Since the election of Donald Trump as President on November 8th 2016, a wave of liberal rage has marked the last 11 months. Antifa protestors clad in black masks and waving Communist flags shut down college campuses, destroy property and indiscriminately attack those they disagree with, whether women or the elderly. Meanwhile, comedian Kathy Griffin takes photos with a bloody replica of the president’s decapitated head. Then last week, a radical liberal and former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who worked in Iowa attempted the assassination of several Congressional Republicans during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. This shooting brought about two things, the culmination of 11 months of non-stop negative attacks against President Trump and violence against Trump supporters, and even more vile hatred for Republicans as many on social media praised the gunman and thought the shooting was funny.
Besides the Antifa, another resistance group is Indivisible which is a project of the Advocacy Fund which was formerly called the Tides Advocacy Fund, part of the Tides Foundation, which also is behind Black Lives Matter. The Tides Foundation is a essentially an organization that funnels money to liberal groups with an estimated $143 million given in 3,532 grants in 2010 alone. The Tides Foundation's programs are a checklist of liberalism’s most ambitious agenda: the Open Society Institute of George Soros, AFL–CIO, the Arab American Action Network, American Civil Liberties Union, the pro-Castro groups United for Peace and Justice and Center for Constitutional Rights, along with groups opposing free trade and gun ownership while advocating green energy and government-funded abortion.
The resistance group Indivisible boasts on their website 5,983 Indivisible groups nation-wide. They provide training to their subordinate groups and members on how to "Pressure Your Members of Congress to Resist Trump." The Indivisible Nebraska resistance group has shown up in large numbers at town halls held by Nebraska's Congressional representatives, all Republicans. I attended all four of Nebraska's 2nd District Representative, Don Bacon's public town halls. The April 29th town hall held at Millard North High School and May 13th town hall held at Bennington Elementary were the most raucous town halls. With plenty of law enforcement on hand there was no violence as shown by the Antifa at the pro-Trump rally in March, but there was plenty of shouting and finger pointing directed at the Congressman who sometimes couldn't finish his answer. There were Trump supporters and Bacon supporters in attendance, but the Indivisible Nebraska group showed up in force with one goal, to resist.
Following his town hall in Bennington, Rep. Bacon told us during his press conference that he already knows what questions he's going to be asked the day before because of how coordinated the resistance movement is. He encouraged the media to investigate Indivisible and to read their manual. Here are his comments:
Nebraska Representative from the state's second district Don Bacon (R) said earlier this year that he didn’t plan to hold any town hall meetings because he worried about potential disruptions, but he reversed his decision after taking heat for that position. Ironically, his predecessor he beat in the 2016 election, Democrat Brad Ashford, didn't hold any public town hall meetings during his two years in office.
Today, Bacon hosted a pair of town halls, first one at Gretna Senior High School and the second one at Millard West High School where he faced a raucous crowd of nearly 400 people.
Several protestors in the audience were seen wearing Planned Parenthood, Resist, Indivisible Nebraska, and Persisted t-shirts. A few held up signs and many more held up red pieces of paper in protest against what Bacon had to say, green if they agreed with him. Boo's and jeering were usually associated with the red paper.
During the one-hour sessions Bacon fielded questions on topics such as health care, President Donald Trump’s behavior, North Korea, and the Russia investigations. Some attendees said the format was intended to suppress questions. Bacon staff members said the format was designed to let more people get questions answered rather than allow a few people to dominate the microphone as has occurred at other town halls around the country. Bacon defended the town hall meeting format, which required people to submit written questions that then were read by moderators. People were permitted to ask follow-up questions aloud, and many did. However, the audience also complained because people were not handed microphones to ask their follow up questions.
Bacon said that he plans to schedule at least three more public town halls around the district in the coming weeks.
Showing up to photograph a pro-Trump Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in downtown Omaha did not disappoint when a couple dozen Antifa protestors arrived. As the Trump supporters began their march west on Farnum Street from 13th Street, there was a heavy police presence to include mounted, bike, and pre-staged cruisers.
At the onset of the march there was only one protestor who followed the group on the other side of the street, holding a sign in one hand and a bullhorn in the other hand, and was continually yelling at the Trump supporters. As the march ended near the Douglas County Courthouse, a small group of peaceful protestors gathered outside of the Trump rally. All was good until the Antifa arrived, dressed all in black, faces covered, beating a drum and waving Communist flags.
The arrival of the Antifa did not stop the President Trump supporters from carrying on with their rally as several from that group moved out to confront the Antifa by chanting "USA! USA! USA!" to drown out the protestors drum and shouting through a bullhorn. The Omaha Police officers quickly moved in to create a barrier between the two groups. The police asked the Antifa to move back to where the peaceful protestors were standing so as to create some distance from the MAGA rally. The Antifa refused police orders and that's when things became interesting.
The first arrest came as a protestor began resisting police orders by shoving the bicycle back towards the police. The police eventually got the more than two dozen protestors moved to an area where the peaceful protestors were standing. Shortly thereafter, an Antifa protestor threw some type of a smoke device at the police which escalated tensions.
As the police diffused the device their tactics changed from controlling the protestors to dispersing them. To aid in dispersal the police fired pepper ball rifles at the feet of the protestors. In total, eight protestors were arrested. This whole time the Trump rally continued, unaffected by the protestors. Once the police had successfully dispersed the Antifa protestors, the peaceful protestors returned and stayed until the rally was over.
For more information about what happened, Omaha's KPTM Fox42 Steve Sanders reported on the protests. I walked him through the events of that morning and he used several of my photographs for their 9pm news broadcast.
The Republican nominee for President, Donald J Trump visited the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa as part of his continued focus on key states, many of which President Barack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012. His second visit to Iowa this month follows Monday night's debate where many in the media were saying he lost to Democrat challenger, Hillary Clinton. Trump was on offense today accusing Clinton of being both corrupt and incompetent and questioning how she escaped criminal charges in her email controversy.
A packed crowd of about 1,200 supporters greeted former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani with enthusiastic cheers and applauds as he laid out a case for why Trump should be the next President of the United States. This is Giuliani's second visit to the Mid-America Center, his first was in 2004 when campaigning for then President George W. Bush's re-election.
,Trump has been hitting hard at the media during the campaign saying that they aren't fairly covering him while ignoring Clinton's many scandals involving her private email server and the deleted 30,000 emails that the FBI is looking for. Several in attendance wore stickers on the back of their shirts, in full view of the media that read "Propaganda By Omission American News Media." At one point during his speech Trump talked about how he's leading in several polls by 20% or 80% but the media doesn't want to hear it or report it, pointing back to the media. At which point the crowd turned around and boo'd us.
Trump's campaign started a new outreach this week to Christian conservatives which Trump boasted about. The Trump campaign knows that many evangelicals stayed home when President Obama was re-elected in 2012 and that he needs them to vote in large numbers if he hopes to beat Clinton in November.
Governor Mike Pence stumped in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the Mid-America Center where Iowa Senator Joni Ernst was on hand to introduce the Republican Vice President nominee to an energetic crowd of just under 1,000.
During his speech Pence discussed a vision for the future of America and why this is a pivotal election with repercussions far beyond the next four years. It’s possible that the next president could end up appointing three or more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court which already has one vacancy left by the death of Justice Anthony Scalia.
Outside the MAC a handful of protestors had gathered, but were rather calm. Strangely, one protestor was holding the Palestine flag. During Mike Pence's speech four of them came inside and in a unison chant began to disrupt Pence's speech, but they were quickly drowned out by the crowd chanting "USA, USA, USA" and removed without incident by law enforcement.
Governor Pence also spoke about Donald Trump's vision for America and how he plans to Make America Great Again by getting rid of job killing regulations, tax reform, lowing the corporate tax rate, and stopping illegal immigration.
After his speech, Governor Pence walked the rope line shaking hands with supporters who showed up at 7:00am to get a front row place. He also signed autographs and took selfies before leaving the arena.
The 2016 Presidential election came to Omaha as Secretary Hillary Clinton was making a campaign stop in Nebraska's District 02. Nebraska is one a few states that can split their electoral votes. Looking to Omaha's native billionaire and world financial icon Warren Buffett for a boost, Hillary was making a run at getting at least one electoral vote out of this red state. Former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson also joined the list of speakers who came out in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton outlined in her speech her economic agenda which included infrastructure spending. She has called for spending $275 billion over a five-year period to help rebuild the nation’s highways, bridges, ports and airports. She also said she would work to make college tuition free for the middle class, and to promote trades for people who don’t want to go to college and get a four-year degree. She wasn't clear on specifics of how she planned to pay for all of it.
Roughly 3,000 people attended the rally at Omaha North High School. It was an energetic crowd, however, most of those seated inside the gymnasium were Omaha North students and athlets. Space remained open on the gymnasium floor. Many people likely came for a chance to hear and see Clinton who is striving to become America's first female president.