We look to our political leaders for guidance and hope in times of trouble. We ask them to represent us in the U.S. government, and to fight for what is right, and good. We expect them to speak up when an injustice demands a response. And so Tom McClintock’s silence right now is deafening.
Six days ago, a white police officer in a city with a long history of police abuse and misconduct knelt on the neck of a black man for nearly nine minutes, killing him as he begged for his life. This officer, we have learned, has had 18 prior complaints filed against him, and has been involved in multiple uses of force. His file contains only two reprimands, yet his disdain for human life was evident for all to see. He heard the cries of a man who was accused of nothing more than using a fraudulent $20 bill, heard him proclaim “I can’t breathe” and call out for his mother, watched him pass out, and still kneeled on his neck. For more than two minutes after George Floyd lost consciousness — and even after one officer checked and couldn’t find a pulse — that police officer kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck, while two other officers kneeled on other parts of him.
Across the country, people of good conscience have cried out in protest and pain at what can only be described as murder. And Tom McClintock has been silent. We haven’t found one word of protest — one expression of disgust or shared humanity — at the murder of George Floyd. Tom McClintock is quick to speak up on behalf of the police — as he should be, when they do good — but we don’t recall a single time he has spoken up in opposition to even this kind of obvious police misconduct. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said in Strength to Love (1963), “[t]he ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” We see the measure of Tom McClintock. In times of challenge and controversy, he diverts and deflects. He doesn’t stand up for what is right, and good. He serves his political interests, and nothing more.
California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.
Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time. To learn more about the alternative, visit https://brynneforcongress.com/.
Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”