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Remember the "Wheelchair-bound granny thrown off a cliff" ad? Guess what.

 

Back in 2011, when Paul Ryan and House Republicans first attempted to privatize Medicare, a progressive PAC ran the ad above. In it, "America the Beautiful" plays as we see a young, Paul Ryan-ish looking young man pushing an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman down a nature path...and eventually pushing her right off of a cliff. Needless to say, it caused quite a bit of controversy at the time.

Earlier today, as the GOP Senate's BCRAP bill was released, this happened:

Huge protest inside and outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell's office happening right now. pic.twitter.com/Iu9wet6cXx

— Mariam Khan (@MKhan47) June 22, 2017

Wheelchair users dragged away from McConnell’s office for protesting health care bill

Dozens of disability rights activists were arrested.

Activists in wheelchairs protesting the Senate’s newly-released health care bill were arrested and dragged from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday.

...Initially, the demonstration was a relatively peaceful show of dissent, as a large number of protesters gathered outside of McConnell’s office to voice their anger, with some yelling, “I’d rather go to jail than die without Medicaid!” (McConnell was not in his office at the time of the protest, as he was introducing the health bill, while arguing it would “strengthen Medicaid.”)

But the situation appeared to deteriorate as police attempted to remove protesters. ADAPT’s D.C. area branch tweeted that officers were picking people up and dropping them, which video footage of the incident appears to corroborate. Several onlookers also reported seeing blood on the floor as activists were hauled away by police.

Blood on the floor outside of Leader Mcconnell's office as protestors are physically being removed. pic.twitter.com/z4gVd9t1qe

— Mariam Khan (@MKhan47) June 22, 2017