COUNTDOWN: 4 Days, Mr. Trump Comes To Town and Here's Why I'm Worried
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
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Also, does this gif remind you of anything?? Like I told you yesterday, I want to focus on what brings us together, instead of what pulls us apart. But I did get a few emails yesterday, from folks who thought I wasn’t clear about whose side I’m on. So let me be clear: I am on your side. I am running for Congress as a Democrat. I am not a fan of former president Trump, or any of his cronies. I don’t like the way they push to further divide us. I don’t like the way that the only progress they seem to care about is in their own careers and bank accounts. I don’t like that when words fail them (as they often do), these guys turn to violence. THAT is why I'm worried about when Mr. Trump comes to town. I am all for respectful disagreement, and making your voice heard. I believe all Americans can and should be involved in the conversations that will shape our future. And I know that peaceful political protest is an integral thread of our American tapestry-- there’s a reason that our founding fathers made our FIRST amendment our right to free speech, and to PEACEABLY assemble.
Like I said yesterday, when people sit down and have a civil discussion, I truly believe that they will agree 90% of the time. But ONLY if they can have a PEACEFUL discussion. There is a strain of irrational violence that runs through Trump’s world that I think is dangerous for America. And it’s not just his fans or rally attendees-- the former president himself is an advocate for violence when he’s unable to rationally respond to peaceful protest. Remember this? https://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/donald-trump-punch-protester-219655#ixzz435S4XOZD Long story short, when there was a lone peaceful protester in a sea of his supporters, Trump still felt so threatened that he told thousands of his fans that in the good old days, a protester like that would be carried out of the rally on a stretcher. In fact, he said that he would like to punch the guy in the face himself! How's that for presidential? How's that for a man who wants to call himself a unifier? That was a few years ago, but we all know that he hasn’t stopped trying to incite violence. In fact, I strongly believe that Donald Trump is directly responsible for the violence on our nation’s Capitol building on January 6th, 2021. Violence that shook a nation’s faith in the core of our democracy. Violence that defaced one of our most sacred buildings. Violence that claimed the lives of 5 American citizens, including a Capitol police officer who got beaten to death while he was just trying to do his job. Here’s what the New York Times reported about the injuries that police officers sustained during the attack: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/us/politics/capitol-riot-police-officer-injuries.html
This is what Donald Trump and his followers did to our nation's Capitol.
I find this behavior despicable and heartbreaking. So, yes: I worry about what will happen when Mr. Trump comes to town, here, or anywhere. But I also believe that the mindless violence he and his cronies incite and encourage does not represent the America that I believe in, and love so much. And I know for a fact that not every Republican or even every Trump supporter is irrationally violent. I know that there are Republicans out there who don’t like the direction that their party is going. I know that there are independent thinkers who have been let down before. I’m here to say that I'm more than willing to listen to anyone, as long as they communicate peaceably and respectfully. That’s why the third pillar of my campaign is to be a peacemaker. I know that with rational, fact-based discussion, empathy, and understanding, we can come together and make real progress toward a #futureproof Ohio, and a better American culture. And it’s my belief and practice that having conversations is the best way to unite, and come together. It’s not optional. We need to have these conversations. The fate of our country hangs in the balance. That’s why, this week, instead of getting frantic and trying to scream louder than the former president of the United States, I’m highlighting local causes and businesses, so people in Ohio (and across the country) can positively contribute to our local well-being while we cope with an incoming Trump rally, and everything that comes along with it. SPOTLIGHT ON: ✨🔆💡 The LGBT Community Center, Cleveland 💡🔆 ✨
The LGBT Community Center, Cleveland, is an amazing organization that has been supporting our community in various forms since 1975, and I was lucky enough to be able to speak with Eliana J. Turan, the Development Director of the organization. She's a true fount of knowledge, and while I pride myself on learning how to communicate with everyone respectfully, what she taught me about microagressions instantly and permanently changed the way I approach my own speech for the better. Speaking with Eliana was an incredible opportunity to learn more about an underserved and underrepresented community, and to learn more about how everyday people can help. If you're interested in the rich, tragic, and triumphant history of LGBTQ rights in Ohio and around our country, and would like to learn how to be a better ally, I strongly recommend listening to the podcast and visiting their website. In the time it takes you to walk a couple of miles, you can relax, listen, and think about walking a couple of miles in someone else's shoes. Podcast link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0xHJGmwXSuMoMQh66pPtRC LGBTQ Community Center website: https://lgbtcleveland.org/ SPOTLIGHT ON: ✨🔆💡 Dr. Lisa Fox, The Divergent DVM 💡🔆 ✨
Dr. Lisa Fox is a local Ohioan and a third-generation veterinarian, who does things a little differently. She worked in her family business after completing all of her schooling, combining her close ties with family with her deep and abiding interest in animal health. I just loved our conversation-- we talked about how people name racehorses, different animal-centered cultures in our country, and about how holistic medicine modalities are backed by science and data. I learned a lot from her, and I think you'll find this to be another example of an amazing Ohioan who blazes her own unique path. I just find it so fun and fascinating to learn more about people doing their own thing, and I think you'll appreciate it too. Give it a listen! Podcast link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4iTM6lGhRJKbC8I2iZw2et The Divergent DVM website: https://the-divergent-dvm-llc.business.site/ Please, reach out to these amazing organizations to see how you can help. It feels good to do good, and I believe it’s an unequivocal good to support amazing Ohioans doing amazing things. That’s what I want to do in congress. It’s why I’m running, and it’s why I’m continually reaching out. If you want to have a conversation with me, I hope you’ll reach out, too. Reply to this email, like my page on Facebook, take a look at my website, and follow me on Twitter . I’m active and available and eager to talk with you.
I know it can feel overwhelming to know we’re up against some of the most powerful people in the country, but remember what happened in the story of David and Goliath. We are David, and if we support each other, I know we will come out ahead. If you like the idea of a unified, #futureproof Ohio, please show your support by donating to my campaign. Thanks for reading, Matthew Diemer P.S—I feel lucky to have the honor of sharing the stories of proud, local Ohioans, and I truly hope you’ll consider supporting their causes and businesses. However, I want to do more than signal boost: I want to effect real, systemic change that creates a welcoming and healthy environment for entrepreneurial growth and stable manufacturing in Northeast Ohio. I want everyone to feel included and empowered. It’s the work I’ve already begun, and it will grow exponentially once I’m able to effect results from Congress. That’s what I plan on doing, but I can’t do it without your help. Please, consider joining our grassroots campaign against political Goliaths. Click here to make a one-time donation of $5, $30, $100. Or, even better, think about becoming a sustaining monthly member of our campaign. For $10 a month (the cost of a burger), you would be voting with your dollars to say that you support a local candidate who will give his all for local people. Thank you for reading. Talk soon.