligence & Security Committee:

PM Johnson's press office* come up with "whopping lies" on why report can’t be published now.

*Linked to #Cummings, Johnson's chief adviser, who is now facing questions over his activities in... #Russia.

UK PM blocks report on Russian election interference — until *after* the election ?!

What is Boris Johnson hiding ??

Yet *another* UK election that's not free & fair.

Unless it leaks...

Voters deserve to know the truth!

#DefendOurDemocracy #GE2019🗳️…
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More chalked comments seen in a Northern city. Has the #GraffitiGranny of #Wakefield inspired Chalksy of Lancaster?

"Let's bin Brexit"

#Chalksy #LancasterChalksy #RebelAlliance #JustMakeItStop
2) Spotted tonight on my way home:

"Brexit is building walls not bridges"

#LancasterChalksy #StopTheCoup
#MoreInCommon #HeartsNotHate
3) Another message seen on some steps near the river:

"Brexit is wrong on so many levels"

#LancasterChalksy #StopBrexit JustMakeItStop #BrexitShambles
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To the person who attacked me from behind in front of my daughter and tried to put me in a choke hold...

To the person who tried to rip my EU flag from my hands...

To the group singing Tommy Robinson chants while disrupting the #DefendDemocracy rally...
...You bring shame on Brexit supporters - most of whom are good people.

You are helping persuade even more of them to become #RemainerNow. For that I thank you.

Who would want to be on the same side as you?

@BestForBritain #DefendOurDemocracy #MarchForChange @march_change
@BestForBritain @march_change + we're both fine. Thank you everyone for your kind replies.

Great rally!

These people are a vanishingly tiny group that in no way represents the United Kingdom. Hope the tourists in Westminster today realise that. Our international reputation is battered enough.
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BBC News headline (2pm): "Crowds of demonstrators have gathered in locations across the UK to protest against the Prime Minister's decision to suspend Parliament. Organisers hope tens of thousands will take to the streets in dozens of towns and cities." #DefendOurDemocracy
That was word for word the key summary. Not "tens of thousands *have* gathered", but "organisers *hope* tens of thousands". Why report facts when you can report hopes. They're so much weaker. Unbelievable how quickly the BBC is becoming a mouthpiece of the Tory junta...
Then in the video package that followed: "More than 30 protests are planned across the UK. Organisers say they're expecting tens of thousands of people." All that against a background of massive crowds who were *already* protesting.
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Official statement on #prorogation:

Volt UK resolutely condemns the decision of the unelected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament, denying the elected representatives of the British people the time to debate viable options to solve the crisis. (1/5)
Johnson’s attempt to silence Parliament goes against the spirit of our democracy. It comes at a time when it is more important than ever that our elected representatives have the opportunity to hold the Government to account and make sure our voices are heard. (2/5)
Volt UK is part of a pan-European movement. We believe that democracy is strengthened when its citizens are empowered. (3/5)
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