GOP senator says Republicans might affirm Trump’s nominee even when he loses

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Organizers with NextGen America will ship a message to Sen. Chuck Grassley by pigeon mail, they informed CNN Monday.

NextGen has employed a provider pigeon service referred to as “PigeonGram” to ship the message, which can urge Grassley to delay a vote on a Supreme Court docket nominee.

The Iowa Republican has but to touch upon whether or not or not he believes a vote on a nominee ought to occur this 12 months following the demise of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg final week.

The plans from NextGen, the progressive youth voter engagement group based by businessman Tom Steyer, come after Grassley tweeted a couple of useless pigeon Friday.  

Grassley, who is thought to run his personal Twitter account, discovered a useless pigeon on his garden and tweeted, “If u misplaced ur pet pidgin /it’s useless in entrance yard my Iowa farm JUST DISCOVERED right here r identifiers Proper leg Blue 2020/3089/AU2020/SHE ///LEFT LEG GREEN BAND NO PRINTED INFO. Sorry for unhealthy information.”


“We noticed that there was lots of consideration across the pigeon, and we needed to attract extra consideration to the difficulty that we’ve been speaking to younger folks about, which is honoring RBG’s dying want,” Murphy Burke, an organizer with NextGen in Iowa, informed CNN. 

NextGen plans to have the message delivered to Grassley on the US Capitol after President Trump broadcasts his Supreme Court docket decide later this week. 

The US Postal Service will assist with a lot of the supply.

Burke famous that whereas the message will probably be in-part delivered by pigeon, the act is generally symbolic. The message Grassley receives will are available in an envelope from PigeonGram, indicating that it was carried partially by a homing pigeon.

“A pigeon can’t actually ship mail at the moment,” Burke informed CNN. “However we like the truth that the envelope will say the message was carried by a homing pigeon.”

Along with its plans to contact Grassley by pigeon mail, NextGen is urging younger folks throughout the nation to ship messages to their senators to refuse to carry a vote on a Supreme Court docket nominee till after the November election. 

Following Ginsburg’s demise, NextGen launched new Senate adverts in Maine, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona Saturday highlighting the significance of electing Democrats to the Senate, which might permit them to reclaim the bulk. 

NextGen’s efforts come as a variety of youth led teams work to persuade senators to carry off on a Supreme Court docket nomination vote.

Dawn Motion, the youth-led local weather group, demonstrated outdoors the houses of Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Thom Tillis of North Carolina on Monday.

The group plans to focus on different Republican senators — Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — in addition to potential Supreme Court docket nominee Barbara Lagoa of Florida later this week.

“We solely want 4 Republicans to do the fitting factor and stick with the McConnell precedent,” Aracely Jimenez, deputy communications director for Dawn, stated in a press release Monday. “We should do every part in our energy to carry susceptible Republicans and likewise Senate Democrats accountable with a purpose to stop an appointment to the bench earlier than Biden is sworn in.” 

Within the coming days, March For Our Lives, the gun violence prevention group, plans to show outdoors the places of work of Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, David Perdue of Georgia, Mitt Romney of Utah and Martha McSally of Arizona. 

March For Our Lives can also be encouraging individuals to get entangled nearly by emailing senators utilizing a pre-filled kind, textual content banking, and faxing senator letters, asking them to carry off on a vote.


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