An organization originally created to boost former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, has partnered with the Indivisible Project to organize national disruptions aimed at derailing President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Organizing for Action (OFA), originally named Organizing for America, is training tens of thousands of organizers to engage in protests designed to amplify the size of resistance to Trump’s policies. Recently, organizers have focused on disrupting town halls hosted by Republican lawmakers speaking about repealing Obamacare, restricting immigration from terror-ridden nations and building a border wall.
“The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda.”
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The manual, outlined on the Indivisible Project website, advises activists to quietly enter town halls and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” The goal is to spread out in pairs to make it appear that the entire room is against the Republican’s positions.
Agitators have disrupted several town hall meetings this month, forcing House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) to prematurely leave their events.
“This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” The training manuals also urges organizers to ask “hostile” questions — while holding a “firm grip on the mic” — and then loudly boo the Republican host if they aren’t “giving you real answers.”
“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” the manual suggests.
As heavily noted on the website, the primary goal is to make Republicans second-guess their support for Trump’s agenda, and to lay the groundwork for “2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”
“Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the manual states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”
Following an event, organizers are then advised to submit all video footage to both local and national media outlets.
“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it indicates, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” When these organizers submitted footage from the Chaffetz disruption to left-leaning outlets such as MSNBC and CNN, the footage was aired continuously, forcing Chaffetz to release a statement defending himself.
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OFA’s manual also provides instructions for agitators to flood “Trump-friendly” offices on Capitol Hill with an onslaught of angry phone calls and emails that demand White House chief strategist Steve Bannon resign.
The manual offers a statement to use: “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.”
Several of the OFA-backed protests have gotten violent. Just last week, a mob of anti-Trump activists stormed Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s office, knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer, according to Fox News.
OFA is anything but a small networks. The well-funded organization has amassed more than 250 offices nationwide with more than 32,000 organizers — with another 25,000 actively under training — as reported by the New York Post.
These uprisings are not organic, but rather professionally organized. The OFA manual indicates that organizers must first complete a six-week training program — gleaning from tactics used by Saul Alinsky — similar to the training Obama received when he was a community organizer in Chicago.
Saul Alinsky, a Chicago socialist often heralded by the Left as the “father of community organizing,” taught radicals to “rub raw the sores of discontent” as a tactic to spark a “revolution.” Michelle Obama quoted Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals,” when she helped launch OFA in 2013.
“I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them,” Obama said.
“Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that all of you are, as well.”
Aside from OFA’s involvement, Indivisible has also been connected to billionaire leftist George Soros. The leader of Indivisible is Jeremy Haile. Haile served as the federal advocacy counsel for the Sentencing Project. The Project is funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundation.