Trump’s Big Lie

How could Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election damage our democracy?

A similar lie propelled the Nazis to power and helped end Democracy in Germany.

 

Los Angeles – May 9, 2021 – Trump’s falsehood that the election was stolen is uncannily similar to the lie that helped propel the Nazis to power, ending Democracy in Germany. Following the first World War Germany’s military and diplomatic establishments spread the lie that Germany had actually won the war militarily, but had been betrayed by the liberals, socialists and Jews, who had surrendered needlessly to the Allies.

Millions of Germans believed this, and the rage and nationalism they felt would help fuel the rise of the Nazi Party. A Washington Post article provides a detailed history of the lie told to Germans following the Armistice and compares it to Trump’s lie today.  

While not one of those who spread the lie initially, Hitler would later add his voice to the growing chorus claiming victory had been stolen from Germany. This inflamed the German public and fueled Hitler’s rise. 

The dark lesson Trump or his advisors may have learned from history is that by spreading the lie that the election was stolen from him, he could infuriate his base and drive the Republican party to the Right. With his incendiary rhetoric, nationalism, ability to fundraise, and his influence on future primaries, Trump remains a significant force in our national politics.

The lie Trump is still promoting, that he won by a landslide and that there was massive fraud, has outraged millions of Republican voters and driven them further Right. The same lie has helped radicalize many, even to the point of invading the Capitol.

But over 140,000 registered Republicans have left the party since the Capitol was stormed. They are looking for a new home, and if Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney and the other Republican Senators were to form a new Party, it would be a centrist force to counteract the extremism now emerging on the Right.

What happened in Germany following WWI is relevant to this moment in our own history. It’s time to remember, lest history repeat itself. Republican leaders like Liz Cheney have it within their power to stop Trump from further damaging our Democracy.

Is Trump’s lie about election fraud inspired by a lie that helped Nazis rise to power?

February 15, 2021 – Los Angeles – Is Trump descending deeper into the madness of conspiracy theory, or is he pursuing a calculated strategy inspired by a lie that helped the Nazis rise to power? His continued insistence that there was massive election fraud is similar to the lie told to the German people following WWI: Germany’s military and diplomatic establishments spread the falsehood that Germany had actually won the war militarily, but had been betrayed by the liberals, communists, socialists and Jews, who had surrendered needlessly to the Allies.

 

 

Millions of Germans believed this, and the rage and nationalism they felt would fuel the rise of the Nazi Party. Later, Hitler became another of the voices insisting that victory had been stolen from Germany, and his eventual rise would mean the end of democracy in that nation.

 

 

The dark lesson Trump may have learned from history is that by spreading the lie that victory was stolen from him and other Republican candidates, he could infuriate millions of followers and successfully goad them not merely to invade the Capitol, but to split the Republican party in two or even three factions. Even now he may well be planning to form a new, far Right party, and with his incendiary rhetoric, nationalism and ability to fundraise, it may become a significant movement in our national politics. Add a depression to the scenario and Trump’s rise is all but assured.

 

 

So the lie Trump is now promoting, that he won by a landslide and that there was massive fraud because of rigged voting machines, has indeed outraged millions of Republican voters and driven them further Right. But over 140,000 registered Republicans have left the party since the Capitol was stormed on January 6th. They are looking for a new home, and if Mitt Romney and the other Republican Senators who voted for Trump’s impeachment on February 13th were to form a new Party, it would be a centrist force to counteract the extremism now emerging on the Far Right.

 

 

What happened in Germany following WWI is relevant to this moment in our own history. It’s time to remember, lest history repeat itself, and to stop Trump from further damaging our Democracy.

 

 

NOTE: While I have offered a Big Picture view of where Trump could be headed, this Washington Post article provides a detailed history of the lie told to Germans following the Armistice, and compares it to Trump’s claim that the election was stolen.

 


— Patrick Reynolds
www.CongressMajority.org
Congress Majority

 

Link to Washington Post article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/11/23/trumps-refusal-acknowledge-defeat-mirrors-lie-that-fueled-nazi-rise/

 

 

ABOUT CONGRESS MAJORITY

 

 

CM PAC is a SuperPAC with a highly innovative approach. Most PACs support individual candidates by name and attack their opponents in local or statewide races. But our powerful spots mention no candidate by name, and our tag line is simply, “Vote Democrat.”

