Single payer activists disrupted the inauguration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin this weekend. Somewhere between November and now, we forgot to tell them that even though a Democrat won the election, they lost.

Mike Donoghue of the Burlington Free Press:

Police ID 29 arrested at Statehouse protest

The Vermont State Police have identified the 29 protesters arrested on suspicion of unlawful trespass for ignoring orders to leave the Statehouse following a sit-in Thursday in Montpelier.

James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers’ Center and the organizer of the sit-in protest over single-payer health care on the day of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inauguration, was not among them.

“I had some commitments in the morning to deliver two little kids to school. Family comes first,” Haslam told the Burlington Free Press.

Haslam, who kept his distance, said others were prepared to be arrested.

For his part, Shumlin said he was disappointed some protesters tried to interrupt his inaugural address, but was bothered more that the demonstrators disrupted the final benediction by the Rev. Robert Potter of the Peacham Congregational Church.

“I found it heartbreaking,” he said.

The incident was caught on video, watch it below.

All I can say is, it’s a good thing the Republican didn’t win.

Featured image via YouTube.


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