Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving

Activist groups are sending mobile billboard trucks to follow a handful of House Republicans home for Thanksgiving with a message: “Defend democracy.” 

Progressive groups MoveOn and Need to Impeach commissioned the billboard trucks to visit eight districts across seven states from Monday through Wednesday. The eight targeted Republicans include either retiring members, members who have split from President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE in the past, or vulnerable members in more moderate districts. 

“The billboards, which comes as Congress concludes its second week of public hearings on impeachment, demand that these members of Congress stop covering for Donald Trump’s abuses of power, in which he pressured a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election to advance his own political interests, undermined state and local elections, interfered with national security, and got caught trying to cover it all up,” the groups said in a joint announcement. 


A truck targeting Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Cuomo reverses on in-person Thanksgiving plans with family Women of both parties must seize the momentum MORE (R-N.Y.), who emerged as a staunch Trump defender during the public impeachment hearings, kicked off its tour of the upstate New York district Monday in Glenn Falls.

An image shared with The Hill by the groups shows a truck with Stefanik and Trump’s faces, side by side. It reads “Donald Trump Committed bribery. ... Tell Rep. Stefanik: Defend democracy. Impeach Trump.” The group also launched an ad calling on Stefanik to “honor her oath and defend our Constitution.” 

The other trucks are the same, swapping out the member's name and image next to Trump’s with the shared message. 

Other targeted Republicans are Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDivided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  Fitzpatrick wins reelection in Pennsylvania MORE (Pa.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHundreds of Trump supporters protest election results in Pennsylvania The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots Freedom Caucus member Scott Perry wins fifth term in Pennsylvania MORE (Pa.), Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare MORE (Nev.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyTime to concede: The peaceful transition of power is an American tradition House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election MORE (Fla.), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities MORE (Texas) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe Hill's Morning Report - Too close to call Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE (Texas). 


Stefanik, first elected in 2014, represents a district Trump carried by 13.7 points. She was praised by Trump and Republican leaders for her performance during the impeachment hearings, but since then her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb boasted bringing in more than $1 million in campaign donations. 

Hurd has announced he will not be seeking reelection. His vacated seat in Texas and Perry’s seat in Pennsylvania represent two districts that The Cook Political Report ranks as a “toss up” in 2020. Fitzpatrick and Roy’s races are ranked “lean Republican.” 

Rooney has also announced he is not seeking reelection. 

Amodei was reported to be the first Republican to back impeachment in September, but he later clarified and said he supports the oversight process but that did not mean he backed impeachment.