You know someone’s hit a nerve when those attending GOP town halls start carrying signs reading, “Unpaid Protester,” and listing their ZIP codes to prove they are, indeed, constituents. Why do that, unless of course there were mounting suspicion that the overflow crowds at nearly every Republican town hall were organized and bussed in.
Not that they’re necessarily lying; as we’ve said before, being part of an organized protest doesn’t always entail getting paid — if the public is willing to organize under and abide by the instructions in the Indivisible Town Hall Reference Guide for free, all the better.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 27, 2017
The Daily Caller on Monday reported on leaked audio revealing activists with anti-Trump group Indivisible helping coordinate an effort to manufacture a hostile environment at Sen. Bill Cassidy’s town hall in Louisiana 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 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.
KPEL identified James Proctor, one voice heard on the recording, as the leader of Indivisible Acadiana, “a local branch of the national Indivisible organization, which has organized hostile Republican town halls all around the country.”
Indivisible describes itself as a group of former congressional staffers, and they’ve teamed up with other insiders like Robert Reich and his Inequality Media.
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) February 24, 2017
— Conservative Texan (@ConservaTex) February 28, 2017
— LinneyToo (@LinneyToo) February 28, 2017
— Vive Les Deplorables (@iamdeeza2) February 27, 2017
— America 4 Americans (@soldbygail) February 27, 2017
— Marie (@MarieLeff) February 28, 2017
— Police State (@2Twitte39301335) February 28, 2017
@DailyCaller Real people w/ even half a brain have known all along. Just the media & politically correct establishment pundits disagree.
— I Told You So (@get2thegulch) February 27, 2017
— Virginia Bronco M (@halsell00) February 28, 2017
@DailyCaller Seems their sole goal is to disrupt town halls and shout down those just trying to have their voice heard in a civil forum
— Pamela Sedmak (@PamelaSedmak) February 27, 2017
— Carol (@CarolCATX) February 28, 2017
Shouting over you, maybe, but not speaking for you.