Truth Wins Out Supports the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

Statement by Executive Director Wayne Besen
October 7, 2019

Truth Wins Out unequivocally supports the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. We have a president who clearly thinks he is above the law. A president who has broken the law. A president who believes he is the law. A president who treats subpoenas as suggestions.

Even presidents must be held accountable for their high crimes and misdemeanors. If not, the president is a monarch. And under no circumstances would we ever accept King Donald I. Sir, it’s time for you to get on the helicopter and wave goodbye to the American people. By doing so, you will have finally performed a public service.

Each morning we arise with a pit in our stomach. We read the news and wonder, “what the hell happened to our country?”

The disastrous daily headlines. The attacks on our once venerable, but now vulnerable institutions. The crumbling norms. The desecration of human rights and American values. The loss of respect and standing on the world stage – where our president has bowed down and kissed every ring and every ass of every dictator he has ever met.

The chaos and corruption and all around destruction of everything that good Americans hold dear.

The Trump presidency has traumatized this nation and destabilized the world. Supporting impeachment is not an act of partisanship. It’s an act of patriotism. It time Republicans stop the tribalism and rejoin the team – Team America.

People may ask: Why as an LGBT organization would you weigh in on impeachment?

That is an easy answer: The two most important documents in the LGBT movement are the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The Declaration lays down the principle that all men are created equal. The Constitution, and it’s Bill of Rights, ensures free speech, a free press, and freedom of assembly. These are the cornerstones of the great advances our movement has made in recent times.

Our country has not always lived up to our creed. But to quote the great Martin Luther King Jr.: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”. As LGBT people we have seen this extraordinary march towards a more perfect union.

Unfortunately, under Donald Trump, the universe isn’t moral and the arc is bending backwards and headed towards the bottom.

Trump has attacked the media as the enemy of the people. Without a free press, where would the LGBT movement be today?

Trump has hinted at Civil War and menacingly said that he is supported by the military, bikers and the police. How would LGBT people fare under a regime of bigots firing bullets?

The president has defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists as some “very fine people.”

Trump has put his personal business above the nation’s business.

Trump has debased and degraded the Justice Department, turning the Attorney General William Barr into his personal attack dog. It’s quickly turning into the Department of Inquisition.

This administration has also assaulted judicial independence, packing the court with extreme judges who are out of touch with the American people. This threatens to delegitimize the courts. A branch of government, by the way, that has been a pillar in the advancement of LGBT equality.

Without strong institutions, guided by the U.S. Constitution, there is no functioning LGBT movement. Our progress will be an ephemeral sandcastle washed away by a wave of white supremacy, theocracy and autocracy.

Without the rule of law we have no protections. Our lives and our loves, our families and our future – are in jeopardy – insecurely waiting on the whim of an autocrat and the mood swing of a madman. This is un-American and unacceptable.

For this reason, Truth Wins Out stands with the United States Constitution and supports the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.

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