Republicans: Run for President, Save Your Party!

Republicans: Run for President, Save Your Party!

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Seth Williams started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

Republican lawmakers: We the People of the United States need YOU to run for President in 2020.

We are Republican voters, Democratic voters, and Independent voters. The perceived division between us is just that: a perception. Donald Trump, the media, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have capitalized on that perception and made it feel more real than ever; but in truth, our nation is made up of a wide spectrum of political beliefs and values. Donald Trump represents an extreme along that spectrum, and we suspect that most Republican voters do not align with his beliefs on many critical issues, including the treatment of people of color, immigrants, and women; climate change; the freedom of speech and press; and even his own shortcomings as an effective leader. We also believe that many of you do not share the President's beliefs and values on some issues. So why is he the only conservative option for the next four years of leadership?

If given more options, a great number of Americans will not simply vote for "the lesser of two evils" but rather for those who speak their values, those they trust, and those who have the courage to break from party lines when their nation needs them to. That is why we are asking more of you to run for President in 2020 and represent the Americans who do not currently feel represented by their options. We need a more diverse field, politically, socially, economically, and racially.

We believe greatly in the power of our democracy to elect leaders who represent what We the People stand for. We believe that Donald Trump not only fails to represent the People of the United States, but that he is also a danger to our democracy and to our society. We have seen enough of his divisive and destructive rhetoric, his hateful attitude toward the diversity that makes our nation thrive, and his obstruction of the American justice system. He is a threat to us. He is also a threat to the future of the Republican party. Your party.

We understand the fear that running against Trump for President in 2020 could amount to career suicide. But ask yourself: if he wins again, will your party survive? We the People, your constituents, believe it is losing its integrity and its soul under Donald Trump. Simply listen to the words that come out of the President's mouth, and ask yourself if they represent Republican values. Could any other Republican President in the history of our nation have gotten away with saying some of the things he has said? Observe the ways in which the President chooses to spend taxpayers' dollars on his weekend golf and resort trips, and ask yourself if that is truly fiscally conservative. Further, ask yourself where another 4 years under Trump will get your nation: we will truly become as divided as he would have us be.

We also believe that it is not too late. We the People call on you to act courageously and patriotically: save the integrity of your party, save our democracy, and save what makes our nation truly great: its respect for diversity in all its forms and its freedom to hold its leaders accountable for their words and actions. Join the 2020 Presidential race. Whether you challenge Donald Trump as a Republican candidate or run as a third-party candidate, you will have the trust and support of your constituents. Give Republican and independent voters a better choice. Give us a truly democratic election.

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