President Trump and his Republican party are working overtime trying to delegitimize the very sizable citizen groups who are organized and mobilized to resist his agenda. The president recently tweeted “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” The truth is that people have been joining indivisible groups all over the country and in EVERY single congressional district. They are ordinary citizens who in most cases have never been involved in any type of activism. These groups are made up of parents, veterans, educators, business owners, nurses, and retirees. They are your neighbors, friends and family members and reflect your own community. No one is getting paid. In fact, they are using their own money, time and resources to attend town hall meetings which are often held hundreds of miles away especially in rural districts.
Indivisible groups are active and vocal in the most unlikely of places, the solidly red states. Republican members of congress in places like Arkansas, Utah and Montana have had thousands of people show up to their town hall meetings demanding answers on everything from the ACA to ties to the Russians. Individual groups are even forming right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Republican members of Congress are quick to point out in town hall meetings that elections have consequences. While that is true, let’s not deceive ourselves into believing this president has a mandate or sweeping support to back up his agenda. Donald Trump won the Electoral College, but he lost the popular vote. In fact, 11 million more voters cast their ballots for someone other than Trump.
While the president and the Republicans are busy portraying those who oppose Trump as the tin foil hat crowd, indivisible and other groups are quickly growing and organizing for one of the biggest resistance movements in our country’s history. This is what a healthy democracy looks like, citizens exercising their First Amendment rights, putting pressure on lawmakers to represent the people they serve not lock stepping to one party rule.