Dear John : Democrats’ Scorched-Earth Strategy and the Trump Tax

Dear John Cornyn,

Your tweets continue to show that you prefer careful consideration to knee-jerk extremism. Thank you!

First, you tweeted — without comment — a link to this Politico article about the Democrats’ scorched-earth strategy. Both sides will interpret this as a dog whistle: Trump supporters will hear “look at those idiot Dems!” and progressives will hear “Cornyn is watching this carefully and withholding judgment for now.”

Whatever your intent, it’s good to at least know you’re paying attention. As the Majority Whip, you’re going to be in for a wild ride.

Then there was a series of tweets about Trump’s proposed border tariff, or, as we like to call it, the #TrumpTax, which would have a devastating effect on the Texas economy.

You added a hashtag to this one, which pretty much cements your position.

We’re right there with you! Let’s continue to engage on our shared values: openness, honesty, and prosperity for all Texans.

Indivisible Austin

Dear John: Voter Fraud and The Wall

Dear John Cornyn,

We know you know that Trump is dangerous. According to the New York Times, you tried to prod Trump to change the subject after he used an unhinged anecdote about a golf buddy to justify his lies, and now a possible Executive Order, on voter fraud:

“The anecdote, the aides said, was greeted with silence, and Mr. Trump was prodded to change the subject by Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas.”

Later, on MSNBC, you looked a little stunned and said Trump’s allegations about voter fraud were a “distraction” and a “rabbit trail.”

We agree with you on this!

Later that same night, you retweeted the Texas Tribune’s findings that not a single Texas member of Congress supports the border wall, at least not in full.

Cornyn's retweet of Texas Trib on border wall

Why would you do that, except to send a signal that there is distance between you and Trump?

Let’s explore that distance. We have common ground. You seem like a decent man who wants to legislate. You don’t want a madman for president, and neither do we. Let’s work together to return civility to the political process, disagreeing — often intensely — on policy but not on our core values as Americans.

This is the first in a series.

Indivisible Austin