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Old July 11th, 2018, 04:55 AM   #1
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"Make Them Pariahs": How Shaming Trump Aides Became a Tactic

"Make Them Pariahs:" How Shaming Trump Aides Became a Resistance Tactic


After another week saw leading Republicans accosted in public places,
many on the left are arguing that harassment is legitimate


Steve Bannon, who was forced to leave a bookshop after being called ‘a piece of trash’ by a protester.


The day after Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, Maxine Waters, the representative for the California 43rd who has become a leader of the anti-Trump resistance within Congress, addressed a rally in Los Angeles. Up until that point, national Democratic leaders had mostly urged respectful protest in response to the Trump administration.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” she said to cheers from the crowd. “And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

In the days that followed, other leading Democrats, among them Nancy Pelosi and David Axelrod, distanced themselves from the comments and called for civility. Trump personally attacked Waters, calling her an “extraordinarily low IQ person”. But Waters gave voice, and perhaps legitimacy, to what has a prominent form of activism since Trump took office: accosting members of his team in public places.

Over the weekend, Steve Bannon was called “a piece of trash” by a heckler at a bookstore; a bartender gave Stephen Miller the middle finger, apparently causing Miller to throw away $80 of sushi he’d just bought in disgust; and Mitch McConnell was chased out of a restaurant in Kentucky by protesters, who followed him to this car yelling “turtle head” and “we know where you live”.

These follow similar encounters for other members of Trump’s top team. The homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, was confronted by protesters chanting “shame” while she ate at a Mexican restaurant. Last week, Scott Pruitt was accosted by Kristin Mink while he was eating lunch. Mink, a teacher, held her two-year-old child as she asked him to resign “before your scandals push you out”. Days later, Pruitt did resign, and although he was probably asked to do so by Trump, in his letter he cited “the unrelenting attacks on me” as his reason for leaving.

After each case, the merits of such an approach have been debated – many have called for civility or argued that protesters leave themselves open to attack if they pursue Trump-like techniques. There has been some consensus that encounters like Mink’s, which are eloquent and non-aggressive, are more acceptable than when protestors chant personal attacks or use threatening language.

Yet while their morality is debated, there is an overall feeling, including from the targets of the attacks, that these encounters have created exactly what Waters was advocating, a feeling that those who chose to work with Trump are “not welcome” in many parts of society.

“Public shaming of Trump regime officials isn’t just useful, it’s a moral imperative in these difficult times,” says Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos and the author of last year’s The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump, which offers practical advice for protesters and advocacy groups. “We have a Republican party that has surrendered to the Russians, encourages white supremacists and Nazis, separates families, and locks up children in cages, and we’re supposed to treat these people as respected members of society? We have no choice but to turn them all into pariahs, now and forever into the future.”

It doesn’t hurt the cause that each occurrence of shaming is reported widely. At a time when every weekend marks another rally or march, it’s often difficult for protest movements to get media attention. But addressing members of the cabinet or leading Republicans directly, particularly if there is accompanying video footage, is a near-certain way to ensure a protest makes an impact.

A number of the incidents, including those involving Pruitt and Bannon, have also involved female protesters addressing male politicians, notable considering how much of the anti-Trump movement has been led by women. Emma Gray, author of A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance, a book that seeks to capitalize on the political energy of the Women’s March, agrees that this is a positive way to protest. “We’re way past hand-wringing over ‘civility in a democracy’ when basic human rights are at stake. There’s nothing ‘civil’ about stripping away women’s access to reproductive healthcare or ripping children away from their parents at the border with no plan to reunite them.”

Most establishment Democrats are telling protesters not to harass members of the administration. The minority leader, Chuck Schumer, made a speech on the Senate floor calling for civility following Waters’ comments, saying: “If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action, and vote them out of office, but no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right – that’s not American.”

The ACLU, which has helped organize many of the major Trump resistance efforts, has also said that Sanders should have been allowed to eat at the Red Hen restaurant. In a statement on their website, it said Sanders had the same rights to eat at the Red Hen as the gay couple who wanted a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop, arguing that “once one chooses to operate a business open to the public, one takes on at least a moral – and often a legal – obligation to adhere to the norms that underlie the very definition of ‘public’. When a business turns away a customer, whether it’s the Red Hen refusing service to Sanders, or Masterpiece Cakeshop refusing service to Charlie Craig and David Mullins, it says, ‘You aren’t a legitimate member of the public’.”

For Moulitsas, though, that’s exactly the point. Excluding Trump officials from the public sphere is a powerful political tool. He says it’s up to Trump officials to decide whether destroying other people’s lives is worth the public shame. “None of them should ever be allowed to have a peaceful meal in public, unless they want to spend all their time in rural flyover country they pretend to love so much. They are destroying lives every single day, literally killing people in many cases, so they don’t get to be treated like royalty. They need to be confronted with the reality of their choices.”

Such a fine example of Karma playing out in real time. This evil regime has made it acceptable for bigots of all stripes to feel free and comfortable to confront, call names and slurs, attack, denigrate and dehumanize blacks, women, gays, muslims, hispanics, immigrants, europeans, educaters, etc. They advocate Nazis marching through our streets chanting against jews, blacks, gays, immigrants, etc. They love being open and "honest and forthright" in their crude, rude, vicious and hateful chantings and name-callings.
But, wow! Let them get the teensy tiniest bit of their own back - and they throw their expensive sushi dinners into the trash and cry victim and take to Twitter as if it were their very lifeblood!
I like Michelle for saying 'when they go low, we go high.'
Sadly, it didn't work.
So, I say, when they go low, get right down there and match 'em!
And screw 'em if they can't take their own medicine!
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I'm good with this tactic. It clearly upsets the Trumpanzees to be called out for their despicable policies in public by the masses who are being injured by those policies. Nobody has gotten hurt, but they've learned the contempt most Americans hold them in. That's a good thing.
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I'm good with this tactic. It clearly upsets the Trumpanzees to be called out for their despicable policies in public by the masses who are being injured by those policies. Nobody has gotten hurt, but they've learned the contempt most Americans hold them in. That's a good thing.
About two weeks ago I made a personal decision. I am done respecting any person who is a Trumpet.

It was one thing to vote for him but now that he is destroying the very fabric of our society, now that he is encouraging a civil war and violence, now that he is destroying all the work generation have done to make us the wealthiest country on earth, if you still support him, you need to speak out against. It is now an obligation as a member of our society.
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About two weeks ago I made a personal decision. I am done respecting any person who is a Trumpet.

It was one thing to vote for him but now that he is destroying the very fabric of our society, now that he is encouraging a civil war and violence, now that he is destroying all the work generation have done to make us the wealthiest country on earth, if you still support him, you need to speak out against. It is now an obligation as a member of our society.
Civil war and violence?

So, a bunch of leftist march and riot some even shoot up a congressional baseball game, all because they do not like Trump. You got Charlotte I guess. Although there was violence on both sides. Noticed whats been happening in Portland. Antifa to the rescue huh. Get your head out of the mud and see who is causing the political violence. It sure the hell is not the tea party or patriot prayer
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Resist resist resist !!!!!!!!!!!!
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