HOW TO TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT OVER THANKSGIVING/DAY OF MOURNING DINNER
You’re bracing for impeachment discussions over the holiday. But the volume of revelations and the expanding cast of characters are daunting. Here are four essential facts to remember:
(1) Trump attempted to extort Ukraine, not for policy purposes but for personal political gain.
(2) Government officials including cabinet members, White House chief of staff, the EU ambassador knew what he wanted and helped.
(3) Russia, not Ukraine, interfered in the 2016 election. Russia is trying to pin it on Ukraine.
(4) This is far worse than Watergate. Trump jeopardized the US security and a country that is fighting one of our greatest enemies.
These facts were corroborated by non-partisan career professionals from the State Department and National Security Council.
But facts often don’t settle arguments. So here are three strategies for leaning into a dispute:
- Slow down. Take a breath or two before replying. Encourage everyone to slow down, too.
- Be curious. Ask open-ended questions. Try to understand the other’s point of view.
- Find common ground. 70% of Americans believe that what Trump did was wrong but only 51% support impeachment – for now.
Conversations can move that needle. Good luck.
Key moments in Fiona Hill and David Holmes testimony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBEPVcqUd3c
Chairman Schiff’s summary as of Friday11/22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ssrr2OsQ0.
Pompeo’s role surfaces: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/us/politics/pompeo-sondland-trump-impeachment.html
Senators knew of Russian effort to pin election interference on Ukraine:
Poll shows 70% disapprove of Trump’s actions: