Donald Trump’s White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been repeating the president’s unsubstantiated claims that the angry constituents Republican congresspeople are facing in their districts are paid protestors. The lie seeks to undermine the millions of Americans who are trying to voice legitimate concerns to their representatives.
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
Republican representatives have been canceling town halls across the country because they are too scared to face irate crowds who demand answers about Obamacare replacement.
In today’s press conference Spicer told reporters,
“I think there’s a hybrid there. I think some people are clearly upset. But there is a bit of professional protester, manufactured base in there. Just because they’re loud doesn’t mean they are many, and in a lot of cases, I think that’s what you’re seeing.”
He argued that town halls do not accurately represent a politician’s voter base. Millions of people across the country are desperately trying to be heard while the White House delegitimizes and writes off everything they say.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner jumped on that train, recently decrying the protesters who sent him angry letters and emails as “paid” in a series of controversial statements.
His constituents in Colorado refused to back down in the face of the state-sanctioned anti-protest rhetoric. They held up their IDs at the local town hall to prove that it is possible under the Trump Administration to fill an entire room with angry local voters.
At a town hall in in Colorado, citizens hold up their state IDs to prove to GOP that they are 100% real constituents pic.twitter.com/t2ABatcfJ4
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 22, 2017
Trump and Spicer have never cared for truth and will likely double down on their lies about paid protestors. However, we hope that these voters in Colorado will prove their point to citizens across the country, that there are millions of Americans who are going to be hurt by the new Administration’s policies and they deserve to be listened to.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.