Day 79: 8/7/19

Content warning: There will be more talk of the weekend’s events in this post.

As the candidates resume their campaigns, their debate dreams are top priority. Candidates who haven’t qualified for September yet are pushing for donations and polls. Beto O’Rourke, Joe Biden, and Julian Castro all reacted to the President’s attacks on them, and Kamala Harris is taking a five-day bus tour across Iowa.

The numbers are creeping up.

Cory Booker and Julian Castro both sent 3 emails on Wednesday, followed by Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, and Elizabeth Warren with 2 each.

No new policy proposals today.

Julian Castro started the day with a demand that Mitch McConnell does something about the common sense gun reform bills on his desk, but he fairly quickly fell back into his old fear-inspiring ways of declaring:

— CNN said Julián WON the debate
— Washington Post said Julián WON the debate
— Critical Iowa focus group voters said Julián WON the debate
But there’s just one massive problem: 
Unless we help Julián reach the last remaining poll he needs to qualify for the next round — NPR warns this debate could have been his last.

Team Julian

The subject of his email was “NPR, CNN, WaPo just declared:”

NPR has been “just declaring” this for two weeks now.

Just the other day, President Obama tweeted a statement that included:

We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear…

Barack Obama

Sure, fear that Castro might not qualify for the September debate is nowhere near the false fear that immigrants are invading our country and stealing our jobs, but I am ready to be done quibbling about degrees of wrongdoing.

It is not right for your leader to deliberately make you afraid. Not of immigrants, not of losing a chance to debate, heck, not even of climate change. Your leader should build you up. Help you see a better future. Encourage you to work hard to overcome the obstacles coming down the road. Yes, climate change is terrifying. The world is growing hotter, catching on fire more and raising our sea levels with melting ice. Storms are becoming stronger. But think of the opportunity. Think of the chances we have to make huge gains in renewable resources, employment from retrofitting old buildings to make them more efficient, innovations to make life easier and more affordable!

I’m tired of being scared. I’m tired of being angry. Fear and anger are easy ways to unite a group of people, to circle the wagons in us vs. them. But it’s not right. It’s not Presidential.

After all, when was the last time you heard the President of the United States described as “an easy job”?

It certainly seems easy enough for Trump, who lashed out at Beto O’Rourke, Joe Biden, and Julian Castro via Twitter. All three responded with emails.

We woke up this morning to find out that Donald Trump was up late tweeting cheap shots at Beto from his iPhone. He told Beto to “be quiet.”

Mr. President, 22 people are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racist words and deeds.

El Paso will not be quiet.

Beto will not be quiet.

This campaign will not be quiet.

We’ll call it as we see it, especially on a day like today.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Beto for America

I have to say, I love how spicy O’Rourke has gotten. It’s not the most presidential mannerisms, but it’s much needed in these times.

We’re speechless:

Donald Trump just attacked us on Twitter — while he was en route to El Paso to visit this weekend’s shooting victims.

Tweets like this are beneath the office of the Presidency. This is a reminder of why we cannot afford four more years of this President.

Team Joe

Joe Biden’s team has decided Trump’s tweets attacking Biden mean that he’s rattled and afraid he’s going to lose.

And Julian Castro?

The President just attempted to insult me.
He attacked my family for standing up to his racism, corruption, and ego. 
According to Donald Trump I’m “not much” of a man.
I don’t care what Donald Trump thinks of me. I know exactly who I am. 
Unlike him — I wasn’t born into an ounce of privilege.
Unlike him — I was raised by a single mom in a poor neighborhood and succeeded. 
Unlike him — I worked hard for everything I ever earned. 
Unlike him — I’m fighting for you, not against you.
And unlike him — when I’m President, I’ll make you proud.
I’m asking for a massive response — 20,000 gifts strong in the next 24 hours — to prove that we will never — NEVER — be silenced in the face of his hatred. 
I’m counting on you to rush $15:

Julian Castro

Castro wants money and a chance to push his sob story again. (For the record, Trump actually was attacking his twin brother, Joaquin, and calling him lesser than Julian, but then saying Julian himself wasn’t much to begin with.)

Here comes the donation requests…

Elizabeth Warren is still looking for donors to put on her wall, alongside campaign posters, her Medium articles, and pictures of her dog, Bailey.

What’s missing: Gun Control

Bernie Sanders is still upset that he’s being outraised by other candidates. He used plural more than once, despite only having one Democratic candidate outraise him last quarter (Pete Buttigieg). Is he counting Trump too?

Kirsten Gillibrand is closing in on her debate goals of 130,000 donors. She’s past 100,000 now!

Jay Inslee is above 110,000 donors and very excited. August is a slow month for politics, he warned. (Joe Biden told me July was the worst).

Tom Steyer reiterated the rules for getting into the debate, pointing out that in some polls, he is now above Pete Buttigieg and within 2 points of Kamala Harris, so he just needs our $1’s to get on the stage.

Cory Booker has set a mid-month fundraising goal and would appreciate my help getting there.

And Steve Bullock reminded us of what we already know: the 2020 election really matters.

Look — this election is the most important election of our lifetime.

You probably hear that a lot, but it’s true. Everything we value as Americans is at stake.

That’s why I’m running for President. I believe America needs a leader who will actually listen to people and fight to solve the problems we face in the here and now.

Steve Bullock
Shout-outs to the under-100 club! You haven’t been driving me crazy with your volume!

Content Warning: The following section will specifically deal with the gun violence over the weekend.

As suspected, the emails about the weekend tragedy are tapering off, but a couple candidates had some good speeches they transcribed into emails. This will probably be the last day I copy/paste the emails in their entirety about this subject, at least.

Out of all of these emails, the last one by Tim Ryan actually inspired me to make a personal donation. I may be fed up with him as a Presidential candidate, but I appreciate how much he’s been trying to help his constituents.


Wednesday, August 7, 11:34 AM ET

Subject: I’m heartbroken. I’m furious.

I’m heartbroken. I’m furious. And I’m asking for your immediate signature. Americans shouldn’t die while common sense gun legislation sits on Mitch McConnell’s desk. Sign your name next to mine and demand he act NOW by cutting the Senate’s vacation short. Senators must return to Washington to pass this urgent legislation. >>

I’m sick to my stomach. 

A gunman opened fire on my community this weekend. 

I realized that my family’s lives could be put in danger while we go back-to-school shopping. 

I’m heartbroken that this weekend — in El Paso, and in Dayton, and in Chicago — this was the reality for so many families. 

And I’m heartbroken that, in too many communities, this is the reality every day. 

But I’m also pissed off. 

Because while Donald Trump fans the flames of hate and division… 

While white nationalism festers like a toxic brew across this country… 

While Americans are dying from preventable gun violence… 

Common sense gun reform that could have stopped it is sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. 

I’m calling for a massive surge of support — 50,000 signatures before midnight — to demand McConnell cut the Senate’s vacation short and pass this critical gun violence legislation immediately. Can I count on your signature? >> 

We are fighting both a serious gun violence epidemic, as well as a rise of white nationalism. 

Thoughts and prayers are the only solutions Republicans have to offer. 

But I’m completely out of thoughts and prayers. 

It’s now up to us to rise up and address both of these crises with the urgency this moment demands. 

Will you sign your name next to mine and help me reach 50,000 signatures strong before midnight? Let’s show the power of action behind our thoughts and prayers >> 

Thank you, 



Wednesday, August 7, 11:44 AM ET

Subject: To love our country in this moment means we must step outside our comfort zones and confront ourselves. We need to ask hard questions and genuinely seek answers.

Moments ago, in the wake of a weekend in which we witnessed violent acts of terror in America, I spoke at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC about gun violence and the rising tide of hatred and white nationalism in America.

You can watch what I had to say here:

I was there today because of love. The kind of love I learned about in church growing up. The kind of courageous love of people who could love those who hated them, despised them, and cursed them.

A heroic love that pushed people to march knowing they could be beaten, to board buses knowing they could be bombed.

A love fueled by multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalitions that share a commitment to a common cause and to our common destiny. A radical love that rejects the sinister and dangerous delusion of otherness — a delusion that divides, that weakens, that pits American against American to our own collective peril.

It requires us to admit when we are wrong, to be vulnerable about our mistakes and our contradictions, and to be willing to question what we sometimes hold sacred. This is a lesson I have learned over and over again in my own life.

And to love our country in this moment means we must step outside our comfort zones and confront ourselves. We need to ask hard questions and genuinely seek answers.

And that means we need to acknowledge that the very founding of our country was an act of profound contradiction.

Bigotry was written into our founding documents. Native Americans were referred to as “savages” and Black people as fractions of human beings. White supremacy has always been a problem in our American story — if not always at the surface, then lurking not so far beneath it.

We have seen it from slavemasters who stole and pillaged Black bodies for profit to demagogues who stoked racist and anti-immigrant hatred for votes, then enshrined their bigotry into laws.

