New National Partners Include Center for Popular Democracy, Color of Change PAC, Common Cause, Demos Action, PFAW, SEIU, and Working Families Party
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Indivisible and Stand Up America are announcing that more than 80 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations have joined Protect the Results, a coalition building a system to mobilize millions of Americans should Donald Trump contest the election results, refuse to concede after losing, or claim victory before all the votes are counted.
The new partners join Indivisible and Stand Up America in educating the public about the threat Trump poses to the peaceful transition of power and preparing to mobilize millions of their members to take action. The new partners (denoted by *) join a broad coalition of the largest grassroots networks in the country, progressive and conservative advocacy organizations, good government groups, and labor unions that includes:
“Black communities are all too familiar with Trump’s abuses of power, which have included various voter suppression and intimidation tactics over the years. However, a decision to not accept the results of this election would be dire, further devastating our communities, extending the tenure of the most destructive administration in modern history and completely dismembering what remains of our democracy,” said Arisha Michelle Hatch, Executive Director of Color Of Change PAC. “Our resistance is key in protecting the outcome of this election. That is why Color Of Change PAC is proud to join forces with Protect the Results, to defend the future of this nation. We will mobilize to safeguard Black people from the chaos and pain that will inevitably ensue should Trump choose to disregard reality in November.”
“Working people’s voice is their power, and making sure their votes are counted and respected is core to our democracy,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are elected it will be because people looked at the last four years of divisiveness, including unconscionable attempts to divide us based on race, and soundly rejected that rhetoric. Their message must be respected.”
“With tens of millions of Americans casting their ballot by mail this year, it will take time to ensure that every vote in every state is counted. But, instead of pledging to protect the sanctity of our electoral process in the midst of a pandemic, President Trump is ratcheting up signals that he may not willingly cede power and is increasingly threatening to suppress and intimidate voters, especially in Black and brown communities. This can’t go unchecked,” said K. Sabeel Rahman, President of Demos Action. “If Trump continues to apply tactics aimed at intimidating voters and disrupting our election, we will need massive grassroots resistance to protect our democracy. In the face of a consequential and crucial general election it will take all of us to ensure that our democracy isn’t hijacked.”
“If there’s one thing the Republican convention taught us, it’s that Donald Trump is prepared to do and say anything if he thinks it will prevent him from losing the election,” said Ben Jealous, President of People For the American Way. “We know that voter suppression and disinformation campaigns are already under way and that Black communities are among their top targets. So we are going to fight to protect the integrity of this election and we’ll keep on fighting until every vote is counted, even if it means we don’t have a clear winner on November 3. We will not let Donald Trump subvert the will of the American people this fall.”
“The only guardrail keeping Trump from driving our democracy over the cliff into an ocean of fascism is we the people on Election Day,” said Nelini Stamp, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Working Families Party. “The Working Families Party is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with allies to protect our right to vote. If Trump wants to ignore the will of the people and fight over election results, it’s a fight he’ll get.”
Last month, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the 2020 election during an interview on FOX News. Just last week, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany doubled down, saying that “the president has always said he’ll see what happens and make a determination in the aftermath.” These comments follow a deeply troubling pattern of Trump undermining the election, from making false claims that mail-in voting leads to rampant voter fraud to disturbing comments about staying in office past 2024.
Emily Phelps, Indivisible
Ryan Thomas, Stand Up America