 

Our ads praise Democrats’ actions as a group on the big issues and attack Republicans on the same issues. We believe the public is tired of the same old candidate-centered ads they are bombarded with every election.

 

In states with close Senate races, Congress Majority will run our ads statewide. We’ll also run ads locally to help Democrats in tight House races, but we mention no candidate by name. Our ads can be run in every state.

 

Our business plan calls for hiring or partnering with a top Democratic strategist, bringing on board a seasoned fundraiser, and retaining a top Democratic strategist like 270 Strategies in Washington DC to test our scripts with focus groups before we film them. We’ll use a strong political ad agency to produce our spots, and our strategist will oversee our media buy.

 

Some of our proposed ads for the election of 2022 will be based on our original, never-broadcast spots, designed to undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed. We will test these ads on focus groups of center Republicans to prove our concept, and may reshoot them. 

 

We’ll also test a new ad campaign for the coming mid-term election. “Maybe you’re not a Republican after all” takes a fresh approach, intercutting short, contrasting sound bites from interviews with center Democrat and Republican voters.

 

In two ads, we’ll see short clips showing their answers to this question:

 

Should the government help those who are struggling? Feelings about this simple question are perhaps the most fundamental driver of which party voters identify with. This ad will position Republicans about caring mostly for themselves and their own interests, and show Democratic voters as caring more about their community, our country and the earth. This ad will change minds; see the tag below.

 

Another ad will ask voters, Do we need the government in our lives? Most Republicans will say no, while Democrats interviewed will give short sound bites about the coordinated Federal response to vaccinating people, the Covid relief bills, Medicare, and Social Security.  One Democratic voter will also say it’s clear we need to regulate Wall Street and the banks to prevent another financial collapse. Issues will be decided by the strategist we work with, but the overall message will be to discredit the Republican idea that we don’t need Big Government, and make them understand its value. 

The tag line at end of each spot: “Maybe you’re not a Republican after all. Join the Democrats, for smarter, better government. Vote Democrat.”  Variations on this will be tested prior to production. Ads will be run in battleground states.

 

Our ads will also explore Blue and Red voters’ contrasting feelings about the environment, wearing masks, gun control, a woman’s right to choose, and regulating Wall Street.

 

Ads will be run only in battleground states, and will be effective at making center Republicans question their fundamental ideological thinking and identification with the Republican party. 

 

To move forward, we need one or more major Democratic donors to provide funding.

 

ABOUT CONGRESS MAJORITY

 

Congress Majority PAC’s mission is to keep Democrats in control of the House and Senate and re-elect Joe Biden as President.

 

Our ads praise Democrats’ actions as a group on the big issues and attack Republicans on the same issues. We believe the public is tired of the same old candidate-centered ads they are bombarded with every election.

 

In states with close Senate races, Congress Majority will run our ads statewide. We’ll also run ads locally to help Democrats in tight House races, but we mention no candidate by name. Our ads can be run in every state.

 

Our business plan calls for hiring or partnering with a top Democratic strategist, bringing on board a seasoned fundraiser, and retaining a top Democratic strategist like 270 Strategies in https://congressmajority.org/2022-campaign/Washington DC to test our scripts with focus groups before we film them. We’ll use a strong political ad agency to produce our spots, and our strategist will oversee our media buy.

 

Congress Majority PAC is now seeking funding and a top Democratic fundraiser and strategist to partner with. 

 

A rising Democratic PAC: Maybe you’re not a Republican after all.

Congress Majority PAC’s mission is to keep Democrats in control of the House and Senate and re-elect Joe Biden as President.

 

CM PAC is a SuperPAC with a highly innovative approach. Most PACs support individual candidates by name and attack their opponents in local or statewide races. But our powerful spots mention no candidate by name, and our tag line is simply, “Vote Democrat.”

 

Our ads praise Democrats’ actions as a group on the big issues and attack Republicans on the same issues. We believe the public is tired of the same old candidate-centered ads they are bombarded with every election.

 

In states with close Senate races, Congress Majority will run our ads statewide. We’ll also run ads locally to help Democrats in tight House races, but we mention no candidate by name. Our ads can be run in every state.

