Republican town hall events are not the only target of the liberal, ‘underground,’ ‘resistance’ it seems. The House Minority Leader [score]Nancy Pelosi[/score] (D-CA) found herself at the mercy of a liberal group of protesters who are a part of ‘Indivisible.’
It may be hard to believe, but according to these liberal activists, Pelosi is too conservative.
When she brought up Obamacare, she said that for 3 decades she supported a single-payer system, triggering boos and jeers from the crowd. Evidently, they didn’t believe her.
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They want a single-payer system, and they want it now. Maybe they see Pelosi as too much of a political gradualist.
Appearing with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Pelosi was confronted by activists with Indivisible, a group that has been turning out left-wing citizens largely at Republican town hall meetings across the country.
When Pelosi told the group that she has supported a single-payer health scheme for 30 years, shouts and jeers erupted.
“Sorry?” a confused Pelosi said looking out into the crowd.
When Pelosi said “certain respects” of Obamacare have gone “to the left” of “Medicare for all,” many in the crowd weren’t buying that, either.
“Yes, yes, yes,” Pelosi said, raising her voice. “Do you want to listen or do you just want to speak?” she quizzed the audience.
Moments later, she said Democrats got the next best thing to single payer by “putting as many benefits in the bill as possible.” Then she paused and lectured the audience to “listen up” to her next statement.
When Pelosi was answering another question, a constituent began shouting about single payer, apparently skeptical about Pelosi’s support.
“I have always supported that,” she said. “I have been supporting it before you were born,” she said as some in the audience gasped and others cheered.
You know it’s bad when protesters are fed up with someone like Nancy Pelosi for not being liberal enough.
Indivisible is an activist group bent on resistance to the Trump and his administration. According to their website:
Donald Trump is the biggest popular-vote loser in history to ever call himself President. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the Members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win. [Emphasis theirs.]
We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism— and they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance,
and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party could stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
To this end, the following chapters offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.
We believe that the next four years depend on Americans across the country standing indivisible against the Trump agenda. We believe that buying into false promises or accepting partial concessions will only further empower Trump to victimize us and our neighbors. We hope that this guide will provide those who share that belief with useful tools to make Congress listen.
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