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🌻Elle 🐈 Gato🌻 @ellle_em
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Look if we are successful in ousting Trump do you know the one way we will guarantee another Trump-like leader down the line?

Complacency. Allowing politicians to get away with being racist or hawkish or whatever b/c they're not Trump & thus make us feel better
Forbidding people from questioning politicians, demanding acknowledgement of mistakes and restitution to those hurt. Accusing people who are trying to hold politicians accountable of "working for the enemy."

We can't go back to business as usual
Whoever the Democrats run in 2020, whether it's Warren or Booker or Harris or O'Rourke....they are not immune to being held accountable. They are not immune from criticism, from calls to rectify their mistakes, their missteps, their bad policy decisions or harmful words
Ousting Trump is not enough. Accepting a new president without demanding a new system, a fairer system, a system that works for marginalized folks and protects those who need it most virtually assures that the US will play this game with fascism again and again and again
After George W. Bush left office we should have taken to the streets DEMANDING the new administration hold him and his cabinet responsible for the war crimes they committed, for the harm they did to the US and beyond. We didn't. We accepted a "return" to "normalcy"
We thought it was enough to elect Barack Obama. And now we're treating George W. Bush look a goofy, harmless old uncle and we have a movie about Dick Cheney that shows him being this like, super cool renegade. We forgot. And that's why we have Trump
We cannot stop demanding accountability from our elected representatives just because Trump is no longer in power. We cannot stop demanding systemic change. We cannot hold anyone sacred, we cannot claim anyone is free from flaws. We cannot be complacent
So yes, we need to be loud about Elizabeth Warren and her claiming of Native ancestry when it suits her. And if Booker runs we need to be loud about his relationship with charter schools. And if Harris runs we need to be loud about her history within the criminal justice system
We need to let the entire Democratic field know just being not Trump isn't enough. That they have to work to make sure we don't have another Trump, that we make real, meaningful change.
And we need to NOT attack people who are calling out potential 2020 nominees. We need to NOT silence marginalized people when they speak up about how 2020 candidates have hurt them/their communities. We need to LISTEN and LEARN and never, ever, be quiet
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