Defending Democracy

 
 

Americans disagree about many things. But we should agree that it’s wrong for our president to praise white supremacists while denigrating the patriotic citizens demonstrating against them; to insult judges, civil servants, gold star parents, and the brave men and women of our intelligence and law enforcement communities; or to fire an FBI director for trying to maintain the independence of his institution.

All of us, whether we’re Democrats, Republicans or Independents, should defend our Constitution, freedom of speech and of the press, the integrity of our democracy, and the idea that America is one country, where we respect every person no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or country of origin.

As a member of Congress, I will fight to protect the democratic institutions that keep us free and hold our leaders accountable, and defend the women and men who serve America as members of the armed forces, diplomats, and civil servants.  I will support the independence of the Justice Department and the FBI against partisan attacks, and insist that no one in America is above the law.

I will oppose policies and statements meant to divide Americans based on who we are, where we come from, or whom we love, whether President Trump’s current travel and refugee ban, or his effort to kick transgender Americans out of the military. I will continue to support LGBTQ rights by fighting to extend federal anti-discrimination laws to cover gender identity and sexual orientation.

I will encourage our law enforcement agencies to pay proper attention to all extremists who use violence in America, including white supremacist militias, and our leaders to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia at home and abroad

I will oppose voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering. Our government should do everything possible to make it easier for Americans to exercise their right to vote.

I will champion legislation in the Congress to safeguard our democracy from malign foreign interference, including by better securing voting machines and registration records, combating malicious online propaganda, and preventing dark money from abroad from corrupting our politics.