Mass protests are being planned to block major thoroughfares and “shut down” Washington, D.C., New York and other cities on Inauguration Day, but a coalition of far-left organizations isn’t waiting for Jan. 20 to roll out the shock troops.
They have another day circled on their calendar — Dec. 19. That’s the day the Electoral College electors meet in the 50 state Capitols.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent out a news release Friday saying it is working with a host of progressive groups including Democracy Spring, Americans Take Action and the organizations pushing the Change.org petition to get the Electoral College to turn on President-Elect Donald Trump.
“Thousands of Americans will be protesting nationwide on Dec. 19 while the Electoral College goes to cast their votes, urging electors to respect the will of he people and vote for the winner of the national popular vote,” PCCC says.
The release further states that “70 Electoral College members have signed the letter calling for an intelligence briefing into Russian hacking before they vote.”
But the granddaddy of all protests is being planned for Jan. 20 — Inauguration Day.
U.S. News reports that two major protests are being planned, one peaceful along the parade route and another being organized by “radical” elements who clearly wish to “shut down the show.”
“One major faction plans an orderly but large demonstration along the parade route. But a more radical effort operating under the tagline ‘no peaceful transition’ seeks to block major roads into the nation’s capital and prevent foot traffic from reaching security checkpoints along the route,” U.S. News reports.
“So, we’re going for what I’d generally term a clusterf–k,” says Legba Carrefour, a local anarchist handling press for the more radical protest-organizing network DisruptJ20.
“We are planning to shut down the inauguration, that’s the short of it,” he says. “We’re pretty literal about that, we are trying to create citywide paralysis on a level that I don’t think has been seen in D.C. before. We’re trying to shut down pretty much every ingress into the city as well as every checkpoint around the actual inauguration parade route.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore has clearly come out on the side of the more radical protesters. He penned a letter to the Hollywood Reporter saying he will be in D.C. on Jan. 20 to lead national protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump.
“I expect the Republicans to call a Saturday session on Jan. 21st and start enacting an assembly line of legislation, passing bills into law by voice vote, and rushing them up Pennsylvania Ave. for Trump’s signature. This impending disaster requires everyone to get involved now — all hands on deck! This is not a drill!,” Moore wrote.
Yet, Moore seems to think Trump might not show up for his own inauguration:
“If by some awful happenstance Trump shows up to be sworn in on January 20th, I will be there helping lead the national protest and non-violently disrupting the Inauguration of a man no one other than the electoral college elected — and I’ll also be doing my own thing as a private citizen (activities I won’t disclose now).”
On Wednesday, Moore tweeted a link to the radical protest website Disrupt the Inauguration or DisruptJ20, which seeks to shut down the inauguration.
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 7, 2016
“DC will not be hospitable to the Trump administration,” organizers write. “Every corporation must openly declare whether they side with him or with the people who will suffer at his hands. Thousands will converge and demonstrate resistance to the Trump regime.”
Disrupt the Inauguration states its mission in no uncertain terms on its website:
“We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.
“Trump stands for tyranny, greed, and misogyny. He is the champion of neo-nazis and white Nationalists, of the police who kill the Black, Brown and poor on a daily basis, of racist border agents and sadistic prison guards, of the FBI and NSA who tap your phone and read your email.
“He is the harbinger of even more climate catastrophe, deportation, discrimination, and endless war. He continues to deny the existence of climate change, in spite of all the evidence, putting the future of the whole human race at stake.The KKK, Vladimir Putin, Golden Dawn, and the Islamic State all cheered his victory. If we let his inauguration go unchallenged, we are opening the door to the future they envision.”
Vogue magazine rounding up women for DC march
Vogue Magazine announced it has secured permits for a “Women’s March on Washington” the day after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 21. The magazine states:
“Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation – in D.C. This morning, the organizers for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington confirmed they had finally secured permits for the planned protest against President-elect Donald Trump on the day after his inauguration on January 21.”
Soros-backed agitator re-emerges
Another protest group with reported links to Soros money is Act Now to Stop War & Racism or ANSWER Coalition. This group, which was a key agitator during the November riots in Chicago and other major cities, sent out an email alert Friday accusing Trump of having an “anti-people agenda” that seeks to destroy the lives of women, blacks, immigrants, Muslims, low-wage workers and public-school teachers. ANSWER, which has strong Arab Muslim support and has been active in the Palestinian cause, is agitating for all these groups to take to the streets on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., and New York.
“The cabinet choices are a clear indication that Trump plans to wage a massive war against labor, low-wage workers, public education, environmental protections, the immigrant community, women and the Muslim American community while giving massive tax breaks to the richest banks and corporations,” according to the ANSWER alert. “His plans for so-called deregulation must be understood for what they are: a plan to end requirements on corporate America to uphold environmental protections, labor protections and civil rights.
“This is an extremist, right-wing government that will pursue policies designed purely to further enrich the 1% with devastating consequences for the rest of the population.
The Democratic Party leadership is not going to stop Trump. We the people can stop him.”
Obama feeds the beast
President Obama himself appeared to join the ranks of the agitators, holding a press conference Friday in which he chastised Putin and called on Trump to launch an independent, bipartisan investigation into “Russian hacking,” further stoking the perception that a foreign power influenced the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8.
Yet, there has been no outrage from the Obama administration about the hundreds of threatening phone calls and emails against members of the Electoral College.
