After a record of violence against Donald Trump, it should be no surprise that protesters intimidate Congressmen.
This New York Times article doesn’t say in its headline that protesters intimidate Republicans. It claims rather that Obamacare promises are running into “reality.” Readers might notice from the accompanying picture that “reality” is an angry woman protester confronting a Representative.
Then, if you read far enough, you find why the picture is included:
The uncertainty is already reflected in the way Republicans talk about the health care law. Some now talk about “repairing” the law, rather than repealing it entirely. And in a twist of fate, many are facing tough, angry questions at town hall meetings — the mirror image of 2009, when Tea Party activists assailed Democrats who supported the law.
A crowd of protesters gathered outside a town meeting in California held over the weekend by Representative Tom McClintock, who was escorted by police officers as he left the event, according to news reports. Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida faced 200 angry supporters of the health care law at a meeting on Saturday.
I do remember Tea Party activists protesting Obamacare. I also remember that the Democrats in power did not care. Nancy Pelosi called them “AstroTurf.” Barack Obama went on a lying campaign promising we could keep our doctor if we wanted to do so. Congress passed the law and the President signed it.
Why can’t we get that kind of loyalty? Why do the Left’s protesters intimidate our elected officials?
Remember, everyone knows that Obamacare is insane except as a means of healthcare economic suicide. It has gone from failure to failure. There’s no reason to believe that the backlash to repealing Obamacare is going to match the backlash to creating it. Instead of letting protesters intimidate them, they should be afraid of betraying voters.
Make no mistake, these protesters are a violent minority. The Hill reports,
In Roseville, Calif., Rep. Tom McClintock (R) needed a police escort to cut through the protesters who demonstrated at his town hall event.
McClintock, who also held town hall meetings during the contentious days of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, says he’s never seen anything like it.
“This was something very different,” McClintock told The Hill in an email. “After an hour, the incident commander for the Roseville Police Department advised us that the situation was deteriorating and felt it necessary to get me out of the venue. That’s never happened before.”
So, ultimately, these protesters intimidate them because they are actually threatening violence. Democrats are not merely having a temper tantrum; they are getting their way through riots and the fear of riots.
News outlets are brimming with stories about the unrest. Liberal activists are filming the encounters and uploading damaging visuals of Republicans fleeing the ruckus on social media.
For Democrats who have seen their party lose control of Congress and many state governments, the protests are a hopeful sign that Trump has awakened the opposition.
We need to remind Republicans that they need to be willing to fight for us or they will lose their jobs. Unlike elected officials, we don’t get police protection.
Happily, there are some in Congress who aren’t backing down. We need to be loud to get the rest of them on board.