On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Americans woke up to news that Republicans were going to gut the House Ethics Committee. The first thing I did was post the news to several groups, with a short ask for people to call their member of Congress.
I called Republican Steve Chabot’s office here in Cincinnati and actually reached someone. I told Steve’s aide I was calling to urge him to vote against gutting the Ethics Committee and commented that it seemed like a funny way to #draintheswamp. She was quick to tell me that Steve had opposed the committee vote and would vote against it.
The attempt at gutting the committee ended up going down like the Hindenburg.
More importantly though, it made something clear: The people who voted for Trump believed him when he said he was gonna fight for the little guy.
Here’s why this matters—and how to use Trump against Trump and the GOP Congress.