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NDLB Responds to President Trumps Attack in Iran



Background

Today, President Donald Trump ordered a US drone strike on a Baghdad airport, killing the Iranian commander Qassim Soleimani. President Trump took this action without consulting or gaining approval from Congress. In response, Iranian leaders have promised retaliation on the United States.


Not a Monarchy

Qassim Soleimani was a terrorist that had the blood hundreds of Americans, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Syrians, and innocent Yemeni civilians on his hands, and the world is a better place without him. Having said that, the United States is not a monarchy, and the President cannot unilaterally wage war without first consulting Congress. President Trump violated the Constitution of the United States of America yet again by not seeking approval from Congress before waging an attack on Iran. The Gang of 8 was not in on the intelligence, and this is not how our Democracy works. What separates the United States from Iran is our Democracy: are three equal branches of government are meant to keep one another in check.


At this time, No Dem Left Behind calls upon President Trump to immediately read in the Gang of 8 on yesterday’s mission and consult with them on contingency strategy for when Iran inevitably retaliates against the United States or our allies in the region. The people of the United States stand united and with one loud voice say “we do not want war with Iran.” President Trump did not attack when they illegally seized American ships, shot at our drone, or even militarily attacked our allies in Saudi Arabia. The question has to be asked: why now? Since the start of the Congressional impeachment hearings, President Trump has been acting even more sporadic and unhinged than usual, and using our military as a distraction is something that can never be accepted.


About No Dem Left Behind

No Dem Left Behind is a national grassroots coalition dedicated to getting Democratic candidates in red districts elected. It is composed of nine candidates across the country who are fighting to represent their constituents and get elected.

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