Stop the Speaker Strategy Memo
May 23, 2017

Last week, we launched the first phase of our campaign to demand Speaker Paul Ryan begin impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives. Your response, as always, was overwhelming, and your donations allowed us to run our ‘Impeach Trump’ billboard in Janesville, Wisconsin for nearly two weeks.

We wanted to take a few moments to explain a bit more about why we are focusing on impeachment and how we believe we can play a unique role in this process.

First and foremost, our decision to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment was not an easy one, and it is not something we take lightly. We are citizens first, and we believe Donald Trump has committed real crimes and impeachable offenses. He has admitted to obstructing the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s connections to Russia. This is not fake news, this is a fact, and we believe this is serious enough for the House of Representatives to look into.

Some pundits and politicians have stated that it is not good politics to start talking about impeachment already; that focusing on impeachment will hurt the Democrats and help Donald Trump. While we disagree with this take, we fundamentally believe that these impeachment proceedings should not be about politics. We have called on Paul Ryan to put country ahead of party countless times, and we believe impeaching Donald Trump is the right thing to do, regardless of the political consequences for Democrats or Republicans.

Why are we focusing on impeachment? Because the impeachment process must begin in the House of Representatives, and we have been exclusively focused on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Our message will always focus on Paul Ryan, specifically about how he must put the country first and do the right thing. We believe that voters want checks and balances, but so far Paul Ryan has refused to do anything but carry Donald Trump’s water. We will continue to put pressure on Paul Ryan to do his job and represent the people – not continue to be Donald Trump’s lackey.

We also pledge to you to not forget about the important bread and butter issues that affect our day-to-day lives. Paul Ryan is hell-bent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing Medicaid, and forever dismantling Social Security and Medicare as we know them. These issues will remain our top priority, but we cannot only pursue these issues while our democracy is so fundamentally at risk. That is why we are also calling for the House of Representatives to begin impeachment hearings right away.

Over the course of the next few days and weeks, we will roll out our next action steps to continue to keep the public pressure on Paul Ryan. Thank you for all you have done to help us hold Paul Ryan accountable for his actions.

Stop the Speaker Team