Target: President Donald Trump
Goal: Allow communication between American citizens and the White House by reopening public comment phone line.
The public comment phone line to the White House has been shut down, and callers are greeted with an automated voice instructing them to contact a nonexistent Facebook Messenger account instead, making it extremely difficult for American citizens to make their voices heard. The White House has had a functional public comment line for years, and now more than ever it is a vital part of our democracy and cannot be allowed to remain closed.
Sources indicate that the phone-in line was initially shut down at the tail end of the Obama administration in preparation for the transfer of power, and the Obama administration did have a functional Facebook Messenger application installed. Trump’s administration, however, does not have any such messaging capabilities, which means that the public is effectively cut off from direct communication with our leadership. Sign below to demand that President Trump make it a priority to fix this massive oversight.
Dear President Trump,
A government that listens to the voices of its people is the cornerstone of democracy in America, and communication between the people and the White House cannot be allowed to remain closed. The White House phone-in comment line is still down, and the alternative method of contact that callers are directed to is not functional. This is a breach of our democracy that must be corrected.
The White House phone-in comment line has been staffed by members of the President’s administration for years. Calls were accepted from concerned citizens, allowing them to take direct part in their government. Currently, callers are met with an automated voice instructing them to contact a Facebook Messenger account instead. At the time when the phone line was shut down, the White House had a functioning Messenger account. But under your administration it does not, which effectively cuts American people off from their government. I urge you to respect the people you represent and reopen the White House public comment line immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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