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Letter to Editor

FreedomWorks in the Washington Post: Elite Dismissiveness of the Grassroots Led to Trump

Originally Published in The Washington Post on 1/14/20.

Last week, 115 FreedomWorks activists from across the country took time out of their busy lives to travel to Washington and let their voices be heard on the issue of President Trump’s impeachment. In his Jan. 9 Impeachment Diary column, “The Republican clown car runs out of gas” [Thursday Opinion], Dana Milbank was quick to get personal and dismissive.

Mr. Milbank’s intentional misinterpretation of what grass-roots activists do is emblematic of the disregard the Washington elite have for the power of the grass roots. The elite’s miscalculation led to Mr. Trump’s election in 2016, and if people such as Mr. Milbank continue to underestimate the grass roots, it will lead to Mr. Trump’s reelection this November. As our top activist, Carol Davis, stated, “Government goes to those who show up.” Ms. Davis drove 12 hours from Wheaton, Ill., to stand in the cold. Ms. Davis most certainly showed up.

**Adam Brandon, Washington ** The writer is president of FreedomWorks.