Since the President announced that in early March he would submit the repeal of Obamacare I have noticed numerous stories in the media against this. The articles describe the Lefts “tea party” at town halls and how Republican law makers are nervous about the fight (and some are). Obamacare was one of President Obama’s crown jewels and the left is going to fight to preserve it; who can blame them.
Then over the weekend, I found a very interesting dispatch from the New York Post. I must admit I was skeptical when I read an “Obama-backed group is trying to sabotage the President.” So I followed the breadcrumbs and wouldn’t you know…I found it!
First, the group’s name is Organizing For Action and it has been founded by the former President. If you got to his website it is very proudly displayed (picture is below). The New York Post reported that:
Organizing for Action, a group founded by former President Barack Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advise them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations and building a border wall.
In a recent Facebook post, OFA instructed its followers to disrupt Republican town halls and gave instructions on how to proceed. The instructions on how to disrupt these events were published by the OFA partner “Indivisible”. You may read or download the guide Indivisible Protest Guide here. Or here is the link to Indivisibleguide.com
Here is an excerpt:
The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”
“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says.
The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”
The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda.
“Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the document states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”
After the event, protesters are advised to feed video footage to local and national media.
“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it says, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” After protesters gave MSNBC, CNN and the networks footage of their dust-up with Chaffetz, for example, the outlets ran them continuously, forcing Chaffetz to issue statements defending himself.
The manual also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly” lawmakers’ Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.
A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”
If you are a Democrat and wish to be involved here are some great resources and contacts for you to get involved. If you’re a Republican at least you know what to expect. This doesn’t seem like the “Tea Party” of the Right, but they are very well organized.