That’s not anarchy, Rep. McClintock, it’s democracy

“President Donald Trump’s chaotic first weeks have generated wide disapproval, and not all the protests have been placid,” as the editorial board of the Sacramento Bee writes. “But U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock needs to stop insisting that the seniors, families and middle-aged picketers at his town hall this past weekend were an ‘anarchist element.’

“As The Sacramento Bee’s Angela Hart reported Saturday, the unhappy crowd that greeted the Sierra Nevada’s man in Congress was anti-Trump and noisy. But McClintock’s claims to outside media afterward that ‘anarchists’ had gathered to ‘disrupt’ his meeting was true only if by ‘anarchists’ you mean ‘neighbors and grandparents.’

“Interviews revealed a lot of gray-haired retirees worried about Medicare and workers fearful of the Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Some said they had driven hours through the Sierra to hear the congressman speak in downtown Roseville; others said they had never demonstrated before, but wanted to register their dismay at Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and his efforts to roll back environmental rules.

“As someone whose district includes Yosemite National Park, and who gleefully embraced the tea party after the election of President Barack Obama, one might think McClintock would be alert to environmental issues and savvy enough to recognize a gathering grassroots firestorm.

“But no. McClintock defended Trump’s executive order restricting refugee admissions – a ban that 15 states including his own sued to overturn Monday. Then he spewed some double-speak on health insurance and claimed man-made global warming is up for ‘very vigorous debate’ among scientists. ( It isn’t.)

“After a dozen or so questions, McClintock scurried away, cowering theatrically behind a needless police escort. Or maybe it wasn’t theater. Maybe all those people shouting ‘Shame’ and ‘Vote him out!’ really did hurt his sensitive ears and scare him.

“Either way, there was not only no anarchy, there wasn’t even disorder. Everyone was polite and the demonstrators applauded the police at the end of the protest. Occupy Roseville, this was not.

“Order has been the tenor of most of these anti-Trump protests. From the massive women’s marches in January to the recent airport demonstrations, dissent has been overwhelmingly nonviolent.”

The rest of the article is here.

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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10 Responses to That’s not anarchy, Rep. McClintock, it’s democracy

  1. Chip Wilder says:

    Anarchists? What’s hilarious is the dog whistle (again) that these know nothings use as their go to answer. The fools don’t realize you don’t have to pay someone to protest over being screwed. It should come as no surprise to McClintock. He is bankrupt of ideas that would benefit his constituents, and unqualified for the office he holds. For all these years in office has he listed his ideas to replace Romney Care (ACA) on his website? Has he ever shown any interest in actually helping refugees from another country that didn’t have a test for their religion? And for that matter- For all these years in office has he shown any real interest in Nevada County? Being the incumbent (in this case the word incumbent being “code” for everyone in his district are asleep) is the only reason he was re-elected. He’s just Trump by another name, always has been—–

  2. jeffpelline says:

    Meanwhile, Tom is George Boardman’s hero under this logic. Boardman writes on his blog: “Whether you agree with him or not, you have to give Rep. Tom McClintock credit for facing a room full of hostile constituents at a town hall meeting in Roseville on Saturday.” Huh?

    Why won’t The Union dump Boardman’s column? It’s astounding, really. Podunk.

  3. Joe Koyote says:

    How soon people forget the original ACC town hall meetings crammed with teapartiers yelling and screaming and disrupting. The alt-right can dish it out but they can’t take it. Typical of their spoiled child leader; if you don’t play by my rules (where I always win) I’m going to take my ball and go home.

  4. Joe Koyote says:

    By the way… does anyone know when our fearless leader LaMalfa plans to hold a town hall meeting in this area? That could turn out to be really fun with a capital F.

  5. Ed Peritz says:

    The likes of McTrumtocs governing this nation, with their insidious mantra of “Let them eat stale cake” combined with a staggering disregard for the welfare of the commoners reminiscent of the ‘Ancien Regime.’ Comfortable with personal lifestyles sustained by either feeding off the public teat now, and until death, or sufficiently affluent to afford top notch health insurance costing much less than the income generated by government tax benefits, these two and their clones typify the genre of beings that callously shunned Vets like me, prepared to let the ‘free market’ oversee my death with my first cancer, shortly after returning from my Marine Corps combat tour of duty in 1968-69 Vietnam. Though I survived despite a prognosis of not making it to my 24 birthday, this victory became somewhat Pyrrhic as insurance companies denied me any type of health or life coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Lovely fellows, that lot.

    And the Auburn Journal today has a photo of part of the crowd outside the town hall, the so called “Anarchists,” a few thrusting homemade signs skyward, the most threatening sign reads “Congress Grow A Pair.” They can’t mean noses, as Trump’s, Conway’s and McClintock’s are all seemingly of Brobdingnagian reach. They fabric of America and pseudo patriotism with which this crowd wraps themselves in is surely of a different texture than the internal impulses which compelled me to withdraw from UCONN in 1967 and volunteer for the Marines and Nam. I wouldn’t do squat for these people or for their conception of what America should be.

  6. Ed Peritz says:

    Oops. second line should read “combines”. ‘Its a little better’ – run on sentences but that’s much like life itself.

  7. Joe Koyote says:

    The Sac Bee yesterday quoted some people (with photos) claiming that the doors were closed and the people outside were told there were no more seats when photos taken inside showed multiple empty seats.

  8. Dan Skeahan says:

    If you feel like giving McClintock a little more grief about his stands, he will be appearing in Auburn on Feburary 24 at The Ridge Golf Course. The event is sponsored by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association. Check out their web page. Oh, and our good friend Doug LaMalfa is also scheduled to appear, but if he even sniffs anything about a protest, I’d be willing to bet bigly he doesn’t show. Much like any constituent meeting. He will never show his face in Nevada County.

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