\Republican lawmakers have been seeing quite a few protests at their constituent events, and it appears as if those demonstrations have been done by the book.
The book created by an affiliate of Organizing for America, Barack Obama’s former campaign PAC.
The New York Post reports:
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.
Sound familiar? It should.
The past few weeks we’ve been seeing reports of chaos at town hall events being held by Republicans, like Jason Chaffets, who was forced to actually issue a statement about them – a move that was done by design from OFA. Their efforts are to make even GOP congressmen in safe districts second guess supporting President Trump’s 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.”
From there, agitators are advised to share video of the event with the 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.
Additionally, the foot soldiers are instructed to flood the offices of GOP representatives with phone calls against Trump’s senior strategist, Stave 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.”
The document provides no evidence to support such accusations.
As we previously reported, OFA has some 250 offices across the country with over 30,000 trained agitators and another 25,000 currently under training. Since it operates as a “social non-profit,” its donor list is as secretive as the past of its founder.
As the Post noted, the foot soldiers being created aren’t your typical agitators as found in Black Lives Matter or Occupy Wall Street, but instead a group of highly trained – six weeks of training, to be exact – operatives well versed in Alinski-styled tactics – the same tactics Obama learned in Chicago as a community organizer.
While he was still president, Obama said during a conference call, “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”
Well, guess what time it is? Is there still any question who’s behind all of this?