Dear Republicans, Your attempt at disinformation is just not going to fly. The Women’s March on 1/21/17 which far surpassed the numbers at the inauguration events on 1/20, was not attended by paid protesters who were bused in to demonstrate the public’s anger against the republican President Donald Trump’s election. Michael Moore who was at the Women’s March gave attendees their marching orders. He has also provided a calendar of scheduled activities as well as an action plan.
The Indivisible movement created by former congressional staffers provides similar data. There will be other entities forming to help give us direction. But we who are calling you, contacting you by letters, postcards, emails, showing up at your offices and town hall meetings are not paid for, but we are your constituents who do vote. And no, we are not going away.
As a matter of fact, Indivisible members recently coordinated with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to plan for his most recent town hall meeting.
You discount all of us at your peril.
We are being provided some direction by Michael Moore and “Indivisible” groups but that does not mean that we are being paid for or that we are being bused anywhere. In the future, I am asking that republicans who continue to spout these “fake news” assertions provide some factual data to back their claims.
Here are some resources for anyone who is part of “the resistance” and protesters:
The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE.
Michael Moore’s Calendar of resistance events’ reference: https://www.resistancecalendar.org
This is the how to manual that Senator Marco Rubio was probably denouncing: THE INDIVISIBLE GUIDE: Read the text of the how-to anti-Trump manual
On 2/6/17, Simon Maloy of Salon penned the article, “The “paid protest” lie: The Trump White House is trying to delegitimize public protest.” She adds, “With a hand from Fox News, Donald Trump is arguing that anyone who protests against him is in it only for money.”
“He is actively loathed by a large segment of the population. No previous president has alienated the publicas efficiently as Trump has.
“Trump and his team, however, insist that the opposite is true — that the president isn’t just popular, that he’s extremely well-liked. The lengths they go to in order to prop up this fiction have been the source of much of the ridicule and mockery that have attended the first few weeks of the Trump presidency.”
“To beat back challenges to his legitimacy after losing the popular vote, Trump simply asserts that he was the victim of mass voter fraud. One of the first things Trump did as president was force his White House press secretary to give a haranguing lecture to the media about how the crowd for his inauguration was much larger than it actually was. When polls have come out showing a lack of support for Trump or his executive orders, the president has tweeted every survey that says he’s unpopular is fake.”
“One thing that can’t so easily be dismissed or denied, however, is the massive protest movement that has sprung up in response to the Trump presidency. There were large-scale demonstrations against Trump the day after his inauguration and still more protests at airports after Trump imposed a travel ban on arrivals of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Those rallies have captured a lot of media attention, successfully forced policy changes and provided a means for anti-Trump forces to organize and coordinate.”
“The White House’s response to all this has been to insist that the many hundreds of thousands of people turning out in the streets to oppose the administration are actually being paid to do so. Trump himself tweeted that “professional anarchists” and “paid protesters” were taking to the streets.”
As per a 2/23/17 report by Mark Hensch of The Hill, “Rep.Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) says protesters at his town hall event were angry constituents, pushing back on Republican assertions that they are paid protesters.”