Leaked Audio Reveals Anti-Trump Group Plotting Hostile Town Hall in Louisiana
Leaked audio from a recent "Indivisible" group meeting sheds light on how the anti-Trump activists manufacture hostile environments at Republican town halls.
The audio, obtained by radio station KPEL out of Lafayette, La., features the Indivisible activists plotting to create the false impression that Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy's support for President Trump is unpopular with his constituents.
The activists can be heard on tape strategizing about how to turn an upcoming town hall in Breaux Bridge, La., into a fiasco for Cassidy and a political win for Democrats.
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.
The leftist activists strategized how best to “dominate” the question-and-answer section of the town hall and keep anyone “sympathetic” to Cassidy from asking a question.
The audio also reveals the activists laughing about “the poor people of Breaux Bridge” — local constituents — who might get stuck behind them. Local news coverage of the town hall said that “many attendees were turned away” from the town hall due to “capacity restrictions.”
“Game plan number one is to fill as many seats as we can, right? If it’s all of us in there and the poor people of Breaux Bridge are sitting behind us, well then tough luck for them,” said one organizer, identified by KPEL as James Proctor. His “poor people” comment drew laughs from the other activists.
“If we can arrange it so he doesn’t hear one sympathetic question–great. That only magnifies our impact,” Proctor said.
An unidentified activist can be heard saying, “The Indivisible Guide does say that when you start to lose the meeting, that’s when you boo and hiss.” Another one says, “Right, I was going to say that.”
According to local news outlet The Advertiser, about half of the crowd of about 200 "seemed to want to hear Cassidy or otherwise support him." The rest “frequently interrupted, expressing disagreement with some of Cassidy’s positions and shouting out their own questions.”
Although the town hall was packed, perhaps as many people were unable to enter the crowded building. Participants began to arrive before 8 a.m.; City Hall does not open until 8:30 a.m.
At least a few times, Cassidy implored the crowd to listen to his responses or the responses of others without shouting over him or them.
"Listen to each other and we will hear each other," he said.
This video shows liberal protesters outside the town hall in Breaux Bridge on Friday. A few of these activists appear to have failed in their attempts to "dress like conservatives" and not look "liberal."
In August of 2009, I attended an ObamaCare town hall in Blue Springs, Missouri, put on by Senator Claire McCaskill. I went on the spur of the moment and was not "organized" by anybody. The town halls had been in the news, and I genuinely wanted to hear McCaskill's answers to her constituents' questions.
The 400-500 people who showed up for that event were not "organized" by anyone, either. They had no nefarious plans to disrupt the proceedings or make anybody look bad.
They were there to express their concern about the health care law Democrats were preparing to shove down their unwilling throats. These were largely people who had never been involved in politics before and just wanted to have their voices heard.
McCaskill sent a staffer to answer her constituents' questions about ObamaCare. They were skeptical and displeased with her answers, but cordial and respectful.
If Indivisible -- which recently partnered up with Obama's "Organizing for Action" -- is trying to model itself off of the TEA Party -- they're doing it wrong.
I don't think any of the people at that town hall meeting in Blue Springs could have lived with themselves if they had "booed and hissed" at the staffer and become disruptive as part of a ruthless, pre-determined strategy from some political playbook.