And, yes, racist violence has always been part of the American story — never more so than in times of transition and rapid social change.

We have seen it from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement; from the Red Summer 100 years ago to Charlottesville; from the lynching of Latinx people in Porvenir, Texas 101 years ago to the massacre in El Paso, Texas this past Saturday.

To say this is to speak the truth plainly — because without truth there is no reconciliation.

We must acknowledge as a country that as much as white supremacy manifests itself in dangerous and deadly acts of terror, it is perpetuated by what is too often a willful ignorance of its presence in our society.

It manifests itself in a criminal justice system that arrests Blacks at three times the rate of Whites for drug-related crimes despite virtually no difference between Whites and Blacks in the frequency of dealing or using drugs.

In an immigration system that targets Latinx migrants fleeing violence at our southern border, separates families and throws children in cages.

In a health care system that fails Black and Brown Americans, that dismisses the pain of Black women with deadly consequences and where undocumented people are afraid to seek care after a mass shooting.

We must change our laws, but we must also confront our past. People’s very lives are in the balance. And to be frank, the future of the country hangs in the balance.

We have the power to act. And we can act to legislate safety even if we cannot legislate love.

We must act to prevent people who should not have guns from getting them.

We must act to get weapons of war off our streets, out of our grocery stores, our bars, our temples, and our churches by banning assault weapons once and for all.

We must require federal licensing for all guns in America — a policy that we know will save lives.

I went to church today to ask if we have the collective resolve to change the reality we live in, to ask if we have it in us to tell ourselves the honest story. Because we know the truth will set us free.

We know these are not problems that will go away inevitably. This is hard and painful and it will take hard work and sacrifice.

We must stand together and work together and struggle together for a new American freedom in our generation.

Freedom from fear, freedom from violence, freedom from hatred. Freedom to seek. Freedom to achieve. Freedom to dream America anew again.

Once and for all, let us be the land of the free.

There is only one way to get there — and that is together.

And there is only one way to win — with the power, healing, and the salvation we find in love.


Click here to watch the full remarks at Emanuel AME Church.


Wednesday, August 7, 2:35 PM ET

Subject: Congress must end their recess. NOW.


This past Saturday, a racist shooter in El Paso killed 22 people and injured 25 more. On Sunday, a shooting in Dayton killed at least 9 and injured 27 others.

And every day, 100 Americans are killed with a gun.

Fighting gun violence takes real action and effort. We can’t afford to wait a day longer.

In February, the House passed a bipartisan background check bill. This legislation will save lives — and we need Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate immediately.

Sign our petition demanding Congress END their summer recess and immediately pass common sense gun reform →


After every mass shooting, Trump and the Republican Party offer their empty thoughts and prayers.

Because of their deep ties to the NRA, they blame video games and lack of school prayer as reasons for this epidemic.

Except, mass shootings are a distinctly American problem. And while nearly every developed nation has access to video games, only wesee our communities regularly ravished by gun violence.

Enough excuses. Enough lies. We need to address this problem, and we need to do it fast.

If you agree, please sign your name and demand Congress pass common sense gun reform:

United for change,

Team Delaney


Wednesday, August 7, 3:27 PM ET

Subject: Trump’s attacks on Beto

We woke up this morning to find out that Donald Trump was up late tweeting cheap shots at Beto from his iPhone. He told Beto to “be quiet.”

Mr. President, 22 people are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racist words and deeds.

El Paso will not be quiet.

Beto will not be quiet.

This campaign will not be quiet.

We’ll call it as we see it, especially on a day like today.

If you’re with us, please visit our website to find out more about how you can help El Paso.

Find out more »

This president helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible. He should not be coming to El Paso at all. The last thing this town needs is more division. It’s time for healing.

Thank you for being with us during this time.

Jen O’Malley Dillon
Campaign Manager
Beto for America


Wednesday, August 7, 3:28 PM ET

Subject: Trump in Dayton and El Paso

Today, Trump is visiting both Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX in the wake of the mass shootings there. He is being met with protests — not only by politicians and elected officials — but by everyday Americans who are fed up with his rhetoric.

I think Trump’s visits are a mistake and I stand with these protestors who are holding strong for change and demanding that Trump and his GOP colleagues in the Senate take immediate action to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again.

If you’re with us, add your name now to demand Mitch McConnell bring the Senate back into session and take action immediately! »

Trump is incapable of showing the level of emotion that is needed to heal the country. Empty words will not stem the tide of violence ripping through our nation.

