Totally Detached from Reality, White House Spokesman says Protesters are ‘Paid Professionals’
by Jen Hayden –
In an all-out rejection of Donald Trump and the Republican agenda of xenophobia, racism, misogyny and generally screwing over the with financial and environmental regulatory rollbacks, millions of people nationwide are protesting. Organic protests are erupting daily at the offices of our elected representatives, airports, anywhere and everywhere. Senator Cory Gardner (CO-R) casually mentioned he believed the people turning up at his office and Colorado-area protests were “paid protesters.” So did a Tennessee state senator who provided evidence that was easily debunked and became an internet joke.
Now the White House itself is latching on to the laughable and insulting notion that these massive protests are the result of “professional paid protesters.” This must be the largest top secret jobs program in the history of the world. Watch Sean Spicer effortlessly spew this lie:
Interviewer: Do you sense instead of being an organic disruption, do you sense there is an organized pushback and people are being paid to protest?
SPICER: Oh, absolutely. I mean, protesting has become a profession now. They have every right to do that, don’t get me wrong. But, I think that we need to call it what it is, it’s not these organic uprisings that we’ve seen through the last several decades. You know the Tea Party was a very organic movement. This has become a very paid astro-turf-type movement.
How many lies can you pack into one sentence? Let’s start with the projection of “astroturf-type” movements. Because that is exactly how the Tea Party was started:
Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.
But that’s nothing new, and AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past. The most notable example was the “spontaneous” riot back in 2000 — actually orchestrated by G.O.P. strategists — that shut down the presidential vote recount in Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
The millions of people protesting nationwide and around the world are 100% authentically rejecting Donald Trump and the Republican agenda. There is evidence the protests are getting to Donald Trump:
Cloistered in the White House, he now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week. For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day — too much in the eyes of some aides — often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon.
Until the past few days, Mr. Trump was telling his friends and advisers that he believed the opening stages of his presidency were going well. “Did you hear that, this guy thinks it’s been terrible!” Mr. Trump said mockingly to other aides when one dissenting view was voiced last week during a West Wing meeting.
But his opinion has begun to change with a relentless parade of bad headlines.
They are also getting to members of Congress and the U.S. Senate who’ve been barraged with a record-breaking number of calls to the U.S. Capitol switchboard and on the run from constituent meetings.
Don’t let up. YOU are making a difference. It’s time to double down. Tomorrow is #ResistTrumpTuesday and your voices deserve to be heard. Show up to your senator or congressman’s office and let them know you are NOT a paid protester and you reject this Republican-led agenda. Check the Indivisible Guide’s list of events and find one near you.
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos