Progressives target Democrats’ meetings
Those rowdy progressives shouting down Republicans at town-hall meetings are starting to train their sights on establishment Democrats.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, was booed when she refused to denounce U.S. airstrikes on Syria or endorse a single-payer health-care system at a public meeting Monday in San Francisco.
“If you don’t like me, don’t stay. That’s easy,” Ms. Feinstein told the crowd.
The audience of several hundred waved printed cards from Indivisible SF with the messages “Agree” and “Disagree,” which have also become common at Republican town halls.
The same day, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez was met with scorn during a stop on the party’s unity tour in Portland, Maine.
The audience booed after a Maine Young Democrats leader asked why those in attendance were there, saying “maybe you came though because you’re curious about the new DNC chairman and the future of the Democratic Party.”
The crowd had previously cheered and chanted “Bernie” at the mention of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, the progressive hero who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, who also spoke at the meeting.
At a press conference outside the Feinstein event, progressives called for her to step aside instead of running for re-election in 2018.
Ben Becker said voters are “absolutely p---ed off at Dianne Feinstein over her seven votes in favor of Trump nominees, over her comments for saying Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court was, quote, impressive.”