Once again, a prominent politician has made allegations against the protestors at town hall meetings:
Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said: “We have these screaming groups on either side. That isn’t helpful. Let’s be honest about this. Town meetings are not bean bag. I’ve had hundreds of them, and sometimes folks get upset. And that’s part of America, part of our process.
“But this is clearly being orchestrated, and these folks have instructions. They come down from a Texas lobbyist in Washington.”
Durbin said that when “there’s a group of people honestly sitting in the middle trying to ask the important questions and get the right answers, and instead someone takes the microphone and screams and shouts to the point where the meeting comes to an end, that isn’t dialogue, that isn’t the democratic process.
“We need to respect free speech, but we need to respect one another’s rights to free speech, too. When these people come in just to disrupt the meetings, no, that isn’t right,” Durbin said.
Does Senator Durbin offer any evidence to support that these protests are “clearly orchestrated?” Has anyone, in any form of the media, asked any of the people making these allegations to support them in any way? If so, I haven’t seen or heard it.
It doesn’t even have to be a rude question. At this point, I’d happily settle for a “Oh, why do you think that?” But no one even asks for that. “Clearly orchestrated,” well, that’s good enough for me!