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Last week, House Democrats executed an incredibly effective series of hearings exposing President Trump's abuses of power. The witnesses were eloquent and sincere, and they implicated Trump and several other top officials in a conspiracy to undermine our national security and solicit foreign assistance in subverting the 2020 election.

These hearings did exactly what we wanted when we called on the House to open impeachment proceedings against Trump. They were public and they clearly demonstrated that, as Adam Serwer of The Atlantic put it, "Trump and his advisers conspired to rig the 2020 election on his behalf, scheming to defraud the American people of a free and fair election... The high crime that the president has committed is not against Ukraine, but against America."

Despite this apparent success, when the hearings ended, I found myself feeling a bit despondent. And I think it was because, somewhere tucked deep, deep down inside, I still had a shred of hope that some elected member of the House or Senate GOP would understand that Trump was openly abusing the power of the presidency and act. That Trump's actions were far worse than President Nixon's and a much clearer danger to our country. I never expected Trump to be convicted, but was it too much to ask for just one Republican to put country over party? Apparently so.

So, somewhat stunningly, impeachment has proven again that the GOP will not save us. In fact, it is time to, as argued in the Washington Post, "rhetorically treat Trump’s defenders as his criminal accomplices. Not just as 'enablers' of Trump’s corruption but as active participants in it."

It is abundantly clear that making real change in our government falls on us, the people of this country. Now, the impeachment story is definitely not over. There is much to be done in the House, in both the Intelligence and the Judiciary committees, before a vote and potential trial in the Senate. Whatever the outcome, we will stand together to defeat Trump and his accomplices.

Over the next several weeks, Indivisible Montgomery will host events to help you get involved, raise your voice and make a difference in the coming year.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: Indivisible Montgomery in-person meeting with Rep. Jamie Raskin at Kensington Park Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: Advocacy Writing Workshop put on by the Communications Committee, 7 to 9pm. Contact Katherine to RSVP. Only 2 spots left!
  • ???: Sign up for pro-impeachment rallies to be held the night before the House votes on articles of impeachment, whenever that may be.
All my best for the holiday,

Chris Pickett
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