Progressive activists delivered petitions to Bennet’s Denver office on Wednesday, demanding that he hold a town hall to explain why he helped move President Donald Trump’s conservative court pick move forward. Bennet did not vote to confirm Gorsuch, but he did vote with Republicans to end Democrats’ filibuster of the nomination.
“We are calling on all congressional leaders to call for emergency deliberations on Trump’s illegal escalation in Syria. Anything short of that will show that Democrats are completely out of touch with the base of their party,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at CREDO Action, a left-wing grassroots advocacy organization.
Heidi Hess, the senior campaign manager for Credo Action, added that if the Democratic Party wants to represent a diverse group — including minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — it will refuse to give financial help to Heitkamp, Manchin, Donnelly and “any other turncoat Democratic senator who collaborates with extremist Republicans to put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.”
Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his. “If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.”
Liberal advocacy group CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, also released a damning statement, accusing the Trump administration of “putting corporate interests first with disastrous consequences for the American people.”
“Any Democrat who votes to advance Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will have a permanent stain on their record,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO Action, which bills itself as a network of progressive activists.
“Senate Democrats are the only firewall we have left now against the Trump court,” added Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action’s political director. He warned that any Democrat who supports the Gorsuch nomination “will permanently damage his or her political career.”
“Any Democrat who votes to advance Gorsuch will have a permanent stain on their record,” Murshed Zaheed, vice president for CREDO Mobile, said on a conference call with reporters. Zaheed compared a vote for Gorsuch to Hillary Clinton’s vote authorizing the war in Iraq when she was a senator.
I’d rather have 44 or 45 awesome Democrats who are lockstep together than 44 or 45 really awesome Democrats and three to four weak-kneed individuals who are going to dilute the party,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s political director.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, representatives of progressive groups converge in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Once they’re all through the metal detector, they put together boxes for the 225,000-odd signatures they’ve gathered from activists who want Manchin booted from Senate Democratic leadership. They include leaders of CREDO, WeWillReplaceYou.org, 350 Action and Democracy for America.