Two days ago, Biden felt confident that he was close to securing enough electoral votes to secure his spot as the 46th President of the United States. He called for unity after a bitter and tense election season. That call for temperature checks and calm didn’t last long, and true to form, NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped a divisive bomb on Twitter.
AOC’s call to action was quickly answered by Michael Simon, co-founder of Arena and former Obama/Biden staffer. Yes, those that worked with and supported President Trump and his administrative policies need to be held personally responsible for their “behavior” over these last four years. Simon’s tweet was closely followed by Pete Buttigieg’s campaign surrogates director Emily Abrams announcing the launch of The Trump Accountability Project.
(Note that at present time both Twitter accounts are locked and that Simon has scrubbed his bio).
When first announced, the website allowed access to a spreadsheet that was in the process of collecting data. The site announced, “This Google Sheet is the BEGINNING of this effort. If you want to help — please do! Email email@example.com. We should welcome in our fellow Americans with whom we differ politically. Tens of millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump, and they are entitled to cast their votes and have them counted and have their opinions heard. We may disagree but wish them well. But the world should never forget those who, when faced with a decision, chose to put their money, their time, and their reputations behind separating children from their families, encouraging racism and anti-Semitism, and negligently causing the unnecessary loss of life and economic devastation from our country’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Once the alert of this blacklist started to trend, access to the spreadsheet was removed. Fortunately, the Internet is forever, and the list has been preserved.
While the premise of this call to action is demonstrably false, the action is alarming. This canceling of an opposition party is something we’ve seen before with Hollywood’s 1947 blacklisting under the Democrat Truman administration. To the extreme, history has shown similar actions (Stalin’s Great Purge), ending in the targeted deaths of political opponents.
The Trump Accountability Project’s spreadsheet is collecting data for Trump campaign staff, administration, appointees (Coney-Barrett tops the list here), donors, law firms, endorsers as well as any who have denounced the 45th President. Let’s be clear, if a conservative group had launched a similar attack against those who had supported, worked for, or were appointed by the Obama administration, it would find itself quickly denounced as a hate group.