Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A locally-organized group of constituents attended Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz's town hall meeting in Utah last week where they yelled at him to 'do his job.'

His constituents yelled at him because they want him to hold Trump to the same standards as he held Hillary Clinton and President Obama, but Chaffetz believes they were paid to yell at him.

Chaffetz said the crowd that filled the auditorium at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights and spilled over into a protest outside included people brought in from other states to disrupt the meeting.

"Absolutely. I know there were," he said, suggesting it was "more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate" than a reflection of the feelings of his 3rd District constituents.

Attendance and protests outside the town hall were organized by Indivisible Utah, a local branch of a nationwide movement. No one was paid to be there, they simply RSVPed on social media because that's how things work in 2017. You don't need a well-funded machine to organize protests when the lives of virtually everyone are threatened. People will show up if you simply tell them when and where.

Republicans are in for a very long spring and summer if they believe their Trump-related problems are going away anytime soon. And if they actually make progress toward taking healthcare away from 20 to 30 million people, the whole country is going to explode in protest.

  • Christopher Foxx

    but Chaffetz believes they were paid to yell at him.

    Of course he does. Because the Republican mind is incapable of ever even considering that they may be wrong, no matter how much evidence and reality shows that they are.

    It’s why they continue to believe tax cuts for the rich are THE answer to ANY economic problem despite it’s decades long record of worsening the economy.
    It’s why they continue to believe that Trump is capable despite the multiple examples of his incompetence that show up every single day.
    It’s why they continue to believe there is an epidemic of voter fraud despite multiple in-depth investigations repeatedly showing it doesn’t exist.

    Tax cuts for the rich MUST work and Trump MUST be competent and voter fraud MUST be rampant because to deny any of those things is true is to admit that they have been wrong. And they can never admit that, even to themselves, because to do so would bring their whole house of cards falling down..

    So, naturally, if citizens stand up and clearly say they are not satisfied with the job being done well, then, that clearly can’t be a real group of citizens expressing real displeasure. Because nobody could object to the wonderful job Republicans know they are doing, right? Must be a fake crowd.

    Gods, these people are just vile.

  • muselet

    Damn. All I needed was a direct reference to George Soros to fill my Wingnut Bingo card.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      HA!

  • Aynwrong

    “Paid protesters”

    Says the man who took a $15,000 donation from Goldman Sachs. Does this make Chaffetz a paid protester of sensible financial regulations?

  • Badgerite

    I heard some people decided that “paid protesters” thing didn’t sound so bad so they sent him an invoice. LOL.

  • Scopedog

    And if they actually make progress toward taking healthcare away from 20 to 30 million people, the whole country is going to explode in protest.

    And if that happens, it will make the ’92 LA riots look like a kid’s party.

  • Draxiar

    “Paid protesters”…this is what they, as Republicans, tell themselves to feel better. When Democrats get push back they reflexively respond with “It’s not you, it’s me”. When Republicans get push back they respond with “It’s not me, it’s you”.

    • Scopedog

      When Republicans get push back they respond with “It’s not me, it’s you”.

      Funny enough, that’s how some on the far Left are too.

      • Draxiar

        This is true. My broad brush is a touch clumsy on this point.