 

Our business plan calls for hiring or partnering with a top Democratic strategist, bringing on board a seasoned fundraiser, and retaining a top Democratic strategist like 270 Strategies in Washington DC to test our scripts with focus groups before we film them. We’ll use a strong political ad agency to produce our spots, and our strategist will oversee our media buy.

 

Some of our proposed ads for the election of 2022 will be based on our original, never-broadcast spots, designed to undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed. We will test these ads on focus groups of center Republicans to prove our concept, and may reshoot them. 

 

We’ll also test a new ad campaign for the coming mid-term election. “Maybe you’re not a Republican after all” takes a fresh approach, intercutting short, contrasting sound bites from interviews with center Democrat and Republican voters.

 

In two ads, we’ll see short clips showing their answers to this question:

 

Should the government help those who are struggling? Feelings about this simple question are perhaps the most fundamental driver of which party voters identify with. This ad will position Republicans about caring mostly for themselves and their own interests, and show Democratic voters as caring more about their community, our country and the earth. This ad will change minds; see the tag below.

 

Another ad will ask voters, Do we need the government in our lives? Most Republicans will say no, while Democrats interviewed will give short sound bites about the coordinated Federal response to vaccinating people, the Covid relief bills, Medicare, and Social Security.  One Democratic voter will also say it’s clear we need to regulate Wall Street and the banks to prevent another financial collapse. Issues will be decided by the strategist we work with, but the overall message will be to discredit the Republican idea that we don’t need Big Government, and make them understand its value. 

The tag line at end of each spot: “Maybe you’re not a Republican after all. Join the Democrats, for smarter, better government. Vote Democrat.”  Variations on this will be tested prior to production. Ads will be run in battleground states.

 

Our ads will also explore Blue and Red voters’ contrasting feelings about the environment, wearing masks, gun control, a woman’s right to choose, and regulating Wall Street.

 

Ads will be run only in battleground states, and will be effective at making center Republicans question their fundamental ideological thinking and identification with the Republican party. 

 

To move forward, we need one or more major Democratic donors to provide funding.

 

ABOUT CONGRESS MAJORITY

 

Congress Majority PAC’s mission is to keep Democrats in control of the House and Senate and re-elect Joe Biden as President.

 

Our ads praise Democrats’ actions as a group on the big issues and attack Republicans on the same issues. We believe the public is tired of the same old candidate-centered ads they are bombarded with every election.

 

In states with close Senate races, Congress Majority will run our ads statewide. We’ll also run ads locally to help Democrats in tight House races, but we mention no candidate by name. Our ads can be run in every state.

 

Our business plan calls for hiring or partnering with a top Democratic strategist, bringing on board a seasoned fundraiser, and retaining a top Democratic strategist like 270 Strategies in https://congressmajority.org/2022-campaign/Washington DC to test our scripts with focus groups before we film them. We’ll use a strong political ad agency to produce our spots, and our strategist will oversee our media buy.

 

Congress Majority PAC is now seeking funding and a top Democratic fundraiser and strategist to partner with. 

 

New TV spot: During the Coronavirus, Democratic voters and leaders put community ahead of self-interest.

May 4, 2020 — Los Angeles — Congress Majority is planning a series of new TV spots highlighting fundamental differences between Democratic and Republican voters, aimed at making conservative voters question their loyalty to Republican positions on helping the needy, the Coronavirus and more.

One tag line being considered for spots in this campaign is, “Are you a Republican [pause] or a Democrat? Our future depends on the choice you make in November.” If funding is secured for the new ad campaign, variations will be tested in focus groups.

One spot around the Covid-19 virus would intercut clips of “man-on-the-street” interviews with Republican and Democratic voters; differences in voter attitudes will be highlighted. Clips will position those on the Democratic side as being more concerned about others and their community, and those on the Republican side as putting self-interest ahead of other people. TV news clips of Republican and Democratic leaders may also be intercut.

The goal of Congress Majority’s ads is to get swing Republican voters to change sides. This proposed new ad campaign will make them question their identification with Republican policy, and to start seeing it as overly ideological, oversimplistic and not pragmatic; and to see it as irresponsible, selfish and contrary to the good of their community. For more information, visit CongressMajority.org.