Thoughts and prayers aren’t going to help us. We need real change, real solutions, and real ACTION. I want to see our president and my colleagues in Congress DO SOMETHING.

Every American that is ready to say “enough is enough” — I’m with you. I pledge to do everything in my power to move the ball forward on real bipartisan solutions — including background checks, increased penalties for illegal firearm sales, red flag laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and more.

If you’re with me, add your name and join the call for the Senate to do their jobs and take action on this crisis.

Thank you for joining the call for action,


Wednesday, August 7, 7:58 PM ET

Subject: coming together to heal

I’ve done a lot of thinking and reflecting since the events in Dayton and El Paso this weekend. Not just about the tragic loss of life, but about the collective trauma we’ve all been feeling every single time we turn on the news to another mass shooting.

It’s clear that we need to heal, but we can only heal together.

Democrats and Republicans. People of all races, creeds and genders. It’s time to come together to find solutions. Click here to add your name to join the call for unity.

We also cannot forget about self-care in times like these. We have to make sure we take care of ourselves as we continue in this fight. Here are a few of the techniques that I use.

  • Take a break from TV and social media
  • Try Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing/meditation technique
  • Workout (physical activity can increase endorphins and make us feel better)
  • Hang out with friends and loved ones

Please share and check in on friends and family that might be triggered by recent events and the news.

It’s easy to lose sight of one another in our busy world, but now more than ever we need to take the time to come together to heal, find solutions, and take action. Our children, their children, and all future generations are counting on us to fix this now.

So please, click here to add your name and join the call for unity.




Wednesday, August 7, 4:21 PM ET

Subject: We are in a battle for the soul of this nation


When President Trump said after Charlottesville that there were “very fine people on both sides,” he gave license and safe harbor for hate to white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and the KKK. Those words stunned the nation and shocked the world.

I said at the time that we were in a battle for the soul of this nation. I said it again when I announced my campaign for president. And I said it again today. We are in a battle for the soul of this nation. It’s why I’m running for president.

Charlottesville was no isolated incident. Trump announced he was running for president by calling Mexicans “rapists.” Days before the mid-terms, he fomented fears of a caravan heading to the United States — creating hysteria — saying, “look at what is marching up, that is an invasion…an invasion.”

How far is it from Trump’s saying that “is an invasion” to the shooter in El Paso declaring “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”?

Not far at all.

How far is it from the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville — Trump’s “very fine people” — chanting “You will not replace us” — to the shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh saying Jews “were committing genocide to his people”?

Not far at all.

In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.

His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week fooled no one.

He says guns are not the problem in these mass shootings — that the issue is mental health. It’s a dodge. Hatred isn’t a mental health issue.

We have a problem with a rising tide of white supremacy in America.

And what has Trump done? Poured fuel on the fire.

He’s more concerned about losing their votes than beating back their hateful ideology.

But look — I wish I could say this hate began with Donald Trump and will end with him. It didn’t and it won’t. American history isn’t a fairytale.

For 243 years, the battle for the soul of this nation has been a constant push-and-pull between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart.

The same document that promised to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” also allowed for slavery and included the so-called “Three-Fifths Compromise” that discounted the very humanity of black people in America.

The honest truth is both elements are part of the American character. At our best, the American ideal wins out. But it’s never a rout. It’s always a fight. And the battle is never finished.

So it’s up to us. We’re living through a rare moment in this nation’s history, where our president isn’t up to the moment; where our president lacks the moral authority to lead.

We are almost 330 million Americans who have to do what our president can’t. We must stand together. Stand against hate. Stand up for what — at our best — this nation believes. We believe in honesty. Decency. Treating everyone with dignity and respect. Giving everyone a fair shot. Leaving no one behind. Giving hate no safe harbor. Demonizing no one — not the poor, the powerless, the immigrant, the other.

What this president doesn’t understand is that, unlike in nearly every other nation on earth, you can’t define an American by religion or ethnicity or tribe.

America is an idea.

It’s an idea stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator or tyrant.

So look, we cannot — and I will not — let this man be reelected President of the United States. His incompetence, his amorality, his carnage stops with us — right here, right now.

The core values of this nation…our standing in the world…our very democracy…everything that has made America, America is at stake.

Everyone knows who Donald Trump is.

We need to show them who we are. We choose hope over fear. Science over fiction. Unity over division. And yes — truth over lies.

If we stand together, we will win the battle for the soul of this nation.

We are the United States of America. And there isn’t a single thing we can’t do. Thank you. And may God protect our troops.


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