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Sun May 20, 2018, 05:28 PM

Why don't Democratic lawmakers hold a press briefing/conference each week to hold Trump to account?

It seems Democrats are having trouble getting the message out about how bad Trump is.

I suggest -

Gather together Democratic lawmakers.
Hold a weekly or twice-weekly press event.
Provide a summary of Trump's lies and the damage he has done since the last briefing.
Bring on large groups who are affected by Trump's actions, example people who have lost healthcare or dreamers and their families.
Trash his Tweets.
Throw down challenges to Trump - questions about his lies that he will be unable to answer.
Maintain continuous themes with examples - for example - Trump is corrupt. He's a liar. He is damaging America. He is callous.
Lay out the Democratic alternative.
Make the events controversial, big productions to attract maximum media exposure.
Try to get the media to talk about things that need to be talked about - too much is overlooked, and most people are unaware of how bad Trump is.

Why isn't something like this happening? Trump's approval has increased. That means he is fooling more people without an effective opposition. We shouldn't let that happen.

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Reply Why don't Democratic lawmakers hold a press briefing/conference each week to hold Trump to account? (Original post)
Doodley May 2018 OP
guillaumeb May 2018 #1
Doodley May 2018 #2
guillaumeb May 2018 #5
BSdetect May 2018 #3
Squinch May 2018 #4
Sophia4 May 2018 #6
Doodley May 2018 #66
BigmanPigman May 2018 #7
leftynyc May 2018 #63
BigmanPigman May 2018 #65
vi5 May 2018 #8
Doodley May 2018 #67
left-of-center2012 May 2018 #9
ehrnst May 2018 #47
Doodley May 2018 #68
tavernier May 2018 #10
sheshe2 May 2018 #39
Doodley May 2018 #69
ehrnst May 2018 #48
JustAnotherGen May 2018 #53
ehrnst May 2018 #57
tavernier May 2018 #55
ehrnst May 2018 #58
Doodley May 2018 #70
ehrnst May 2018 #71
mcar May 2018 #11
ooky May 2018 #12
ehrnst May 2018 #49
ooky May 2018 #60
RandomAccess May 2018 #14
Beartracks May 2018 #15
mcar May 2018 #17
RandomAccess May 2018 #29
mcar May 2018 #31
RandomAccess May 2018 #34
ehrnst May 2018 #50
RandomAccess May 2018 #52
ehrnst May 2018 #56
RandomAccess May 2018 #59
ehrnst May 2018 #61
Cha May 2018 #38
mcar May 2018 #43
ehrnst May 2018 #51
Cha May 2018 #37
George II May 2018 #21
mcar May 2018 #22
JI7 May 2018 #24
mcar May 2018 #25
Stinky The Clown May 2018 #64
BumRushDaShow May 2018 #13
c-rational May 2018 #33
BlueJac May 2018 #16
elmac May 2018 #18
volstork May 2018 #19
George II May 2018 #20
BadGimp May 2018 #23
kairos12 May 2018 #26
dalton99a May 2018 #27
mcar May 2018 #44
Squinch May 2018 #28
KT2000 May 2018 #30
John Fante May 2018 #32
Thrill May 2018 #35
lancelyons May 2018 #36
Garrett78 May 2018 #40
kentuck May 2018 #41
ehrnst May 2018 #46
Achilleaze May 2018 #42
ehrnst May 2018 #45
mcar May 2018 #54
ehrnst May 2018 #62

Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:29 PM

1. The media is too busy covering all of Trump's insane rants.

He is much better for ratings.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:32 PM

2. They give Stormy Daniel's lawyer more air time than any Democratic lawmaker. There is something

wrong with that. We are too passive. It is time to fight and fight hard with the same energy as Avenatti. We are sleep walking further and further into this nightmare.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #2)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:35 PM

5. Avenatti is beating Trump at Trump's own game.

But I agree with you that Democrats need to fight more.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:33 PM

3. They could at least try this suggestion.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:35 PM

4. Great idea.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:46 PM

6. Why indeed? Great idea!

 

