To the editor:
November 2020 afforded my granddaughters their first opportunity to participate as voters in a Presidential election and use their voices to help shape our democracy. They researched candidates, policy, and proposals, completed their ballots, and returned them early.
They were excited to discuss how elections work and follow the returns. Then, our 1st district Congressman, Jack Bergman, stepped in to undermine their votes and the election result. What do I say to explain to my granddaughters that their own Congressman conspired with others to throw out the votes of every Michigander?
Bergman made two concerted efforts to block the voices of Michigan voters. He joined a federal lawsuit with the Texas Attorney General to nullify Michigan’s election results. Then, on the evening of the deadly assault on our Capitol, he joined 146 other Republicans attempting to block the certification of electoral results knowing full well that over 60 courts had already rejected Trump’s Big Lie and false claims of election fraud.
Congressman Bergman’s actions are a betrayal of his oath of office to defend the Constitution and of every Michigan voter.
We must send a harsh message to Bergman and others who purposely undermine our democracy that we refuse to tolerate their undemocratic, Un-American activities.
Contact Congressman Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org, and demand he denounce the Big Lie and apologize for his participation in spreading misinformation and undermining our election. Visit defundbergman.com for a list of his contributors, then contact them and request that they end financial support to his campaign. Let them know, too, that you will not support businesses that contribute.
It’s up to each of us to become the hero that defends our democracy for future generations.