Organizing for America, an activist group that was founded by Barack Obama, is training thousands of agitators and activists across the country to take action against President Donald Trump’s policies. Republicans in Congress are in the sights of the group at least until February 26 while they are in recess and holding town hall meetings. In addition, Organizing for America
(OFA) is distributing a manual for training progressive activists in tactics to force Republican legislators to back off any support for Trump’s immigration policy and for any repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).
In a Facebook
post, OFA is calling for a mobilization against Republicans this week and until they return from recess on February 26. OFA is advising that activists confront Republicans “in their home districts.” For example, protesters assailed House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) at a town hall meeting in his home state.
OFA is not stopping with Obamacare. According to its Facebook page, "And it's not just on big-ticket items like Obamacare—they're also going after lesser-known common-sense measures, such as those that make it harder for the mentally ill to buy a gun and a rule that prevented financial advisors from bilking their customers' retirement savings. It's troubling to see years of progress and hard work on the line, but here's how community organizers get through it: We take action."
OFA’s leftist partner “Indivisible,” advises in the manual that protesters should enter town halls quietly and take “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together” so as to not cause alarm. Activists are told to spread out in pairs to make it seem as though an entire room opposes the Republican lawmaker. It said, “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.” Additionally, the manual calls on activists to “Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption.”
The goal is to prepare “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power,” while making Republicans hesitate about Trump. Protesters are advised to feed video footage after the town hall to local and national media. It says, “Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republicans, “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” For example, when MSNBC, CNN, and the networks used amateur video of the exchanges between Chaffetz and the protesters, the media ran them continuously thus forcing Chaffetz to issue defensive statements.
The manual advises progressives to use a script when flooding pro-Trump legislators with furious phone calls. It advises them to say, “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”
The document provides no evidence to support these accusations against White House aide Steve Bannon, who has long been targetted by Trump’s opponents.
On Wednesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer blamed “manufactured” protesters for disrupting Republican town halls. He said, “I think some people are clearly upset, but there is a bit of professional protester, manufactured base in there."
Spicer said, "It is a loud, small group of people disrupting something in many cases for media attention, no offense.”
Last week, protesters, who may or may not be affiliated with OFA, stormed the district office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). Rohrabacher blamed the “mob” for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staff member there.
OFA, which is operated by former Obama administration officials, is planning 400 rallies across the country this year to prevent the repeal of Obamacare. OFA has more than 250 offices nationwide and at least 32,000 organizers. Another 25,000 are actively being trained. Because it is considered a “social welfare” nonprofit, OFA is not required to reveal its donors. Since the November general election, OFA has been increasing its staff. OFA activists receive a six-week-long training course that resembles the Alinskyian training Obama himself received in Chicago when he was a mere community organizer.
Socialist Saul Alinsky, an atheist known as “the father of community organizing,” taught radicals to “rub raw the sores of discontent” and create the conditions for a “revolution.” His book, “Rules for Radicals,” is dedicated to “Lucifer.” Michelle Obama quoted from the book when she helped launch OFA in 2013.
Obama praised recent demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban, thereby giving evidence that he approves of the OFA actions. In a conference call after the election, he spoke to OFA activists and called on them to “protect” his legacy. “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope” over the election of Donald Trump. He also promised that he will soon join them in the struggle against Trump. In the call, he said, “Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so far off.”
“You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.” He added that both he and Michelle Obama will be with them and getting busy, but now is not the time to share his ideas about the struggle. The “point is,” Obama said, “I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that all of you are, as well.”
Nationwide protests are expected on April 15 by groups demanding that President Trump release his tax returns.