It would help all of us who want to volunteer and canvas or table for the midterm elections.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #6)

Wed May 23, 2018, 12:47 AM

66. Very true.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 05:52 PM

7. I wish they would too, but I think a lot who are

concerned about the midterms are keeping quiet since the party leaders don't want to scare away possible Dem voters with too much "impeachment" type talk.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #7)

Tue May 22, 2018, 12:32 PM

63. They don't need to talk about impeachment

 

How about higher gas prices? How about the crooked ZTE deal? How about getting rid of all the regulations that give us clean air and water? How about gun control? There are plenty of things they could be screaming about.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #63)

Tue May 22, 2018, 05:23 PM

65. Most people haven't heard of those things or they don't care.

It's a sorry state of affairs but it is unfortunately true. I think the local campaigns will bring up the issues that their specific areas are interested in. The areas that are rural and love their 2nd Amend and want to keep their rifles could vote Dems if they are reassured that no one will come for their guns. The same goes for immigration...it is very touchy. They would be upset about higher gas prices though. Places that are already blue would be interested in the issues you mentioned (gun control, clean air, etc.) and campaigning on them is a plus in theses places. The really Dem places can talk about tRump's crimes and the corruption and get more votes than the Dems who don't. In CA there are 26 candidates running for senator and only 4 are GOP candidates so Feinstein is running on solid Dem issues like gun control, healthcare for all and expanded Medicare, and so on.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:33 PM

8. Doesn't seem to be our MO. Ever.

 

What you are suggesting is pretty much what Republicans did all throughout Obama's presidency.

Politics is hard and sometimes I really do feel like too many elected Dems think it's just too much work to actually....you know....sell their message.

This is what I hear every time I hear about a red state Dem who just has to adopt this or that conservative position because "They're constituents just won't go for it!" or whatever other excuse. Well how about tell them why it's good. How about tell them why it's better than Republicans rather than just shrugging your shoulders and saying "Oh well, they'll never go for it." Would that be easy? No, but then again if you want an easy job there are plenty of other options for you out there than Democratic politician.

Along the same lines, I also think one of the worst things to happen to us is the early spate of scandal plagued republicans about 5-10 years ago. I forget whether it was the "wide stance" guy or the "actual rape" guy who basically said a stupid thing and the campaign imploded and an underdog Dem candidate won. Since that time it seems like that is too many people on our side's primary strategy. Just keep a low profile, wait for the Republican to do or say something so stupid that people end up voting for the Dem.

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Response to vi5 (Reply #8)

Wed May 23, 2018, 12:53 AM

67. I agree. It is hard to see any discernible, coherent, coordinated strategy.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:39 PM

9. I think Nancy Pelosi does that

I think both the House and Senate leadership hold weekly press conferences.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #9)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:43 PM

47. They have a weekly address, and put out press releases more often.

 

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #9)

Wed May 23, 2018, 12:56 AM

68. And who is even aware of that out of the entire electorate?

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 06:55 PM

10. I think they should be screaming their heads off

loudly and clearly, every minute of every day that they are being paid to work. Their job is not to grin and bear it, but to make certain that our country is being protected!!

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Response to tavernier (Reply #10)

Mon May 21, 2018, 02:25 AM

39. Hmmm

So

avernier
10. I think they should be screaming their heads off

loudly and clearly, every minute of every day that they are being paid to work.


So are you saying that you want them screaming their heads off in front of the cameras every minute of every day? All the days they are paid to work?.

Wow.

Me, I would prefer them to be in the senate or congress and committee meetings actually making legislation and submitting proposals that can make it to the floor. I do not want them as a talking head on every TeeVee show promoting what will never pass unless they start doing it from the chambers we elected them for. They do the comments and appear on the news shows. They were not hired to be TV personalities.


Their job is not to grin and bear it, but to make certain that our country is being protected!!


