Words Matter

Can You Believe?

Can you believe that Trump read off his TelePrompTer after two of several bombs were aimed at former presidents! No rally cancellation either. No mention of any names. All of the targets were ridiculed by Trump over and over, including CNN. Trump has weaponized politics with names attached. We must check him!

Can you believe Trump calling Jamal Khashoggi’s murder a “very bad original concept” – as if it were a pilot for a reality TV series? 

Can you believe Trump promising a middle-class tax cut this year? House and Senate Republicans sure don’t believe it: They’re in recess until after the election, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said action in the lame duck session is “highly unlikely.”

Swing and Miss – the week’s worst move

Miss of the Week: The Trump administration’s plan to redefine gender based on the genitalia each person was born with. Just plain old pandering to the religious right on the eve of the midterms – but with disastrous consequences for transgender Americans, who just want to be at home in their own bodies and live free from discrimination. 

Hot House Race of the Week

With all the tight House races in GOP-held districts, CA-21 has been under the radar. Do-nothing Congressman David Valadao was resting on his laurels, and challenger T.J. Cox had run a low-key campaign. But Valadao has failed to deliver for his constituents in this economically stressed district, and they’re responding to Cox’s positive message of job creation, healthcare, and community development. This race is definitely heating up. Read about T.J. Cox here and help him Flip the 21st

Fight Back

On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I help you get ready for the midterm elections. Then Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and I discuss the problems we still face with Brett Kavanaugh and climate change, and Nicole talks to Lindsay Berger Sacks, founder of “March On,” about the importance of voting.