Like us, you’re probably still reeling from what happened last Tuesday. And you’re probably wondering how we — as women, as Democrats, and as people who care deeply about others — can rise against the wave of racist, radical policy proposals that will be coming at us during the next four years.
Over the last week Trump has doubled down on building his hateful wall along our southern border and letting Wall Street run the show in Washington. But if we’re smart and strategic, we can build a wall around him. Specifically, a blue wall of 10 Democratic women Senators whose seats we need to defend in 2018.
Our 2018 Blue Wall of Democratic women incumbents can stop Trump’s radical agenda, but only if they keep their seats in two years. Make a monthly donation of $50 (or $5 for each candidate) or more to help them prepare.
We’re sure you’ve heard some of the talk about another kind of ‘blue wall’ — Democrats who didn’t show up to vote this year, costing us critical battleground states that we needed to win the Senate and the Presidency.
This is discouraging, but it proves our point: To be effective, our 2018 Blue Wall needs to be strong. And we still have a strong blue wall of Democratic women Senators, including:
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), a seasoned warrior for the middle class and protector of health care reform;
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), who, along with Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), are giving sexual assault survivors an important public voice;
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), who holds the ranking position on the Judiciary Committee and is our bulwark against Trump’s radical Supreme Court nominees;
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), the first openly gay Senator in history and co-founder of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus;
- Sens. Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), who serve on committees dedicated to protecting our environment and natural resources; both Cantwell and Stabenow are ranking members;
- and Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), who is the first Asian-American woman to serve in the Senate.
Notice anything about this list? Many of these women are leaders — on their committees, in the Democratic caucus, and on the issues that matter most to us as Democratic women. And Sen. Patty Murray, who won re-election this year, is now the third-ranking Democrat in the caucus.
Holding the Senate in 2018 — and, possibly, flipping it — allows the women on our 2018 Blue Wall slate to retain these leadership positions, where they’ll be in an even better position to take on Trump and his disastrous plan for our country.
So don’t wait until 2017 or 2018 to support them. Do it now. Chip in $50 a month to help them keep their seats.
The WomenCount Team