WND previously reported on the dozens of death threats levied against Electoral College electors in multiple states. When WND contacted the FBI to ask if it has been investigating any of these threats, a spokeswoman said it was against FBI policy to confirm or deny whether it has opened any investigations.
“At this time I have no comment, as it is FBI policy to neither confirm nor deny the existence of an FBI investigation,” said Nora Scheland of the FBI National Press Office in an email.
When reminded that the FBI recently confirmed an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, she merely repeated the same dishonest answer that she gave WND the first time. “I cannot confirm or deny or comment further.”
WND reported Nov. 10 that Kahama Sawant, a member of the Seattle City Council and a self-described Marxist, was among a small cadre of socialists planning a “nationwide shutdown” of major American cities on Inauguration Day.
J.B. Williams, who blogs at CDJ News, said the attempts to delegitimize the Trump presidency through Electoral College threats and mass protests are being driven by super-wealthy liberals like George Soros.
“According to these anti-American Marxists, Trump is ‘unfit’ for the Oval Office and they are trying to ‘save our country and freedom itself’ from the tyrannical reign of an unfit Trump administration,” Williams writes. “The Obama administration is accusing Russia of interfering in the 2016 elections on behalf of Trump, C.I.A. Director Brennen appearing to be the sole source of that accusation, as Russia categorically denies.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Los Angeles-based conservative radio host and founder of the BOND ministry to help black families, used to work as a union agitator and in the realm of grassroots Marxist causes.
Peterson told WND that he can’t remember a time in U.S. history when the far-left has been so worried about Russia interfering in American politics.
“Suddenly they’re worried about Putin? I don’t ever remember a time when the left was so worried about Russia in any form or fashion,” Peterson said. “This is all an act. They want to delegitimize Donald Trump by saying he’s against women, he hates people, yet he’s already saved jobs, and more people are starting to speak up now and are no longer in fear of these liberals and the Democrats don’t’ like it. The message of Nov. 8 was ‘we’re fed up with what you’ve done to this country.'”
But the ANSWER Coalition seems to be backing away from the “blame Russia” meme, saying that amounts to a losing strategy for the Democrats. The only solution is grassroots mobilization of mass protests, the groups says in its Friday email alert.
“Trump lost the popular vote by a wide margin but narrowly won a few battleground states in areas that have been devastated by runaway factories. The Democratic Party leadership focused on ‘Russia, Russia’ while Trump focused his message on the need to bring jobs back. It’s an absurd waste of time to keep up the drumbeat against Russia now rather than focusing on the fact that the new ultra-right Trump government is about to wage war against social, civil, labor and environmental protections. Trump, not Russia, is about to launch an aggressive effort to end abortion rights, deport immigrants and demonize Muslim Americans.”
The coalition then makes a pitch for money to pay for the busing in of protesters on Inauguration Day.
“The resistance to the Trump administration begins on Day One. If you cannot attend, please make a donation to cover the cost of a bus ticket for someone who cannot afford it themselves.
“The only thing that can really stop the Trump Agenda from being imposed on America is a massive and sustained mobilization of grassroots protest. We can do this!”
Peterson said Soros, Black Lives Matter, the labor unions and other community organizers will target welfare users and other angry people to protest on Dec. 19 and again on Jan. 20.
“You’re not going to see normal hard-working Americans out there. And even the complainers are only going to come out if they get paid,” Peterson said. “This is being fueled by Soros and other rich liberals who want to turn America into a socialist society.
“On one hand I’m glad they are doing this because they are really revealing who they are,” Peterson added. “They’re hurting themselves, but they are so angry they can’t really see how they are exposing themselves. Trump has pulled back the covers and exposed the liberals in the media and the Democrats like no one else ever has, and they really can’t stop him. They are so accustomed to getting away with this and having power. They haven’t been defeated in such a long time they don’t know how to accept it.”
But Peterson believes any mass protests, especially if they get violent, will backfire on the Democrats.
“Whatever they try is not going to work, its making Donald Trump stronger and making his support stronger,” Peterson said.
“Obama is stirring the pot with Russia,” he added, “trying to cause a conflict there. But I think Russia understands what Obama is trying to do. He’s a liar, he’s a loser, who never takes responsibility for anything. This is pure evil what they are doing, and the American people see what’s going on. And if you notice the media is all-in on it, they’ve promoted this thing with Trump and Russia as though it were a true story. They’re promoting a national discussion on what is essentially fake news.”
Peterson said the people who voted for Trump will need to remain vigilant in making sure he does not cave into the pressure of the left.
“Wee to see him build this big beautiful wall, deport criminal aliens, and stop the radical Muslims from coming in, which means the Democrats will not be able to continue building their voting bloc,” Peterson said.
“It’s really a disgrace but it’s really who the Democrats are, it’s who the media are and they’ve been this way for a very long time,” he continued. “No one else could have done what Donald Trump has done. He’s just not afraid of them. He continues to call the media out as he did during the primaries. No other Republican would have had the courage to do that.”
Peterson said he would not be surprised if the protests turn violent.
“They’re so angry. They were attacking Trump supporters during the campaign and after, so yes they could possibly go totally violent. Between now and Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn in we should expect the worst, because they are so angry and insane. Like a mad dog. I’ve always said it’s a spiritual battle and evil is being demonstrated. It’s right out in front of us now with these Democrats acting this way.”