Most of them are. All but two voted for Russian Sanctions. Only two did not...all Democrats did.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #39)

Wed May 23, 2018, 01:03 AM

69. I would prefer a blue wave. I would prefer Trump not to get away with his lies. He has got away with

every single lie. That is why he was elected. That is why he is being successful in screwing America and discrediting Mueller. He is the President of US and he is destroying our nation. You bet the opposition should be screaming. The consequences of being passive and camera-shy is eight years of hell, and who knows what will be left after that?

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Response to tavernier (Reply #10)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:44 PM

48. The thing about constant screaming is that people tune you out.

 

If everything is OMG IMPORTANT, then people start to think that nothing you say is important.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #48)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:02 PM

53. I'm torn on this ehrnst

On the one hand - you are right.

On the other hand - the media has done nothing but reward 45 for this since the day the damn thing announced it was running for President. *smdh*

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #53)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:15 PM

57. The thing is, anything Dems say is going to be, by definition, partisan

 

even if it's the truth.

If others - the AARP, for instance, say that the GOP is trashing Medicare, it gets WAY more attention.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #48)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:10 PM

55. I've heard no screaming yet

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #48)

Wed May 23, 2018, 01:05 AM

70. What Democrats are screaming?

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Response to Doodley (Reply #70)

Wed May 23, 2018, 07:28 AM

71. The OP seems to think that they should be, on a weekly basis.

 

I don't.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:27 PM

11. Sigh

I suggest you follow our Dem leaders on social media. You'd find that they do hold weekly press conferences; they also are quite active on Twitter and Facebook.

If the media doesn't cover it, it doesn't mean it isn't happening.

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Response to mcar (Reply #11)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:40 PM

12. Yep. I don't recall the media covering this vote that was taken

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Response to ooky (Reply #12)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:51 PM

49. Actually they did. H.J.Res.2 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the US"

 

This was part of a much, much larger bill, and it failed - THAT was what was covered.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/politics/house-balanced-budget-amendment-vote.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/12/house-fails-advance-balanced-budget-amendment-counter-high-spending-levels/508665002/

This is exactly why advocacy orgs like "Social Security Networks" exist. To get that detail out to people.



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Response to ooky (Reply #12)

Mon May 21, 2018, 02:33 PM

60. Sorry I should have specified tv media in my comment.

I knew it because of Social Security Works but never saw it mentioned on mainstream TV. I would have least expected it on MSNBC or CNN, unless I just missed it.

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Response to mcar (Reply #11)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:44 PM

14. I think the suggestion is to MAKE it newsworthy --

 

rather than hohum. And I concur. They HAVE to start getting out the message -- or perish. Or let Trump's lies stand unchallenged.

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #14)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:47 PM

15. I think you're right. C-SPAN isn't the best "social media" platform. n/t

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #14)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:09 PM

17. How do you know it's "hohum?"

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Response to mcar (Reply #17)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:51 PM

29. Seems self-evident to me --

 

The fact that their periodic press conferences don't get any news coverage makes them, by definition, too ho hum to cover.

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #29)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:03 PM

31. Sure, cause we know the media covers all news equally

Why, just remember how they covered all of HRC's very substantive rallies and policy announcements. The media always covers the real news, unless it's ho-hum.

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Response to mcar (Reply #31)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:25 PM

34. You make my point for me

 

What did they cover instead?? THE not at all hohum Trump rallies.

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #34)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:53 PM

50. So, are you saying that Dems should pander for attention and controversy?

 

instead of doing the work that they are doing?

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #50)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:02 PM

52. I'm saying they should do what the need to do in order to get

 

PRESS ATTENTION (esp. broadcast media) when they challenge and counter Trump's lies which they're not doing nearly enough of.

There are vast swatches of the American people who only hear (or read) the headlines, and Dems desperately need to create some headlines by DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND TELLING THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH.

They can do that AND what they're already doing, both.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #56)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:53 PM

59. Oh, good for you. You found some headlines.

 

That answers everything, doesn't it?

