In the weeks since Donald Trump lost the vote but won the election grassroots protests have sprung up around the country against Trump himself and the Republican lawmakers policies on Trump’s No Enter Muslim ban and possible Obamacare cuts…
Republican lawmakers find their email and phone lines jammed with messages and any town hall meeting they have are the scenes of protests that some need police escorts to leave…
The number of organizations participating in these actions has steadily increased…
Most Republican lawmakers are shrugging the movement off….
But if these actions result in increased American’s signing up to vote in next years Midterm elections?
There could be unexpected trouble on the Grand Ole Parties numbers in Congress….
“It’s going to be intense,” said Emily Tisch Sussman, who leads the political arm of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “All every group wants to know is how to find out where the town halls are going to be.”
The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.
While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.
There are few indications at this point that the conservative base of the Republican Party is mobilizing for action on a large scale during the recess. FreedomWorks, the Washington-based libertarian group that in 2009 nurtured Tea Party groups to rally against the legislation that became the health care act, said it was planning a Washington rally next month to let lawmakers know that there remained significant opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
But just as the energy after Mr. Obama’s inauguration seemed to be on the right, this year it seems to be on the left….Share on Facebook