President Trump was the main focus of protest, anger.
Milo Yiannopoulos isn’t the only conservative who needed a security escort from a public event in California this week.
So did one of our state’s Congressmen:
Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican from California, on Saturday faced a rowdy crowd at a packed town hall meeting in Northern California, and had to be escorted by police as protesters followed him shouting “Shame on you!”
McClintock was constantly interrupted and booed as he defended his party’s national agenda during the hourlong event at a theater in downtown Roseville, the population center of his sprawling congressional district, the Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2k8fQHQ).
Hundreds of protesters stood outside chanting “Vote him out,” while those inside the theater held signs that read “Resist,” ”Dump Tom McTrump,” and “Climate change is real.”
This is the scene out Rep. Tom McClintock’s town hall. We just made it inside after pleading with Roseville police. pic.twitter.com/13UaXMvWph
— Max Resnik (@KCRAMax) February 4, 2017
— Kim Todd (@KTplusthree) February 4, 2017
While no fires were started nor Starbucks vandalized, there were many mentions of #Resistance.
Attendees, some carrying signs that read “Resist,” “Dump Tom McTrump” and “Climate change is real,” pressed McClintock to denounce Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, acknowledge the science supporting the human causes of climate change, and oppose Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting refugee admissions to the U.S.
“I believe that order is constitutional,” said McClintock, one of several comments that elicited boos at the hourlong event.
McClintock’s visit drew hundreds of people, most of whom had come to express opposition to the new administration. Many identified themselves as liberal Democrats and progressives, while party registration in McClintock’s district – which incorporates all or part of 10 counties spanning from Tahoe to Yosemite – is solidly Republican.
McClintock pointed out the obvious, before he left with his security escort:
“I understand you do not like Donald Trump,” McClintock said. “I sympathize with you. There have been elections where our side has lost … Just a word of friendly advice: Remember that there were many people in America who disagreed with and feared Barack Obama just as vigorously as you disagree with and fear Donald Trump.”
Having been a citizen activist in this state for 9 years, I want to stress that McClintock’s area is about the reddest red part of our state. Given the amount of organization seen related to the #WomensMarch (as well as #DisruptJ20), I surmise that there was a great deal of progressive battle-planning before this event to have that many liberals congregate in small town California.
I think the organizers are going to be surprised at the consequences of their vitriol-infused Trump-hate.
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