A few weeks ago I wrote about how surprised I was that some GOP Reps. were facing such staunch anti-Trump fervor when they were just reelected by large margins.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) was reelected with 63% of the vote in his district, but you never would have guessed it if you would have been at a recent town hall where police had to escort him from the premises.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was reelected with 60% of the vote in his district, but at a recent town hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan you would have thought that no one in his community had voted for him.
In Florida, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) won his district with 69% of the vote. 69%! And yet, when he held a town hall in New Port Richey, Florida you would have thought that the man would soon be looking for other work. The venue was filled with liberal Democrats screaming and complaining about the GOP majority doing things that Republicans elected them to do.
All across America, Republican representatives (and Democrats too – but the animosity towards liberal representatives is less surprising given Trump and the GOP’s recent victory) have faced surprisingly raucous crowds. Why would the voters who had just elected these Republicans be upset when the Republicans began pursuing the agenda that they were elected to pursue? Some in the GOP wondered if these were “astroturfed” meetings and if they’d been set up by liberal organizations and were actually facing contrived opposition.
The media quickly decried such thoughts as “conspiracy theories” but recently discovered undercover audio seems to prove some of the GOP consternation correct.
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) defeated an unpopular incumbent, Mary Landrieu (D-LA) by a comfortable margin in 2014. (He won 56% of the final vote.) Yet at a recent town hall he was inundated by attacks from a mostly oppositional crowd, which was odd considering that Cassidy carried this particular Parrish by more than 5% in 2014. If something seems amiss, it’s because it was… and the undercover audio proves that liberals had “astroturfed” the town hall and pushed out the good people of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in an effort to make Cassidy look bad.
Leaked audio from an anti-Trump protest group meeting reveals activists with anti-Trump group Indivisible plotting how to best manufacture a hostile environment at a town hall with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on Friday.
The audio, obtained by local radio station KPEL, reveals a coordinated effort to create the public impression that Cassidy’s support for Trump is unpopular with his constituents. The activists, who describe themselves as liberals in the audio, can be heard strategizing how to best turn a local town hall into a political victory.
The activists split up into an “inside team” — tasked with occupying “as many seats as we can” and an “outside team,” whose job was to “give [the media] the coverage they want” before joining the others inside. Activists were instructed to dress like conservatives and leave at home “any signifier that you’re a liberal” in order to blend in with constituents.
The leftist activists strategized how best to “dominate” the question-and-answer section of the town hall and keep anyone “sympathetic” to Cassidy from asking a question.
The audio also reveals the activists laughing about “the poor people of Breaux Bridge” — local constituents — who might get stuck behind them. Local news coverage of the town hall said that “many attendees were turned away” from the town hall due to “capacity restrictions.”
Here’s the leaked audio:
Folks, when Republicans complain that their town hall meetings are being overrun by outsiders or “astroturfed” by big money liberal lobbyists and the media scoffs… remember this story. The mainstream media is covering for liberals as they seek to undermine our Democratic-Republic. They defend the thugs who riot in the streets of our major cities, and then they turn a blind eye when the Democrat activists overrun our town hall meetings and pervert our democratic system. If the media seems indifferent to the Democrat malfeasance, it’s because the truth is that the media has partnered with liberals in committing these crimes against our political system… and they don’t want you to know about it.
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