Politicians Making Plans In Case Public Turns Against Them Violently

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As protests continue to break out all around the nation over President Donald Trump’s desire to scrap Obamacare, Politico reported Tuesday that many politicians are beginning to worry about their own personal safety — to the point where some are having private sessions to discuss the matter.

Citing sources who were in the room, Politico writes:

House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare.

Some of the suggestions, the news outlet reports, include “having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor at congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.”

While protests are popping up all over, the Republicans’ private session was no doubt prompted by events that happened over the weekend. While speaking before a raucous crowd in Roseville, California, Representative Tom McClintock had to be escorted from the stage and away from the event by local police officers.

McClintock, who held town hall meetings during the politically volatile days of both the Tea Party and Occupy movements, told The Hill he’s never seen anything like it:

This was something very different. After an hour, the incident commander for the Roseville Police Department advised us the situation was deteriorating and felt it necessary to get me out of the venue. That’s never happened before.

This sentiment appeared to be echoed at Tuesday’s closed-door session. Commenting on the meeting, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina stated:

The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice. Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.

Sources told Politico that the potential for violence is serious enough, in fact, that the House sergeant-at-arms has asked congressional offices to report any threat. That office is also passing out manuals on best practices to keep staffers safe.

Ironically, the backlash over the possible repeal of Obamacare that Republicans are facing now is similar to the backlash faced by Democrats years back as they were trying to force Obamacare into law.

“It’s not that you run from protesters,” Representative David Reichert of Washington said during an interview after the meeting, “but if someone presents some sort of physical threat or are espousing a verbal threat that could lead to a physical threat, if you feel that you’re in danger and your staff is in danger, call 911 and leave and go out the back door.”

In other words…run. Call the cops and run.

  • Arakiba

    Cowards.

  • TeeJae

    Rather than come up with cowardly “escape strategies,” perhaps these guys should look at WHY people are protesting, and DO THEIR JOB of representing their constituents.

  • mwildfire

    They’re unprepared because they don’t realize the extent to which a variety of dirty tricks was used to get the extreme right into office, where they immediately did as Republicans do–enact a long wish list, with zero compromise, taking advantage of the historic occasion in which they hold the White House and both Houses of Congress. Not realizing how much manipulation was used, they think they have a mandate, that a majority of the public is behind their agenda. So, encountering the anger of the disenfranchised majority, they are surprised–the one from Utah who declared that the protesters were paid AND out-of-staters, likely believes it. But this further dismissal of his own constituents will only increase the divide…

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Or maybe they just think we’re stupid.

    But not collectively as stupid as they believe.

    Now the poor things are on the horns of a dilemma. To get their campaign funds they have to sell out. If they sell out, we masticate them vigorously.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    They won’t get their campaign funding, if they don’t sell out. They may even get primaried.

    Besides, the thugs needed to protect them from our righteous anger are paid with taxpayers’ money.

  • TeeJae

    Well now, isn’t that ironic.

    I know, I know. But I keep losing sight of the bigger picture, namely that government’s main role now is to protect capitalism, not the people or planet. I recently petitioned one of my state reps to oppose a pro-life bill coming up for a vote. To my dismay, he responded that he wouldn’t do that because he is pro-life. What?! I retorted back with a reminder that he was elected to represent his constituents, NOT to push his own personal views. I couldn’t believe he so readily admitted that.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    You could try sending him a copy of this from evilbible .com. Your state rep sounds like he would be at tremendous advantage reading the whole thing.

    God is not Pro-Life

    The Biblical God is NOT pro-life, he advocates child murder, infanticide, child abuse and abortion

    ->http://www.evilbible.COM/evil-bible-home-page/god-is-not-pro-life/

  • catwoman 51

    They should take this as a warning that they will have to start doing what voters want.

  • wiwordmeister

    “Stop us? Slap at water!” These cowards often seem more afraid of
    accountability than of any possible physical violence. Time they face
    and account to the people from whom they derive the power many of them
    abuse — or risk having “We the People” take it back from them. We must
    teach them once and for all that *we, not they, are sovereign*.

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