Followers of former President Barack Obama are using a training manual developed by the group Organizing for Action to disrupt town hall meetings hosted by Republican members of Congress. The manual states, “The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts (or states), second-guess the Trump agenda.”
The training manual advises liberal activists on how to enter town halls early and grab seats in the front row and spread out throughout the meeting room. They are encouraged to ask hostile questions and cheer when their members make a point and boo when the members of Congress respond to the questions.
The group Indivisible Charleston flooded a recent town hall in Mt. Pleasant featuring Rep. Mark Sanford and Sen. Tim Scott. People from the group arrived as early as 6:30 am for an event which started at 9. One of the exchanges involved a teacher from Burke High School in downtown Charleston who blasted Sen. Scott for not visiting her school as asking her what she thought of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Organizing for Action leaders go through six-week training courses which adhere to the community organizing tactics of Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals.” The Charleston group got favorable press coverage in the Post and Courier as a “grass roots” organization, seen here: http://www.postandcourier.com/politics/in-charleston-a-rare-show-of-civility-between-left-leaning/article_a969d0d0-f2f2-11e6-90b8-73c9a69b164c.html.
Talk radio host and Lifezette.com editor Laura Ingraham has documented the tactics being used by the leftists, calling them “Astro turf protesters.” She urged Republicans in Congress to swiftly act on the agenda of repealing and replacing Obamacare, lowering taxes, reducing regulations and enforcing immigration laws which President Trump campaigned on.
Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), who upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 Republican primary, told Ingraham that he uses the tactic of questioning the media at his events. He asked, “Can any of you in the press tell me what the Democrat agenda is?” He also routinely asks reporters if anyone on their staff voted for President Trump. Ingraham pledged to join Brat at a future town hall in the Richmond area.
Sen. Scott is holding another town hall at the Charleston County Council chambers at 4045 Bridge View Dr. in North Charleston Sat. at 9 am. Doors will open at 8 and questions must be submitted in writing.