TakeAction Minnesota is trying to spin this disaster as a good faith effort to talk about the issues. That’s a lie. In fact, when TakeAction Minnesota trespassed onto Jason Lewis’ private home, they used a tactic that Democrat fringe groups have used before.
Alpha News wrote “A group of about 15 protesters from a progressive advocacy group called TakeAction MN planted themselves on Lewis’ front steps with a goal of making their presence known to the neighborhood at large. They were there accusing Lewis of stripping away Medicaid, and claiming that ‘healthcare is a human right. We are here to make sure the Congressman Lewis’ neighbors know exactly why we are here,’ said a woman leading the demonstration. ‘So let me hear you cheer, let me hear you cheer so loud that the entire community here will hear us and know exactly why we are here.'”
It isn’t difficult to paint Democrats as extremists. Here’s why it isn’t:
One of Lewis’ challengers, Rosemount high school teacher and football coach Jeff Erdmann, remains quite skeptical of all of these claims, and sent some mixed messages out regarding the incident.
‘TakeAction MN had a peaceful protest outside of Jason Lewis’s residence. Jason’s campaign doctored TakeAction’s video and put that doctored video on his YouTube page, then posted about the incident on Facebook,’ Erdmann’s campaign wrote in a press release according to Blois Olson’s Morning Take. ‘The Erdmann campaign would never condone people protesting on a person’s private residence.'”
It isn’t difficult to paint Erdmann as a conspiracy theory fanatic. What proof does Erdman have that Lewis’ “campaign doctored TakeAction’s video” before posting it? If he doesn’t have proof, then he should be ridiculed mercilessly for making that type of accusation.
Nina Easton’s article highlights how similar TakeAction Minnesota’s militant actions are to other Democratic fringe groups’ actions:
Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that, in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action, makes his family fair game.
Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack, alone in the house, locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.
Compare that with what happened at Lewis’ home:
“Suffice it to say it is more than a bit disturbing to get a call from your neighbor saying his daughters were afraid and called him to contact the police.”
These aren’t frustrated people trying to contact a politician about an important issue. They’re people who didn’t think twice about intimidating young women in their own homes. That isn’t acceptable. That’s what playground bullies do.