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Protestors went to Senator Lindsey Graham's house in Washington, DC in the wee hours of Monday morning to "hold him accountable." The mob stood outside his home and were only prevented from going to his front door by police officers. The scene was reported by Ford Fischer, co-founder and editor-in-chief for News2Share Reports.
"Good morning Lindsey Graham!" An activist shouted through his megaphone as demonstrators made an incredible racket banging on things and playing a siren. "I hope you had a nice sleep!" He went on to shout, adjusting his face mask. Police could be seen on Fischer's video, standing between the unruly mob and Graham's home.
"Did you sleep well Lindsey Graham?" Lights strobed and cymbals clashed while demonstrators wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the logo for the Sunrise Movement.
They were there to say that Graham should not allow hearings to go forward for the next nominee to the Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week.
Carrying signs that read "Use my words against me," and shouting "Hey Senator are you home," and "Wake the f*** up Senator," Sunrise Movement demonstrators asked Graham "do you want to come out and talk to us? I promise we're nice."
As officers led Sunrise Movement activists away from Graham's front door, they were asked if "the homeowner asked you to do this?" After the officers removed demonstrators from Graham's front door, the man with the megaphone demanded that the crowd make yet more noise.
"Use my words against me," they shouted, intoning Graham's words from 2016 when he declined to allow a hearing to be held for what would be President Barack Obama's last Supreme Court nomination, Merrick Garland. That denial was on the basis of what Senate Republicans are calling the "Biden rule," which is the concept that in an election year where the Senate and presidency are held by opposing parties, nomination hearings should take place until after the election.
This year, the Senate and the executive office are held by the same party, meaning that the rule is moot. That hasn't stopped activists and mainstream media from claiming hypocrisy on the part of Republican lawmakers who may very well hold a hearing this year.
That didn't stop activists from screaming through their megaphone that "Anyone who is looking at this, anyone who is seeing this can do the same thing to your representatives, can do the same thing—learning, learning about how to hold them accountable, how to make sure that they know that if you do some evil f***ing shit, that they know there will be consequences for them."
The activists made an incredible amount of percussive noise, hurled curses, played recordings of Graham, and shouted through megaphones. Officers told them to leave, stating that they had no permit and that permits were not able to be issued for protests on these residential streets anyway. The activists were in "violation of the Residential Tranquility Act."
After they were told to disperse or else they would be subject to arrest, another Sunrise Movement activist took up the megaphone. "We will not compromise with injustice," he said. "We will not compromise with a simple-minded racist. I have no time, period. Okay? Done." The crowd cheered.
"What do we want?" He called. "Justice," came the reply. "When do we want it," he asked. "Now," the crowd chanted in unison as the sun began to break through the darkness.
"If we don't get it?" He called. "Shut it down!" They all said together.
They eventually left the area, and according to Fischer, no arrests were made. Before departing, they stated their demands that "we need a new court. We need a court represented by the people. We need a court that actually has term limits!"
"Expand the court!" They all shouted, carrying around signs that read "we are wide awake."
The Sunrise Movement was formed to be activists about climate change, but they have since moved into their new cause, waking up politicians while they are literally sleeping. They state:
"Believe it or not, these tactics are over a century old, inspired by the Wide Awakes, a pro-abolition mass youth movement in the 1860s (right before the Civil War) who turned anti-abolition representatives' lives into waking nightmares by banging pots and pans outside their windows."
For them, the appointment of a Supreme Court nominee by the sitting president is akin to abolition from slavery, apparently. Their call to action outside Graham's home was publicized on social media.