Leaked audio from a meeting of an anti-Trump protest group shows activists planning the best way to create a hostile environment for Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for a town hall event he hosted at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, last Friday.
In the audio, originally obtained by the local radio station KPEL, activists can be heard planning to create the impression that Cassidy’s support for Donald Trump is unpopular among his constituents.
The activists, part of the group Indivisible Acadiana, the local branch of the national anti-Trump movement Indivisible, planned to split into two teams, an “inside team” tasked with occupying as many seats as possible and an “outside team” who sought to “give [the media] the coverage they want” before attempting to get into the venue as well.
As part of an effort to blend with other attendees, activists were encouraged to “dress like conservatives” and avoid “any signifier that you’re a liberal” to dominate the event as much as possible.
“Game plan number one is to fill as many seats as we can, right? If it’s all of us in there and the poor people of Breaux Bridge are sitting behind us, well then tough luck for them,” said a man identified as James Proctor, a leading activist for the group Indivisible.
“If we can arrange it so he doesn’t hear one sympathetic question–great. That only magnifies our impact,” Proctor continued.
Another tactic used by the group was aimed to create disruption amongst the audience, with one man on the recording pointing out that “the Indivisible Guide does say that when you start to lose the meeting, that’s when you boo and hiss.”
Local media reports of the event revealed that attendees “frequently interrupted, expressing disagreement with some of Cassidy’s positions and shouting out their own questions.”
However, one activist can be heard saying that “this is the highest form of free speech entitled to the greatest degree of protection, and that is for liberal speech.”
In last November’s presidential election, Donald Trump won the state of Louisiana by 58.1 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 38.4 percent, with a margin of victory of nearly 400,000 votes.