• Obama-linked activists have a 'training manual' for protesting Trump

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    An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of
    agitators to protest President Trump’s policies plans to hit
    Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this
    week, when they return home for the congressional recess and
    hold town hall meetings and other functions.

    Organizing for Action, a group founded by former President
    Barack Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency
    website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump
    activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing
    off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from
    high-risk Islamic nations and building a border wall.

    In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize
    against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when
    “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”

    The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month,
    including one held in Utah by House Oversight Committee Chairman
    Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry
    demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.

    The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises
    protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms,
    and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit
    together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the
    whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will
    help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges
    them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on
    the mic” — and loudly boo the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving
    you real answers.”

    “Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a
    platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,”
    it says.

    The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts,
    second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime
    “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”

    “Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of
    organized opposition,” the document states, “because these
    actions create the impression that they’re not connected to
    their district and not listening to their constituents.”

    After the event, protesters are advised to feed video footage to
    local and national media.

    “Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for
    Republican lawmakers, it says, when “shared through social media
    and picked up by local and national media.” After protesters
    gave MSNBC, CNN and the networks footage of their dust-up with
    Chaffetz, for example, the outlets ran them continuously,
    forcing Chaffetz to issue statements defending himself.

    The manual also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly”
    lawmakers’ Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails
    demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve

    A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that
    a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from
    the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who
    promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the

    The document provides no evidence to support such accusations.

    Protesters, who may or may not be affiliated with OFA, are also
    storming district offices. Last week, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
    blamed a “mob” of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious
    a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office.
    A video of the incident, showing a small crowd around an opening
    door, was less conclusive.

    Separately, OFA, which is run by ex-Obama officials and
    staffers, plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year
    to attack Trump and Republicans over ObamaCare’s repeal.

    “This is a fight we can win,” OFA recently told its foot
    soldiers. “They’re starting to waver.”

    On Thursday, Trump insisted he’s moving ahead with plans to
    repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which has ballooned
    health insurance premiums and deductibles. “ObamaCare is a
    disaster, folks,” he said, adding that activists protesting its
    repeal are hijacking GOP town halls and other events.

    “They fill up our rallies with people that you wonder how they
    get there,” the president said. “But they’re not the Republican
    people that our representatives are representing.”

    As The Post reported, OFA boasts more than 250 offices
    nationwide and more than 32,000 organizers, with another 25,000
    actively under training. Since November, it’s beefed up staff
    and fundraising, though as a “social welfare” nonprofit, it does
    not have to reveal its donors.

    These aren’t typical Black Lives Matter or Occupy Wall Street
    marchers, but rather professionally trained organizers who go
    through a six-week training program similar to the training —
    steeped in Alinsky agitation tactics — Obama received in Chicago
    when he was a community organizer.

    Chicago socialist Saul Alinsky, known by the left as “the father
    of community organizing,” taught radicals to “rub raw the sores
    of discontent” and create the conditions for a “revolution.” He
    dedicated his book, “Rules for Radicals,” to “Lucifer.” Michelle
    Obama quoted from the book when she helped launch OFA in 2013.

    Obama appears to be behind the anti-Trump protests. He praised
    recent demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban. And last year,
    after Trump’s upset victory, he personally rallied OFA troops to
    “protect” his legacy in a conference call. “Now is the time for
    some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope” over the election

    He promised OFA activists he would soon join them in the fray.

    “Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with
    all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so
    far off,” he said. “You’re going to see me early next year, and
    we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up
    all kinds of great stuff.”

    Added the ex-president: “I promise you that next year Michelle
    and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are
    going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all
    kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best
    time to share them.

    “Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that
    all of you are, as well.”

    https://nypost.com/2017/02/18/obama-linked-activists-have-a- training-manual-for-protesting-trump/

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