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Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign

Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign
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A progressive group that says it wants to expose misconduct by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE and his Cabinet is taking on the president through his favorite form of communication: Twitter.

The Shadow Cabinet, a group of 21 scholars, activists and former officials, announced Tuesday morning that it’s launching “We the Constitution." 

The campaign asks citizens to sign an online copy of the Constitution. Doing so sends an automated message to Trump on Twitter and Facebook telling him to stop violating the law.

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“We demand that you now respect the ethic of ‘with justice for all’ for individual rights and stop regularly violating laws & norms because, in America, Mr. President, no one is above the law,” the message reads.

Mark Green, founder of the group's parent organization, ShadowingTrump.org, said the effort is more than a petition.

“Trump’s contempt for law is unprecedented and undeniable,” he said. “With Congress and the GOP enabling him rather than holding him accountable, we decided to organize a citizen group to shame him on social media and be in place should he pull the trigger and create a Constitutional crisis.”

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In a statement, Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard who serves as the citizen attorney general in the Shadow Cabinet, said Trump’s conduct in office raises profound questions about the survival of a democracy in which all are constrained by the rule of law.

“This president defies legal rules, standards, principles, and norms — including how he even looks away when our system of government is under attack by a hostile foreign power — to an alarming degree,” he said.

“But most alarming of all is his utter disregard for truth, his betrayal of the public trust, and his disdain for the Constitution that binds us as a nation.”

The Shadow Cabinet is partnering with 30 other leading constitutional scholars, lawyers and organizations, including Indivisible, People for the American Way and Public Citizen, in launching We the Constitution.

With the Shadow Cabinet’s expansive Twitter following — 74,900 and counting — and those of its members, Green is hoping the online Constitution goes viral.

“This is not a destination but the beginning,” he said. “The Shadow Cabinet it looking forward to producing an agency-by-agency transition volume in 2020 for the next president-elect as I did at the request of Gov. Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonJimmy and Rosalynn Carter encourage people to take COVID-19 vaccine Harris taps women of color for key senior staff positions Obama, Bush and Clinton say they'll get vaccine publicly to prove safety MORE in 1992 and Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE in 2008.”