Copyright 2020 by Congress Majority PAC

 

Congress Majority PAC ads make strong case for Democrats in 2018 mid-term election and answer ads by Future45 PAC and Donald Trump for President PAC

Los Angeles — November 4, 2018 — There’s still time to make a difference in the election. As contributions come in, Congress Majority will immediately place advertising in social media, right up through the close of polls on election day. After that it’s on to the 2020 election.

Congress Majority PAC’s mission is to bring about and keep a Democratic majority in both Houses of Congress. They have a unique approach: while most PACs support individual candidates and attack their opponents, Congress Majority promotes Democrats as a whole, and attacks Republicans on the big issues. Its potent TV spots effectively undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed.

One new ad campaign planned for 2020 will intercut clips from interviews with Democrat and Republican voters, compare their attitudes on national issues, empowering the poor, and close by inviting Republicans to cross over to the Democratic side. The tag: “Which one are you? Join the Democrats, for smarter, better government. Vote Democrat.”

Additional ad campaigns will be developed by a new strategist who will be hired following the election, when the best strategists will again accept new clients. To build the team further, the PAC will also hire a top Democratic fundraiser and large social media advertising firm like 270 Strategies.

Most political campaigns are candidate-centric, focused on local races, candidates’ personalities and opponents’ flaws. “I believe the public is tired of the same old candidate-centered ads they are bombarded with every election season,” says Patrick Reynolds, the PAC’s founder and treasurer. “It’s time to promote all Democrats, attack Republicans as a group, and answer the ‘Vote Republican’ ads being pushed by Donald Trump’s PACs, including Future 45 PAC and Donald Trump for President PAC. Those PACs had the vision to utilize this concept for their side. I have been urging Democratic PACs to incorporate this concept since 2016, and in frustration I finally decided to start my own SuperPAC.”

Congress Majority PAC’s social media and broadcast ads, so far all written and produced by Mr. Reynolds, make a strong case to swing voters that Democrats provide smarter, more pragmatic government. They point out that Republican policy is based on an oversimplified ideology that’s dangerous to our nation. Most of our ads end with the tag, Vote Democrat, and this time, vote.

For the coming 2020 election, Congress Majority PAC will again focus its ad buys in cities and States with close Congressional races, with a goal of making a critical difference in bringing about or keeping a Democratic majority in both Houses.

“Following the mid-term election, the public is invited to join us as we devote ourselves to the election of 2020. As you watch Congress Majority’s four minute reel of ads, imagine how an undecided voter will react to them,” says Patrick Reynolds. “If you feel they will change hearts and minds, make a generous contribution to Congress Majority PAC, however large or small. You’ll be helping to get these powerful ads viewed by more voters in swing states and races, right up through election day and beyond. The November 6 mid-term is the most important election in generations. Together we can turn Congress blue!”

Contact: Patrick Reynolds
Executive Director, Congress Majority PAC
For press inquiries only: press[at]CongressMajority.org
(310)880-1111

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Congress Majority PAC breaks new ground — It’s a SuperPAC whose TV spots mention no candidate by name, and urge viewers to vote Democrat in the mid-term election

In a Hail Mary pass that may help turn the Senate blue, Congress Majority PAC hopes to run its generic ads in TX, TN and ND, if they can close last-minute support from three major Democratic SuperPACs they are in discussions with. The SuperPAC’s ads aim to persuade swing voters that Democrats – as a group – provide smarter, better government, and effectively undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed.
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Los Angeles — October 18, 2018 — In a ground-breaking departure from traditional candidate-centered political ads, Congress Majority PAC is ignoring the conventional wisdom that all races are local. Their TV spots mention no candidate by name and aim to persuade swing voters that Democrats as a group provide smarter, better government. The SuperPAC has plans to run the same ads in multiple states and races.

Chuck Todd’s opening words on NBC’s Meet the Press on October 14 were, “Tip O’Neill famously said all politics is local. He was right then. Boy, is he wrong now. In the age of Trump, all politics is national.”

Some of Congress Majority’s spots undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed. Others point out that although there are more Democrats than Republicans, Republicans have been winning elections because more of them vote. They conclude by urging viewers to “Vote Democrat — and this time, vote.”

