The anti-Trump group, Indivisible, was caught plotting the best way to manufacture a hostile environment at a town hall on leaked audio. This time their target was Republican Senator Bill Cassidy while he was at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, on Friday.
The audio, obtained by local radio station KPEL reveals a coordinated effort to create the impression that Cassidy’s support for Trump is unpopular with his constituents. The activists, who describe themselves as liberals in the audio, can be heard strategizing how to best turn a local town hall into a political victory.
The activists split up into an “inside team” and an “outside team.” The “inside team” had the task of occupying “as many seats as we can” and the “outside team” had a job to “give [the media] the they want” before joining the others inside. Activists were instructed to dress like conservatives and leave “any signifier that you’re a liberal” at home in order to blend in with constituents.
“Game plan number one is to fill as many seats as we can, right? If it’s all of us in there and the poor people of Breaux Bridge are sitting behing us, well then tough luck for them,” said one organizer, identified as James Proctor by KPEL. Proctor is the leader of Indivisible Acadiana, a local branch of the national Indivisible organization, which has organized hostile Republican town halls around the country.
Posted on YouTube was video from outside that showed protesters chanting “Love not hate, that’s what makes America great.” One woman appeared to be reading from a script.
Due in part to the work of Indivisible and other leftist groups Congressional Republicans have faced hostile town halls in recent weeks. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the target of similar protest efforts while on a diplomatic visit to Mexico. Although he was on foreign soil, the protest was organized by Democrats Abroad Mexico, an official arm of the Democratic party.