Activists are once again ramping up to scale an all-out attack, this time against the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.
These activists see Barrett as a major threat, and they’re probably right to do so. She rejects judicial activism and instead embraces the constitutional originalism of her mentor, Antonin Scalia.
They’re Back at It Again, This Time with Amy Coney Barrett
Several left-wing organizations have banded together to create and spread a Supreme Court messaging action plan. This action plan, like the one used by BLM and other radical organizations to call for defunding the police, was launched before Barrett was even nominated.
This “SCOTUS Rapid Response Action Guide” was distributed on September 24 by a coalition of nonprofit liberal groups including MoveOn, Frontline/ M4BL Electoral Justice Project, Demand Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, CPD Action, Indivisible, and Sunrise Movement.
The action plan was launched before Barrett was even nominated.
The groups demand that “it should be left up to the American people to decide who gets to nominate the next Supreme Court justice. No nomination should advance or be voted on before the 2021 Inauguration...With our futures on the line, we must rise up to demand that US Senators stand on the right side of history and let the people decide on the next Supreme Court Justice of this country. We must demand no nomination before inauguration. It’s our future and we should get to choose our justice.”
(But people can’t really choose because Biden has refused to say who he would nominate if elected President. He has only commented that it would be a qualified black woman.)
Radical organizations have been successfully using action plans like these to create the illusion of public outcry in order to advance their agenda. We already know that the Democratic Socialists of America were distributing a similar action plan calling to defund the police in late May — days before George Floyd was killed. They opportunistically used his death as a catalyst for the protests and upheaval they had conveniently already planned.
Want to create your own faux social movement? Here’s how.
You can read the full document here.
Tell People How To Organize the Event
Give instructions for planning a rally, like holding the event outside the courthouse to garner public attention. Make sure you provide talking points to the speakers so they stay on message. The “SCOTUS Rapid Response Action Guide” instructions include things like:
DO lead with values
DO name the violation of those values and/or culprits
DO focus on an irresistible vision of the future
DO name your audience/s and think about what moves them, this is another great way to localize your rally
DON’T use/repeat the opposition’s language or frames.
DON’T lead with data. You can include it, but numbers shouldn’t be the lead
You also need to encourage the leaders to intentionally stage the protest — where people will stand and what signs they’ll hold and even their body language — to convey your message in any photos or videos taken of the event, while making it look organic and natural.
This technique is also useful if you have sympathetic journalists in attendance. They won’t have to try so hard to take photos or videos that look like a lot of people are in attendance (even if there aren’t.) We already know the tricks — think of the photographers who used convenient camera angles to make it look like Florida beaches were packed after the COVID lockdown ended there. (Newsflash: not everything was as it appeared.)
Tell People When and Where To Hold the Event
They want these events to be as visible as possible. It doesn’t take that many protestors to make a visible stink, and they’re relying on social media and the news to spread the word.
Tell People What To Post on Social Media
Instruct your participants to promote the event on social media using the graphics, hashtags, slogans, and messages you provide. Putting your words into people's mouths ensures they share the message you want them to share.
A few of the slogans people are instructed to use to protest the nomination are:
NO CONFIRMATION BEFORE INAUGURATION
LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE
OUR FUTURE, OUR JUSTICE
I DON’T WANT YOUR NOMINEE. I WANT _____________ [fill in the blank to personalize]
The social media messages range from calm statements to dramatic fear-mongering:
“We’re less than 30 days out from the election. Honor democracy and RBG. Let the people decide who will be the nominee.”
“What’s at stake if senate leadership replaces #RBG with a radical new justice who could serve on the Supreme Court for decades? EVERYTHING. We have to fight this nomination with all that we’ve got, because we’re fighting for our freedom.”
They also tell you what hashtag to use — #LetThePeopleDecide — so it will go viral.
And of course, these should all be accompanied by one of the provided graphics:
The people organizing this day of protest don’t care who the nominee might be, however qualified or intelligent. They simply don’t want Trump to nominate anyone and attempt to fill RBG’s seat before the election. They pre-judged a judge.
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