Only days after the U.S. Park Police cleared the Occupy DC camp, the Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay reports a new plan from the group: violent occupation of the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). According to Markay:
The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”
According to unconfirmed sources in Markay’s report, the AFL-CIO may have purchased hotel rooms for occupiers to stay in during the conference. While the AFL-CIO denied the report when contacted by Markay, they have had no problem giving money to the group in the past. On November 21, 2011, the AFL-CIO voted to give $3,000 each to Occupy DC and Occupy Baltimore. At the same time this vote took place, reports of rape, theft and assault were rolling in from Occupy camps across the country.
This wouldn’t be the first time occupiers attempted to disrupt a conservative conference. In mid-November, Freedom Works hosted their annual BlogCon convention in Denver for conservative bloggers across the country. During the conference, dozens of members of Occupy Denver sieged the hotel, interrupting the conference for part of an afternoon and putting the hotel staff and police department on alert for the remainder of the weekend. Earlier that month, Occupy DC also crashed an Americans For Prosperity event, resulting in old women getting trampled by the 20-something occupiers – again all on tape.
What the Occupy movement stands to gain from the disruptions isn’t clear. There have already been hundreds of arrests across the country. While the CPAC plan serves to get its message back onto the evening news and in the papers, Americans’ perception of the movement has slowly become more negative the more they see of it. There have been many theories about the waning popularity, but as is often the case, the most simple explanation is often the best: When Americans hear the word “Occupy” on the news, it is often paired with images of violence and destruction.
An invasion of a conservative conference filled with average Americans engaged in the political process would only stand to hurt those doing the invading. Those planning on occupying will be arrested and, unless no video is shown in the media, will look like the violent, jobless degenerates they are.