One thing was made abundantly clear from today’s impeachment vote and last night’s State of the Union address: Our democracy is at stake.
For almost four years, our democracy has been beholden to a president who has been engulfed in one scandal after another—from allegedly asking a foreign nation to sabotage our election, to telling four Congresswomen to go back to where they came from. The president’s actions stoke the flames of anti-unity, anti-immigration, and anti-equality.
Time after time, President Trump has shown that he believes he is above the law.
The Senate’s decision today to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress comes as a disappointment, but not a surprise. Because of the elected officials that condone his behavior through their silence, protecting our democracy has now become our responsibility.
His failure to confront the plight of all communities (the poor, LGBTQIA, women and immigrants) is without question one of the gravest threats to this country’s promise of “liberty and justice for all.” The lip service he provided the American people last night only serves to keep distinct communities suppressed and constrained, both politically and socially.
As we enter a critical election season, we ask for your continued support as we keep fighting against this president’s attempts to impede our civil rights, dispel the growing threat of environmental issues, and divide our country along racial lines. The culmination of our efforts will bolster the progression of our democracy and change the trajectory of this nation for the better.
@DerrrickNAACP President and CEO NAACP