The White House closed its public comment lines, so activists launched a tool to call Trump properties instead

Revolution Messaging's White House Inc is a tool that connects your phone to the main switchboard of a random Trump property somewhere in the world, because "Until Trump steps away from his businesses for real, their property is no different from the Oval Office."

The White House closed its public comments line has been closed for four days now; Trump says that people who want to leave a comment for the President can write a Facebook message instead.

Revolution Messaging -- the digital arm of the Bernie Sanders campaign -- suggests that you use their tool to "tell management that until Trump steps away from his businesses for real, their property is no different from the Oval Office and you want to talk about the issues that matter most," like the assault on women's health; building the stupid wall; repealing Obamacare and leaving 22 million people without insurance; and failing to take action on student debt.

Back in November, Trump said he’d announce his plans for his business on December 15. We’re still waiting. So far, there is no indication that he’d actually be selling his business and divesting his family’s stake. If he sold his business, how would foreign leaders show him that they care by staying in his resorts and greenlighting new projects around the globe? How would you and I show our patriotism by donning our Chinese-made Trump neck ties and shopping Ivanka’s looks from her meetings with foreign leaders – business partners?


White House Inc

Bernie Sanders' digital team offers a way for people to call the White House [Sasha Lekach/Mashable]

(via Naked Capitalism)

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  1. Sadly, that currently describes the entire governmental workforce at the moment.

  2. It is true that those on the lowest rung of the totem pole often have the most crap raining down upon them. But that seems to be true of America in general these days.

    Making a call doesn’t mean that you have to be a jerk to the person on the other end of the line. A polite call will still be noticed; many polite calls will definitely be noticed. Impacting Trump’s businesses (which he hasn't divested) when he is shutting down all means of discourse might be the only way to get his attention.

  3. Think of it as a living DDOS attack.

  4. Having been a phone jockey at a call center, when it was that one angry guy who wasn't happy about his pet thing, it never bubbled up. If it was thousands of people every day expressing serious concerns about the same thing then the message would have bubbled up.

    Until the President fully divests and creates an actual blind trust, his businesses are among his greatest weaknesses. While I don't want to make the random people working for them annoyed, what Trump is doing is far more serious than a few thousand employees being somewhat inconvenienced and I'm fully supportive of the calls if that's a way to send a message to their boss.

  5. Sorry, but this falls under acceptable collateral damage. If you want to protest any company's business model, you are going to inconvenience employees and make it harder for them to do their job. And as more people like Trump are coming into power, it's not like the number of desperate people with shitty jobs is going to decrease- it's only going to get harder to protest people without bumping into low wage workers along the way.

    If this was about shitting on their desks or slashing their tires, you would have more of a point, but this is answering phones. I used to answer phones for a living, and I'm the last person who would blame people for doing this. Just like calling the White House switchboardn the same rules apply: Say your piece, don't insult the staff, and hang up. I'm sure the people working there have had enough rich douchebags shit down their throats that this is a comparative relief.

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