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Congressional delegation deals with comment deluge

Author: Mike McKibbin - February 13, 2017 - Updated: February 13, 2017

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Congressional offices in Colorado and across the nation have been flooded with emails, social media messages and calls that jammed phone lines. Hundreds of protesters flocked to town halls and congressional offices, some in strongly Republican districts, to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, plans to change or repeal Obamacare and refugee restrictions. The goal of organizers of some of the efforts, according to a recent Associated Press story, is nothing short of complete resistance. It’s a strategy learned from the success of the tea party movement, which stymied President Barack Obama’s agenda through protests, door-to-door campaigns and online activism. Trump and some Republicans shrug off the protests and marches as sore losers unwilling to accept the results of last fall's election. The Associated Press story noted the president’s core supporters, in states like Iowa and Wisconsin, applaud him as a man of action, delivering on his campaign promises to move quickly and shake up Washington.

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Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin is a Denver and Washington political reporter for The Colorado Statesman. A long-time Colorado-based journalist, he has worked as an editor and bureau reporter and won numerous Colorado Press Association and Associated Press awards. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcKibbin7 and email mike@coloradostatesman.com.