The Shelby County Democratic Party, reconstituted early this year after being decertified by the state party in
Smith and Strong confront intruders
2016, endured its first direct attack from a hostile source Thursday night.
Two members of a group styling itself “DNC Fraud Alert” interrupted a meeting of the SCDP’s executive committee at the Cordova Community Center, unfurling a banner denouncing the Democratic National Committee and shouting statements like “The DNC has shown us time and time again that they will lie, cheat, gaslight, and marginalize progressives. It’s time to claim our rightful revolution rather than continue the ping-pong match of corporate overlords! “
They continued shouting through cries from committee members, “You’re out of order.” After being confronted directly by SCDP chair Corey Strong, whose opening remarks they had brought to a halt, and by party sergeant-at-arms Thurston Smith, they finally subsided.
The women were offered speaking time at the end of the meeting but, after resuming their seats at the back of the room, would leave before the meeting concluded. Meanwhile, they had live-streamed a video of their exploit, under the head “Live behind enemy lines lol,” on the Facebook page of one Sarah Freels.
Freels was apparently the one of the two who did most of the talking. Besides the video, she had posted other comments during the meeting. Examples: “... I have many more local events planned so they will get to know me very well LOL….They need to know we are shutting their party down.”
The rather choppy video that was live streamed can be seen here: