The ‘Indivisible’ Resistance To Trump Has Republicans Running In Terror

Protesting Trump outside Mar-a-Lago

As demonstrators gathered to protest Donald Trump outside his “Winter White House” yesterday in Palm Beach, Florida, California Republican Tom McClintock was being escorted out of a raucous town hall meeting.

Rep. McClintock was recorded leaving with a police escort as demonstrators chanted “Shame on you!” He later blamed his departure on an “anarchist element” that was present to “disrupt” the meeting.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had an police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I’ve done well over 100 of them in Congress,” he told the LA Times.

Of course, that’s the current Republican spin on the nationwide resistance to reality TV star-turned-president Donald J. Trump in the wake of those mysterious rioters at Berkeley.

But in fact the crowd formed outside because the venue could not fit everyone who wanted to be there, while reports from the scene indicate that McClintock’s answers to constituent questions did not satisfy the people inside the meeting.

“I understand you do not like Donald Trump,” McClintock said according to CBS News. “I sympathize with you. There have been elections where our side has lost … Just a word of friendly advice: Remember that there were many people in America who disagreed with and feared Barack Obama just as vigorously as you disagree with and fear Donald Trump.”

Representing a deeply-red district in a very blue state, McClintock heard from people with legitimate worries about Republican efforts to unravel their health insurance.

McClintock didn’t seem to take their concerns seriously, angering the crowd.

A grassroots movement has grown up quickly in the weeks since former congressional staffers published Indivisible: a Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, which explains how to duplicate the Tea Party’s success in affecting Congress. Senate phone lines are jammed with calls to reject Betsy DeVos, save Obamacare, and otherwise oppose the Trump agenda.

Protests against an unpopular, autocratic president are mainly effective as symbolism. Tea parties had their biggest impact on congressional representatives at the town halls of 2009, which were also raucous, crowded affairs. Two years later, with the House of Representatives in Republican hands, town hall attendees demanded impeachment as the only remedy that could satisfy their hatred and fear Barack Obama.

Trump is already there just two weeks into his presidency — and Republicans are terrified.

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