Sorry, you very clearly do not understand the point. Guess what. It's not worth my time to try to explain it to you, other than to say you missed key words and concepts like "broadcast," and "vast swaths of Americans" (who don't usually read The Hill or Axios, or Real Clear Politics or usually even Newsweek and CNN online).

So whatever. You're right; I'm wrong; you taught me a lesson and showed me up. Happy now?

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #59)

Mon May 21, 2018, 02:51 PM

61. AND broadcast news coverage.

 

You stated:

Dems desperately need to create some headlines by DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND TELLING THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH.
along with "PRESS ATTENTION (esp. broadcast media) when they challenge and counter Trump's lies which they're not doing nearly enough of."


And I posted a whole bunch of headlines, including broadcast media coverage of them DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND TELLING THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH, and challenging and counter Trump's lies.

You then got upset and snippy at being contradicted about how ineffective and sorry you think Democrats in office are with the media, and then demanded to know how "vast swaths of Americans" "who don't usually read" mainstream news sources or watch the news are going to know about how Democrats are DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND TELLING THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH.

Those who watch FoxNews, or YouTube videos of comedians who fancy themselves journalists, aren't going to believe anything that doesn't support their confirmation bias anyway.

You're welcome.

Why don't you tell us how those "vast swaths of Americans" you are talking about get their information? Why doncha stoop to everyone here's level and splain it to us?

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Response to mcar (Reply #31)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:32 AM

38. No, you didn't make his point..

you made my point, mcar..

37. The M$M has an agenda.. they were a big part

of the reason we have trump and his doormats.

If it's a choice between fucking trump and Democracy for The People(no tax cuts).. they'll take trump every time.

Like they did during the campaign season.

I think Dems speaking out is exciting.. the fucking corporate manufactured news apparently doesn't agree.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10638794


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Response to Cha (Reply #38)

Mon May 21, 2018, 09:52 AM

43. And then complain that Dems have no message

Thanks, Cha!

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Response to Cha (Reply #38)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:54 PM

51. +1000 (nt)

 

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #14)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:26 AM

37. The M$M has an agenda.. they were a big part

of the reason we have trump and his doormats.

If it's a choice between fucking trump and Democracy for The People(no tax cuts).. they'll take trump every time.

Like they did during the campaign season.

I think Dems speaking out is exciting.. the fucking corporate manufactured news apparently doesn't agree.

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Response to mcar (Reply #11)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:33 PM

21. Not only social media, but I've recently seen Democrats on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC...

...talking about much of this.

In fact, the media IS covering most of what's been happening and they've had our Senators and Representatives almost daily on the various talk shows.

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Response to George II (Reply #21)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:41 PM

22. This is true

I see Dems on CNN every time I watch. This "why aren't Dems doing anything" type of argument mystifies me.

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Response to mcar (Reply #22)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:08 PM

24. At the same time you have people accusing Democrats of only going after Trump

And not offering any reason to vote for them.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #24)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:21 PM

25. A bit of a mixed message, no?

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Response to mcar (Reply #11)

Tue May 22, 2018, 12:33 PM

64. If the media doesn't cover it, it means they're ineffective.

Period.

No excuses.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:42 PM

13. They (Democratic leadership) do usually hold weekly press conferences

(at least when they are session)

The M$M however, don't find them particularly meaningful to cover unless something controversial comes up (and I mean something able to rise above the loud noise that has become the controversial "baseline" ). CSPAN would normally broadcast those.

ALSO every single week, Democrats run a "Weekly Address" to counter the Presidential "Weekly Address", and these usually air on the radio and are available on the congressional website and on Youtube. For example, the one that was released just yesterday is here -



Here is the channel for the previous ones - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrXlgSrg2WERfxeCSCf7dEbkr33ctPvUS

Also, why not encourage or DEMAND that WEALTHY Democrats (and they exist) BUY some media outlets and then WE can control the what and the when and the for how long?

