Bring a Threatened Constituent to Trump’s First Speech To Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Donald Trump will appear before a joint session of Congress—and every Member of Congress can bring a guest. This is an opportunity for your Senators and Representative to lift up progressive values of inclusion and respect by inviting constituents who are threatened by Trump policies on immigration, healthcare, LGBTQ protections, environmental regulations, private prisons, and more.  

Call your Members of Congress and ask them to bring as their guest to the joint session an individual who is directly affected by the racist, xenophobic, and authoritarian policies that Trump has advanced since taking office.

Sample Call Dialogue

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to ask whether Senator/Representative Bob is planning to bring a guest to Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

OPTION 1: BRINGING A CONSTITUENT THREATENED BY TRUMP POLICIES

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling!  Senator/Representative Bob is planning to bring a guest who is directly affected by Trump’s policies on immigration/healthcare/LGBTQ communities/gun violence/environment/private prisons/etc. 

    Caller: That’s great! I’m glad to hear that Senator/Representative Bob will bring a guest threatened constituent to the joint session of Congress. If Senator/Representative Bob truly believes, as I do, that Trump is a threat to progressive values, then he should do everything he can to lift up those constituents who are threatened by Trump’s policies. I will be watching to make sure Senator/Representative Bob not only brings a constituent, but also lifts up the story about how that individual is threatened by issuing a public statement and promoting it on social media.  

OPTION 2: NOT BRINGING A CONSTITUENT THREATENED BY TRUMP POLICIES

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Senator Bob/Representative Bob does not plan to bring such an individual to the joint session of Congress. 

    Caller: That’s very disappointing. What that means is that Senator/Representative Bob must not be very concerned about his/her constituents. In the past month, the Trump Administration has issued orders halting refugee admissions and banning Muslims, nominated extremists to oversee healthcare, moved to revoke guidance protecting transgender students, installed a climate change denier to lead the EPA, and rescinded an order to reduce the use of private prisons. These policies threaten thousands of constituents and others in vulnerable communities. How will Senator/Representative Bob show that he shares my concerns about the impact Trump’s policies will have on our neighbors?

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NOT DECIDED

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! I have no idea whether Senator/Representative Bob plans to bring a guest to the joint session of Congress, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

    Caller: That’s disappointing to hear. What that means is that Senator/Representative Bob must not be very concerned about his constituents. In the past month, the Trump Administration has issued orders halting refugee admissions and banning Muslims, nominated extremists to oversee healthcare, moved to revoke guidance protecting transgender students, installed a climate change denier to lead the EPA, and rescinded an order to reduce the use of private prisons. These policies threaten thousands of constituents and others in vulnerable communities.

    I expect Senator/Representative Bob to prove that he shares my concerns by inviting a constituent who is directly threatened by Trump’s policies to the joint session of Congress.

    Will Senator/Representative Bob invite a threatened individual to the joint session of Congress to show that he shares my concerns?

    Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator/Representative.

    Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator/Representative has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.