Rachel Maddow Drops Truth Bomb on the Right: Trump Resistance Far Outpaces Tea Party's Heyday
The anti-Trump resistance movement stretches far beyond major cities, or even states Trump lost. It's also nearly twice as popular as its right-wing counterpart.
"Take a look at the shot from Mount Desert Island in Maine," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out, showing a photo of a newly formed "indivisible" activist group gathered for a meeting earlier this week.
"55 people here at the first meeting of MDI Indivisible. Not bad for a town of 5,000," tweeted the photographer, Jennifer S Booher.
Brand new Indivisible group on Mount Desert Island, Maine @IndivisibleTeam @womensmarch #resist https://t.co/duSgSIVDA3— Jennifer S Booher (@Jennifer S Booher)1485826406.0
55 people here at the first meeting of MDI Indivisible 💕💪🎉 Not bad for a town of 5,000. @IndivisibleTeam #resist #WomensMarch— Jennifer S Booher (@Jennifer S Booher)1485823433.0
"You see the hats that they're wearing? Those are little statue liberty crowns," Maddow noted. They were, incidentally, the same hats worn by Tea Party members—a trend set by high-profile members like Virginia "Ginny" Thomas.
"I remember back in 2010 at the start of the Tea Party movement that sprung up on the right to oppose President Obama... when we discovered that one of the high-profile organizers of that effort was the wife of a sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, Ginny Thomas. [Ginny] was a Tea Party activist and in a very involved way; she founded something called Liberty Central."
Liberty Central was a conservative activist group founded in 2009 with over half a million dollars from undisclosed donors.
"They tried to get all the Tea Party people to wear these Statue of Liberty foam crowns [and] around the time that Clarence Thomas' wife Ginny was raising money from undisclosed donors for the Tea Party movement by selling those foam crowns... the Washington Post did a national poll asking Americans whether or not they had ever heard about this Tea Party movement that was taking shape."
That was in October 2010, when 54 percent of Americans were aware of the Tea Party.
"That compares roughly with the percentage of Americans right now who say they've heard about those women's marches that took place in protest of the new president, Donald Trump (57 percent)," Maddow pointed out.
"However, at the height of the Tea Party's power, the proportion of Americans who said they supported or leaned toward supporting the Tea Party was 39 percent. Right now the number of Americans who say they support or lean toward supporting the women's marches is sixty percent," the host added.
The Washington Post poll was taken in 2010, one month before the midterm elections of November 2010 when Republicans captured the House. It was a major turning point for the right, but also the decline of their movement.
"Americans, broadly speaking, are equally aware of those two movements," Maddow hammered. "A big solid majority of America approves of the women's marches that happened in protest of Donald Trump, and they are supported by Americans at a rate that outstrips support for the Tea Party at its apex by more than 20 points."