After eight years of promising to repeal Obamacare, Republicans are just two votes away from making it happen.
But now some Republicans who voted for Obamacare repeal are getting cold feet, as paid protesters are invading GOP town hall events to shout down and disrupt lawmakers. This is just weeks after liberals rioted in downtown D.C. during Trump’s inauguration, setting fires and throwing bricks at police.
Is the threat of violence pushing weak-kneed Republicans to keep Obamacare? Which Republican lawmakers are already siding with the paid liberal mobs?
We’ve already seen one possible defection.
“As long as the Alaska legislature wants to keep the massive Medicaid expansion enacted under the Affordable Care Act Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski won’t vote to repeal it,” The Blaze reported.
“While I clearly have concerns about the expansion’s long-term costs, it has strengthened our native health system and reduced the number of uninsured that are coming into our emergency rooms,” said Murkowski. “So as long as this legislature wants to keep the expansion, Alaska should have that option. So I will not vote to repeal it.”
Murkowski also vowed to oppose any effort to defund Planned Parenthood in an Obamacare replacement bill.
“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides,” she said.
While Murkowski has long been one of the more liberal Republicans in Washington, she had previously voted to repeal Obamacare.
The change in her tone seems to follow the change in tone by liberal activists.
Now on defense, they are lashing out – and using well-funded, well-organized protest mobs to disrupt congressional town hall meetings.
One of the most visible examples of the artificial mobs came in Virginia, where Rep. Dave Brat tried to speak with constituents as liberal protesters screamed and shrieked throughout the meeting, trying to disrupt communications.
The Washington Times reported:
“What I’m worried about is that the mainstream press can’t Google ‘Indivisible‘ and the Soros-funded movement that is pushing all of this,” Mr. Brat told The Hill on Feb. 11.
Indivisible gives its progressive followers nationwide a “practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.”
It takes aim at Congressional members, urging activists to go to local town halls to demand their representatives listen to them, and report out if the member doesn’t. The guide tells the activists to spread out in the room and to not give up the microphone until they’re satisfied with the answer.
“Keep the pressure on,” the guide details. “After one member of the group finishes, everyone should raise their hands again. The next member of the group to be called on should move down the list of questions and ask the next one.”
So who is funding the organization? That’s a good, and open question. As a recently formed non-profit, it hasn’t had to report out its donors yet…
… According to Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the Capital Research Center at least three of the group’s five principals have direct ties to organizations funded by Mr. Soros.
No member of Congress wants to try and hold a meeting with paid activists screaming like mental patients. Meanwhile, others have even been forced to cancel town halls after threats of violence.
These riots have already flipped one Republican senator.
Two more, and George Soros wins.