Republican members of Congress think they can take health care away from tens of millions of people and remove pre-existing condition protections from more than 100 million Americans, all done with no debate, no review of the bill, and no input from the health care industry or advocates because they believe they will not suffer any consequences. They think the resistance is dead. Case in point: GOP Rep. Darrell Issa at an Orange County fundraising event in Irvine, California, over the weekend.
“They’re pathetic. There were almost none. There’s a couple million people in the surrounding communities and to have those few tells you the real momentum of this movement has really died. The same has been happening at our office where they come every Tuesday. There’s less every week.” — Rep. Darrell Issa reacting to protesters at a GOP dinner, via the LATimes’ Seema Mehta.
told the crowd the the resistance is a media conspiracy, or some other kind of nonsense:
“Every night there’s a news story that runs that … has something in common,” he said. “It’s anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and promotes this nonsense that you’re seeing with protesters everywhere. And they continue to promote it, which continues to promote violence. And you see the latest fiasco with, you know, cutting off Donald Trump’s head to attacking him on stage, or having a Julius Caesar play look like it’s him on stage. So, it didn’t surprise me, quite frankly.”
He was referring to one violent incident that did not take place anywhere near a town hall. Many of us are old enough to remember when these stickers were all the rage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is typically attended by every elected conservative politician: