A northern California Republican Congressman in a solid GOP district had to get a police escort to escape a peaceful crowd of his constituents with a simple message for the Representative and Donald Trump; “Vote him out!” Republican Representative McClintock got scared and ended the event after only a dozen questions – where local news reported a massive crowd outside hoping to get their turn at the microphone – leaving surrounded by armed police officers into a black SUV that burned rubber peeling out and departed hastily out the back of a restaurant parking lot. (see video below)
McClintock fled the town hall meeting today in Roseville, California after losing a confrontation of ideas to local activists who oppose President
Trump’s Bannon’s unconstitutional Muslim ban. The SacBee reports on the scene that caused Rep. McClintock to flee just one day after Politifact busted his false statements of support for the ban:
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. “This is really all about resisting the Trump agenda,” said Wendy Wood, chairwoman of Indivisible Sierra Nevada, a local chapter of a political organization formed in response to the election. “Most of us have never participated in political activism of any sort. Something is happening here, and people here are not happy with (Trump) and McClintock. We’re here to vote them out.”
Roseville police and fire officials capped attendance inside the theater at roughly 200 people. Those left outside voiced frustration about being locked out of the theater, some saying they had driven for hours simply to see McClintock face to face. “We just wanted to be able to ask questions of our representative and share our thoughts on key issues,” wrote Lauren Lake in an email. “I drove hours over a snowy pass to be there … we were told that the venue was at capacity and no one else would be allowed in.”
Just yesterday, Politifact published a fact-check of Rep. McClintock that rated his defense of Trump’s illegal Muslim ban “Mostly False.” The ban has been dealt a stiff blow after just one week, with the federal government losing a national stay in a state of Washington federal court where Donald Trump was sued.
California Rep. Tom McClintock recently claimed refugee vetting was very haphazard,” under the Obama Administration. “In many cases, we simply accepted the word of applicants.” All sides in this debate acknowledge no vetting system is foolproof. McClintock’s claim about a “haphazard system,” however, ignores the facts.
Before January 19th, Republicans were allowed to mindlessly parrot their party’s line of smoke and mirrors, but the truth of their inability to govern and their wholly empty promises – which if fulfilled would harm their constituents and voters alike – is being finally, and painfully revealed.
The crowd of regular people – all citizens who woke up politically after Trump’s surprising victory – massed in Roseville, the solidly Republican outer-suburb of Sacramento from all points of the sprawling 4th Congressional district, just to instruct their member of Congress how they wished to be represented and oppose the Trump regime he supports.
Rep. McClintock’s constituents who were lucky enough to make it into the 200 seat venue strongly opposed the Republican’s support for the GOP’s half-baked plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with six years worth of political lies and wishful thinking – which is all that House Republicans have actually managed to accomplish in the last six years.
Republicans in Congress rode the Koch Brothers’ concocted Tea Party wave – an astroturf movement concocted by billionaires – into office with an anti-Obamacare platform, and lots of racial animus. Now, Congressional Republicans have to face the music in front of a real citizens movement, an energized group of aggrieved citizens demanding accountability, banding together to petition their government peacefully, without a monied movement or any kingmaker lurking in the background.
If Rep. McClintock’s fear of his constituents is any sign, we’re going to see a lot of Republicans running away all the way until 2018, when they’re run clear out of their majorities in both Houses of Congress.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 4, 2017
Here’s a few more tweets from the Roseville, Ca. protest of Republican Congressman Tom McClintock:
So called Representative Tom McClintock fled a so called town hall meeting today after shutting doors on constituents pic.twitter.com/7DNXVk4G3q
— Derek Cressman (@DerekCressman) February 5, 2017
All politicians need to be on alert – their constituents are starting to hold them accountable.
— Barbara Darnell (@BendyBarbara) February 4, 2017
I arrived a little late and this was the view from the parking garage next to the theater. pic.twitter.com/m1ko8Eps0G
— Kim Todd (@KTplusthree) February 4, 2017
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition