Earlier this year, Democratic leadership kicked off their #ResistanceSummer movement, which is largely based on propagating fear about Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election. The July 7th kickoff event, held at United University Church on the USC campus, faced a spectacular protest by supporters of the SB 562 Medicare for All Bill that is currently locked away in the California Assembly Rules Committee by Speaker Anthony Rendon.
This last Tuesday, I had a first-hand opportunity to hear the #ResistanceSummer campaign message from Ted Lieu at a town hall event organized by Indivisible 48 in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. The LA Times made no bones about it. This event was intended for activists. It was not truly for constituents who were hoping to hear from the field of Democratic candidates to help make informed decisions in the 2018 primaries.
At 1pm that day, attendees received the rules of the event, intended to prevent any protests or dissenting voices.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by eight Democratic candidates for District 48 competing for face time with local constituents. Each candidate had a small space at tables lined in front of the Aliso Niguel High School auditorium. There was a large sign that said “No Tickets Available. Sold Out.”