Protesters Furious with ‘Shame March’ Organizers After They Decided Not to Protest Senator Who Just Had Surgery

Sen Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. gestures as he gives his victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
AP/John Bazemore

Leftist protesters are furious after organizers of a “shame march” against a Georgia senator decided not to protest an event because the senator just had back surgery a few days before and would not be attending the event.

Protesters argued that 72-year-old Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) should not be let off the hook despite his back surgery on Thursday because he “hasn’t made an effort to come speak with his constituents,” the Daily Caller reported.

The leftist group Democracy Spring Georgia organized the march around a fundraiser Isakson, who also suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, was scheduled to attend, but canceled the protest when they found out Isakson could not attend the fundraiser due to his recent back surgery.

“It would be beneath the standard we are upholding them to if we take to the streets to publicly shame someone who is not fit or well enough to be present for their own shaming,” organizers explained in a statement on Facebook.

But some protesters disagreed, expressing a desire to take down the senator despite his ailment.

“Pretty sure he doesn’t have a spine anyway,” one woman commented. “Yeah, that was ugly. I own it.”

“Maybe he can think about all the people HE consistently has killed, ruined their lives, and destroyed communities while he recovers,” one man wrote. “Justice waits for no one.”

Another protester said Isakson’s surgery could be “a lie to throw the event off.”

“It’s not that tough of a time to have back surgery while fully insured, when you have paid leave from work, and millions of dollars to pay for rehab and recovery,” said another.

A different group of protesters has decided to move forward with protesting Isakson anyway on Tuesday, despite his condition.

“Isakson had back surgery but seems well enough to vote in many ways that are a threat to Georgians, use his twitter account and meet with corporate donors,” the protesters noted on Facebook.

More than 400 people have sent RSVPs saying they will attend the event listed on Facebook.

Isakson’s office said in a press release that the surgery was meant to stop “spinal deterioration.”

“I’m extremely thankful for Dr. Osborn and the wonderful medical team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital for their excellent care,” Isakson said in a statement released through his office. “I look forward to returning to Washington with a new and improved back to continue working harder than ever on behalf of Georgians.”