Trump wants to go to war – and Congress is set to give him a blank check to let him. Unless we stop them.
Senators Bob Corker and Tim Kaine have proposed a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, and it’s dangerous. The new AUMF gives Trump even broader military powers than even past presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had when they were in office.
This places Trump’s itchy trigger-finger on the cusp of launching the U.S. into a state of permanent war. Or, I mean, longer, more costly, and a more aggressive permanent state of war than we’re already entrenched in.
Our members of Congress needs to hear from all of us right now, loud and clear: Resist Trump’s call for war. Tell Congress to vote NO on the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
Only Congress has the power to declare war. But under this new AUMF, the limit of what Trump can and can’t do without congressional approval flies directly in the face of the Constitution.
If this passes, Trump gets to re-define the “who” and “where” of war: who he gets to direct military troop against, and where on the planet he can send them – and all of that without needing a vote in Congress.
Tell Congress to vote NO on the new AUMF.
Trump is already hard at work assembling his War Cabinet. He chose Bush-era warmonger John Bolton as National Security Advisor, and wants to install Mike “All muslims are terrorists” Pompeo as Secretary of State and “Bloody Gina” Haspel as CIA Director.
Trump isn’t subtle – he wants massive, destructive, earth-scorching war. And he wants Congress to give him the latitude to do it. But that’s where you come in: the Constitution is clear that only Congress can declare war, and at the end of the day, they’re beholden to you and me.
We have to Congress to give Trump a hard no on sending our friends, families, and neighbors into longer, more costly, planet-destroying war.
Sign the petition: Tell Congress to vote NO on the 2018 AUMF.