The anti-Trump group Indivisible has been caught on tape discussing methods to turn a town hall meeting into a hostile Trump protest. The meeting with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was open to the public. The activists plotted to manufacture a hostile atmosphere aimed at making Cassidy’s support for President Trump appear unpopular among his constituents.
The audio was released by KPEL, the local radio station. It reveals the activists planning a two-pronged attack with one “inside team” and one “outside team.” The group inside the meeting was to take over “as many seats as we can,” “dominate” the question and answer segment, plus boo and hiss when it looked like they were starting to lose. The team outside was supposed to “give [the media] the coverage they want,” before joining the group inside.
The activists disregarded the members of the community who were turned away due to capacity limits, as well as unbiased attendees. The group, who describe themselves as liberals on the tape, was instructed to disguise themselves by dressing conservatively and so as to blend in with other attendees.
The Daily Caller reports on the tape:
“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 behind us, well then tough luck for them,” said one organizer, identified by KPEL as James Proctor. His “poor people” comment drew laughs from the other activists.
“If we can arrange it so he doesn’t hear one sympathetic question–great. That only magnifies our impact,” Proctor said.
KPEL identified Proctor as the leader of Indivisible Acadiana, a local branch of the national Indivisible organization, which has organized hostile Republican town halls all around the country.
Local reporters confirm that the event was disrupted by shouting, frequent interruptions and disagreements. Similar incidents have occurred by protest groups associated with Barack Obama and the Democrat party, according to the Daily caller.