Richard Pollock, DCNF
The president of a secretive, left-wing dark money group told a Monday night, closed-door gathering of democratic operatives and ultra-rich liberals in D.C. the first step to dealing with a Trump presidency was “resistance.”
Gara LaMarche, the president of Democracy Alliance, gave opening remarks tinged with violent metaphors about kicking ass, putting on boxing gloves and fighting back against President-elect Trump.
The meetings are highly secretive and closed to the press.
“Fighting back is the first pledge,” he told the billionaire progressives meeting at the luxurious Mandarin Hotel in Washington, D.C. The speech was intended to set the tone for the three-day strategy meeting to deal with the debacle of the 2016 election.
LaMarche, a long-time progressive and close ally of billionaire funder George Soros, also expressed bewilderment of the election results, conceding they are “gathering in a haze of anger and grief and asking ourselves how it came to this.”
The group is filled with about 100 multi-millionaires and billionaires who are required to pony up at least $200,000 each year to participate in the group.
Between 2005 and 2014, the group is estimated to have given $500 million to progressive and radical activist groups according to Politico.
“I am done mourning. It is time to fight. It is time to get back up, put on some boxing gloves and hit back,” LaMarche told the assembled group last night.
With the election of Trump, LaMarche told the group the president-elect, “subconsciously raised a generation of kickass activists who know how to fight back.”
He called Trump, “An ignorant, dangerous, lying, crude, insecure, narcissistic, fraudulent bigot and misogynist received almost half of the votes of the American people and is now a few months away from following Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama into the Oval Office.”
The 2016 election was “a catastrophe that threatens everything progressives have built.”
He said the group may finance the many the street demonstrations beginning to appear in liberal cities.
“Some activists are in the streets, and some of us may join them, now, or as the need arises, as it will, in the next four years.”
LaMarche reminded the ultra-rich audience their strength was in the wealth, telling them, “all of us need to reach deep into our wallets in the coming months.”
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