What Progressives Can Learn from Right Wing Organizing

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Protesters gather and hold signs during the Tea Party Express rally on September 12, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Following the inauguration of Donald Trump, opposition on the left was quick to mobilize nationally. Between the Women's March on Washington and last weekend's flurry of protests at airports across the country, progressives appear to have found a unifying energy that was largely absent during the Obama years.

Within that mounting resistance, some are beginning to see echoes of the Tea Party movement, a conservative lightning rod that reached its peak after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and ultimately changed the nature of the Republican Party. 

One of the leaders of that movement was Matt Kibbe, who helped found the grassroots advocacy group FreedomWorks in 2004. Kibbe saw firsthand how quickly the movement mobilized around a shared opposition to government spending and tax hikes. But he was also there as the line between the Tea Party and the Republican Party began to blur, and he discusses big money's relationship with the movement.

While it remains to be seen whether the left-wing movement can deliver the same results as the Tea Party at its height, Kibbe joins The Takeaway today to assess the growing progressive coalition.