A bevy of progressive groups including The Nation and MoveOn issued a joint statement on Monday blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, whom they accused of supporting the GOP tax bill that gave “hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest,” and called on Democrats to deliver on progressive promises and run on President Trump’s impeachment.
“The failure of and to recognize and acknowledge that this tax law that has been responsible for the elimination of more than one million jobs and $1.5 trillion in lost revenues to the government is a corrupting influence on American democracy has resulted in the congressional abdication of its constitutional duty,” the statement reads. “We urge Congress to vote for and pass strong progressive legislation, including single-payer health care, banning weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making college debt-free to put more money in working families’ pockets.”
The statement comes as Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her presidential campaign today, becoming the first senator to throw her hat into the 2020 presidential race. The Massachusetts Democrat joins senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) among the bunch and will be joined by high-profile party stalwarts like Joe Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, a governor who did not secure a Senate seat, is also in the race, joined by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro are also considering their campaigns.
The lengthy statement starts:
What happens after we all learn to read and we learn how to spell fascism? And then what happens to us? Well if you’re a Democratic candidate for president of the United States and you agree with our party leaders, you are a fool who, along with your party leaders, support President Trump’s impeachment!