White House reveals tactics for countering protesters
The first step to keeping demonstrators out of events, the manual tellsthe president's event staff, is to encourage the Secret Service to "askthe local police department to designate a protest area...preferablynot in view of the event site or the motorcade route."
Inside the event space, the manual advises, White House advancepersonnel should preposition "rally squads" that can swarm anyprotesters at the event and "use their signs and banners as shieldsbetween the demonstrators and the main press platform."
The rally squads can be formed using "college/young republicanorganizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/sororities," themanual notes.
The squads can "lead supportive chants to drown out the protesters (USA!, USA!, USA!)," it suggests.
So, in a nutshell, the White House is spending your tax money to isolate the President from -- you guessed it -- you! And that is democratic...how?