Press Tribune and Sacramento Bee photos
Payback is a bitch: Hundreds of protesters who oppose the Pussygrabber agenda showed up at Repugnican Tea Party U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock’s town hall meeting in northern California on Saturday, at the end of which he was given a police escort. McClintock represents one of the reddest congressional districts in California.
Back in 2011, the admittedly nutty Roseanne Barr announced that she would run for president in 2012 on the “Green Tea Party ticket.” (She did, in fact, seek the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, but was unsuccessful [she lost to Jill Stein], and then she became the Peace and Freedom Party’s 2012 presidential candidate. [Her celebrity status apparently found more fertile soil there.])
Being a registered member of the Green Party and despising the Repugnican Tea Party, I still like the idea of the “Green Tea Party,” the left-wing equivalent of the Repugnican Tea Party, even though a Google search of the term reveals that it also has been used for actual “Tea Party” members who actually are (at least more or less) pro-environment (which to me is like gay or black Repugnicans, but whatever).
And apparently what’s good for the goose is good for the gander: In 2009 and 2010 the Repugnican Teatards delighted in disrupting Democratic U.S. representatives’ town halls and other community meetings, and now members of the “Green Tea Party” are disrupting Repugnican Tea Party representatives’ community meetings.
Facing a packed auditorium and raucous crowd, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock [a member of the House Tea Party Caucus] on Saturday defended his party’s national agenda and voiced strong support for President Donald Trump’s controversial executive actions to scale back Obamacare, ban visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Vote him out,” hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the Tower Theatre in downtown Roseville, the Republican-heavy population center of McClintock’s sprawling congressional district. Inside the theater, more than 200 people gathered for a town-hall event hosted by McClintock.
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 hour-long 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. …
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. …
Inside the theater, McClintock took about a dozen audience questions. Some of the most passionate comments came from people who said they feared losing access to health care if Republicans press forward to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear replacement. …
Many in attendance expressed general disappointment with Trump and called on McClintock to distance himself from recent executive actions, including Trump’s orders scaling back bank regulations and temporarily restricting U.S. entry for refugees as well as visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations. …
“I understand you do not like Donald Trump,” McClintock told the crowd at one point. “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 and feared Barack Obama just as vigorously as you disagree with and fear Donald Trump.” …
McClintock left the theater at 11 a.m., immediately after the town hall concluded, escorted by police as he waded through a thick crowd of protesters who trailed him, shouting, “This is what democracy looks like.”
Talk about burying the lede (or, I suppose, saving the best for last…).
Thing is, while the original Teatards didn’t start to interrupt Democratic representatives’ community meetings until several months into Barack Obama’s term — indeed, there was a widely circulated fascist, Teatard strategy to be so disruptive as to shut down the Democrats’ community meetings altogether — “President” Pussygrabber hasn’t been in office for even three weeks.
This is a great head start.
Speaking of the “president,” Pussygrabber’s job approval ratings already are negative. Real Clear Politics right now puts his job approval rating at 3.5 percentage points in the hole, while Huffington Post Pollster puts it at 7.3 percentage points in the hole. Gallup’s daily tracking of Pussygrabber’s job approval rating right now has him at 10 percentage points in the hole.
Pussygrabber’s favorability ratings — whether or not people like him — similarly aren’t a great foot to start off on. Real Clear Politics right now puts his favorability rating at 7.9 percentage points in the hole, while HuffPo Pollster puts his favorability rating at 5.3 percentage points in the hole.
And while Americans aren’t wild about either of the two major parties, the Democrats are in a favorability hole of 8.7 percentage points, while the Repugnicans are in the hole by 13.1 percentage points.
With Pussygrabber spewing out the illegal executive orders like a child-king on crack — only to have them struck down by the federal courts because no, we don’t actually have a fucking monarchy, and yes, the U.S. Constitution remains the supreme law of the land, and yes, the federal courts remain the third, co-equal branch of the federal government — most of Pussygrabber’s fascist campaign promises to his base of knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers will go unfulfilled.
Of course Pussygrabber will paint his failure to understand and to respect the U.S. Constitution and the government that it establishes (replete with checks and balances to prevent a Caligula like is he from destroying the nation) as the anti-American sabotage perpetrated by his political enemies. He already has taken to attacking federal judges who refuse to kiss his emperor’s ring, even one who was appointed by King George Bush I. And his base of troglodytes will buy this bullshit, but his extra-constitutional agenda consistently being shot down probably will make him a one-term president, because most of us Americans aren’t missing links.
A fascist, would-be dictator like Pussygrabber needs an acquiescing environment in order to be successful, and he isn’t getting it outside of his tight circle, who “thrive” on his and their “alternative facts.”
Just this past weekend alone, a “Saturday Night Live” video of Melissa McCarthy hilariously portraying Pussygrabber spokesnake Sean Spicer as the thug that he is went viral (and another “SNL” video portraying Pussygrabber whisperer Steve Bannon as the grim reaper — and Alec Baldwin as Pussygrabber saying that the tentative title for his new book is My Struggle — couldn’t have helped Team Pussygrabber).
And Lady Gaga, in an incredible performance during the Super Bowl half-time show, belted out the words: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby; I was born to survive. No matter black, white or beige, chola or Orient made, I’m on the right track, baby; I was born to be brave.” I mean, this was at the Super Bowl.
(Speaking of the Super Bowl, right now the most-viewed video on YouTube is an extended cut of a lumber-company ad telling the story of a Mexican woman and her daughter trekking to the United States [only to encounter a wall]) that was rejected for the Super Bowl as being too political. [The full ad’s tag line, “The will to succeed is always welcome here,” is just too fucking controversial, you see.])
What “President” Pussygrabber and his jack-booted followers increasingly are going to discover is that while billionaire Pussygrabber, at age 70, represents the dead, moldering hand of the repressive, backasswards past, the rest of us — who for a while now have been the majority — refuse to go back. We believe in truly making America great — not great “again,” but great for the first time, because our goal is to make “liberty and justice for all” actually mean for all.
Yes, Pussygrabber, like the cockroach that he is, has survived thus far: disparaging Mexicans and Muslims, publicly mocking a physically disabled man, bragging about grabbing women by the pussy (presumably when they don’t have “blood coming out of [their] wherever”), etc. Any one of these things should have killed him, but he still stands on his six spindly legs.
But even a cockroach needs oxygen to survive, and we, the people, increasingly are depriving the Cockroach King and his followers, who love to scurry about in the darkness, of oxygen.
It’s only a matter of time before we snuff them out.