Beggars can't be choosers unfortunately. When you don't own and control the microphone, few will hear your message.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #13)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:18 PM

33. I like your mrssage, esprcially the part about buying some media outlets and controlling the

megaphone.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 07:54 PM

16. Why must we think about what to do about a traitor?

I have been mind boggled for the lack of creativity on taking him down!

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:10 PM

18. When they do the so called news networks ignore them

 

but they give trumpsters 24/7 coverage.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:20 PM

19. Excellent idea

It is incumbent upon Democrats to counter trump’s blustering and to show an alternate path— to show how Democratic and Progressive policies will be helpful to average Americans. A weekly press conference would provide that opportunity.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 08:31 PM

20. No, Democrats are NOT having trouble getting the message out about how bad Trump is.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:02 PM

23. Good Question...

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:26 PM

26. Democrats don't spew the crazy so no ratings, hence, no coverage.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:27 PM

27. When Democrats held power, there was a plethora of Republicans on TV attacking Democrats

Now that Republicans are firmly in charge, all you see is a plethora of Republicans on TV attacking Democrats

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #27)

Mon May 21, 2018, 09:53 AM

44. This is simply not true

I watch CNN from 5-7 most nights. Democrats are on all the time, Republicans rarely. It's a huge turnaround from previous years.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 09:28 PM

28. We should have designated Avenattis.

Every week one of our people should do what Avenatti does: go on every news show that will have him and expound about the selected trump idiocy of the week.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:02 PM

30. Yes!

They need to be out front and vocal. As far as most people know, the Dems are enabling trumps just like the repubs are.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:10 PM

32. We're losing perspective here. Even a bad president (like GWB)

would be sitting on 60% approval ratings with this economy. Trump struggles to hit 40%.

The Dems could do a better job getting their message out there, sure. That was true even before Trump. Don't take this to mean that Dickhead is winning the message wars. He is simply too awful to do that.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 10:27 PM

35. They're weak on messaging

If they were better organized with their message like Republicans are. They would never be in the minority

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2018, 11:57 PM

36. The democrats should not necessarily continue talking about trump screwups

 

The media is covering how bad trump is pretty good.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2018, 05:06 AM

40. It would be such a simple thing to do, too.

Democrats could simply quote sites such as What The Fuck Just Happened Today? or The Weekly List or Presterity.

We all know that Republicans would be raising absolute hell were a Democratic president to do even a fraction of what Trump has done.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2018, 06:45 AM

41. I would agree, his tweets should be challenged...

....and answered. He gets free propaganda, almost all of it fake or false.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #41)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:41 PM

46. The more a lie is repeated, the more credible it becomes.

 

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/dont-believe-lies-just-people-repeat/

And retweeting a tweet - even to rebut it, bumps it higher in algorhthm.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2018, 07:46 AM

42. Yes

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2018, 12:27 PM

45. Why are you posting these suggestions here? Wouldn't writing the reps be more effective?

 

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But I can tell you what I do see coming from the leadership.

Gather together Democratic lawmakers.
- that's happening. It's called "being in session," and "The Democratic Caucus"

Hold a weekly or twice-weekly press event.
They send out more frequent press releases, with are more effective at responding to events quickly. https://www.democrats.senate.gov/newsroom

Provide a summary of Trump's lies and the damage he has done since the last briefing.
Newspapers are doing that, and they have more time and resources to devote to following DT's every word than our reps and staff do right now: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/politics/donald-trump-3000/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/nyt-lists-every-lie-trump-has-told-as-president-976365123815
https://www.esquire.com/uk/latest-news/a20111768/donald-trump-has-managed-to-tell-3001-lies-as-president-here-are-five-of-his-best/
https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/19/17027906/trump-russia-social-media-indictment-lies


Bring on large groups who are affected by Trump's actions, example people who have lost healthcare or dreamers and their families. Trash his Tweets.
"Bring on large groups" to a biweekly press conference? How do you manage that - financially, logistically? You need to vet people before bringing them to a press conference, so you know they aren't trolls. Again, media and advocacy orgs bring these stories to a much larger audience more efficiently and in long form journalism - and in a way that separates it from partisan politics - which is exactly what a press conference hosted by Democrats will be dismissed as.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-04-03/what-it-s-like-living-without-health-insurance-in-america

https://www.dreamerstories.com/

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-daca-dreamer-story-20170909-story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/02/AR2010080203882.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-dreamer-traveled-to-mexico-now-he-cant-get-home-to-his-husband/2018/04/09/3445c736-3c35-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html?utm_term=.84901d10da9d


Throw down challenges to Trump - questions about his lies that he will be unable to answer.
They are throwing down challenges to DT daily. What you want is public statements. DT will answer them with more lies - and give more ammunition to his followers that DT is being persecuted by partisan politics. NON PARTISAN sources of fact checking are much more credible to the public. If you repeat lies - even in fact checking - they gain MORE traction, because repetition makes the mind believe that it came from more than one source. Democrats are coming out with facts about the harm that his policies are doing.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/22/trump-nominees-democrats-block-314775

And I believe these count as a challenges:

https://www.axios.com/schumer-pelosi-say-trump-agreed-to-replace-daca-without-wall-1513305491-a9965fa0-2c67-4710-8ea1-a9d581cfb11d.html

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/nancy-pelosi-rips-trumps-hateful-transgender-troop-ban

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck-schumer-trumps-foreign-policy-by-tweet-doing-serious-damage-to-us

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/377156-schumer-trump-must-back-down-from-sweeping-tariffs

About repeating lies:
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/dont-believe-lies-just-people-repeat/

Maintain continuous themes with examples - for example - Trump is corrupt. He's a liar. He is damaging America. He is callous.
Again, if you want Democratic leaders to call DT names, it is "partisan politics" If non-partisan sources and orgs say this, it's much more credible.

But yes, Democrats call out his policies as harmful:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/09/politics/democrats-health-care-fight-2018/index.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/370816-democrats-pan-trumps-immigration-framework

http://www.newsweek.com/trumps-travel-ban-helps-isis-stage-attacks-us-democrats-say-715512


However, if you want examples of calling him out, Maxine Waters, John Lewis are notable examples:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/03/11/maxine_waters_trump_is_typical_con_man_who_diverts_attention_from_himself_by_attacking_others.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-shithole-countries-latest-john-lewis-says-president-is-racist-a8159241.html

Lay out the Democratic alternative.
Again - you want public statements? "Alternatives" to what? His policies? If there is nothing that can be done about them at this time, then that would simply be spitting into the wind. At best. If a social justice issue is identified with Democratic Leadership, then it's much easier to say that it's simply partisan, and DT is a master at using "persecution by Democrats" as a distraction: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/01/government-shutdown-democrats-daca-immigration-policy-could-harm-them/

And yes, Democrats do provide alternatives: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-travel-ban-bill-block-muslim-countries-restrictions-democrats-law-latest-a8061346.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/353977-house-rejects-democratic-budget-alternatives

https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-eye-to-midterms-democrats-offer-alternative-tax-infrastructure-plan-1520445576

Make the events controversial, big productions to attract maximum media exposure.
Not good. It's usually obvious when someone is creating controversy to attract attention. You lose credibility.

Try to get the media to talk about things that need to be talked about - too much is overlooked, and most people are unaware of how bad Trump is.
See below for examples of media talking about how much he lies, and how harmful his policies are. Most people don't approve of Trump. Op-eds are far more convicing than "controversial events to attract media attention."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/537921/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/25/trumps-travel-ban-might-be-legal-but-its-bad-policy/

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/13/577808792/president-trumps-idea-of-good-and-bad-immigrant-countries-has-a-historical-prece

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/08/trumps-new-tariff-exemptions-are-a-bad-idea-according-to-his-own-trade-adviser-four-days-ago/?


Everyone is frustrated. Taking yours out on "Democrats" is not only off target, it's destructive.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #45)

Mon May 21, 2018, 01:06 PM

54. Wow, what a well-deserved response!

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