Congress Majority was founded by a scion of one of America’s wealthiest families, Patrick Reynolds, a grandson of tobacco company founder RJ Reynolds and a longtime anti-smoking advocate. He says,

“Over the years I watched most Republicans in Congress refuse to tax or regulate tobacco. Under Obama, Democrats did both, and I came to see that Democrats did not adhere to a rigid ideology. Their approach was more pragmatic and targeted, and they offered superior policies on a wide array of issues. I used that argument in our ads.

“I believe that if we can get Democrats in the majority, it would be one-stop shopping for better policy on health care, education, climate change, the economy — the list goes on. That’s why my life’s mission changed to helping to bring about a Democratic majority in Congress.”

Most PACs are backed by powerful special interests with a vested interest in the outcome of a political campaign. “Not this PAC,” says Reynolds. “So far, our funding has come from donors who have nothing to gain from their contributions except better government. They want to see our ads reach a wider audience, and help turn Congress blue again. Unlike the backers of many conservative PACs, our contributors are more interested in doing what’s right for America and less interested in personal gain. That may become a wider trend in the country, and we hope to play a role in inspiring it.”

Reynolds adds, “Our first ads will stand out; people will realize right away these spots are something unusual. We support the ads by other Democratic PACs, and we feel ours are a healthy addition to the mix. Adding our ads to the ones already running in Texas, Tennessee and North Dakota would be a Hail Mary pass that might just turn the Senate blue against the odds. We proposed this to the big Democratic PACs, including For Our Future, Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, and are awaiting their response. I’m sure they’ll agree our spots would complement and augment the ones they are running.”

Congress Majority will run its ads in cities and states with close Congressional races. After the election, the SuperPAC will set its sights on the 2020 Presidential election, with its focus remaining on Congress. The PAC has already scripted new spots for 2020.

Watch all six of the PAC’s unique TV spots at www.CongressMajority.org. Broadcast resolution files are available for download from the site.

Contact: Patrick Reynolds
Executive Director, Congress Majority PAC
For press inquiries only: press[at]CongressMajority.org
(310)880-1111

A new kind of SuperPAC

Los Angeles – October 11, 2018 – Congress Majority PAC, a SuperPAC launching today, is ignoring the conventional wisdom that all races are local. In a departure from conventional candidate-centered ads, their TV spots get behind all Democrats, mention no candidate by name, and aim to persuade swing voters that Democrats — as a group — provide smarter, better government.

Some of the spots undermine Republican ideology as oversimplified and flawed. Others point out that although there are more Democrats than Republicans, Republicans have been winning elections because more of them vote. They conclude urging viewers to “Vote Democrat — and this time, vote.”

Congress Majority was founded by a scion of one of America’s wealthiest families, Patrick Reynolds, a longtime anti-tobacco advocate. He says, “Over the years I watched most Republicans in Congress refuse to tax or regulate tobacco. Then under Obama, Democrats did both. I came to see that Democrats did not adhere to a rigid ideology, and offered superior policies on a wide array of issues. Their approach was more targeted and pragmatic, and I used that argument in our ads.

“If we can get Democrats in the majority, it would be one-stop shopping for better policy on health care, education, climate change, the economy — the list goes on. So my life’s mission has now changed to helping to bring about a Democratic majority in Congress.”

Most PACs are backed by powerful special interests with a vested interest in the outcome of a political campaign. “Not this PAC,” says Reynolds, who wrote and produced the spots. “So far, our funding has come entirely from people who want to do the right thing. They have nothing to gain from their contributions except better government. Most of our funding will come from people making small donations who want to see our ads reach a wider audience, in hopes of turning Congress blue again.”

Political strategists will likely fault Congress Majority’s first ads for showing too much ‘talking head’, and for being too great a departure from slicker, conventional political ads featuring location shoots and multiple camera angles. Reynolds responds:

“That’s exactly why our ads will stand out from the pack. People will realize right away these spots are something unusual, so they will get people’s attention. I fully support the ads by other Democratic PACs, but ours are a healthy addition to the mix. They are fresh and different, and will impact voters.”

Congress Majority will focus its ad buys in cities and states with close Congressional races. After the election, the SuperPAC will set its sights on the Presidential election of 2020, with its focus remaining on Congress.

Watch all six of the PAC’s unique TV spots at www.CongressMajority.org. Broadcast resolution files are available for download from the site.

Contact: Patrick Reynolds
Executive Director, Congress Majority PAC

For press inquiries only: [email protected]
(310)880-1111