We’ve heard a lot about this throughout the election, but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Anti-Trump organizers are back at it again with paying protesters. The groups are now in over 20 cities and are offering up to $2,500 to protest.
One such organization is calling themselves the, “Largest Private Grassroots Support Organization in the United States.” This organization is offering exactly $2,500 to protest and cause trouble at the Inauguration.
The add posted on Backpage.com was posted on January 12th and was seeking “Operatives” to help in their protest. The ad read:
Demand Protest is the largest private grassroots support organization in the United States. We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!
We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.
PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to attend an in-person workshop and sign our standard non-disclosure agreement.
As a Demand Protest operative you will receive a monthly retainer of $2,500 on top of our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year. We are extremely flexible and can work with almost any existing work schedule. Full-time operatives receive health, vision and dental insurance for families, flexible vacations, and paid trainings. Travel expenses are always paid.
All operatives have access to our 24/7 phone helpdesk in addition to in-person support at events.
For many of us, we take this as enough evidence, but many people and news agencies are refusing to believe any of it. Trump himself has voiced his opinions on how the primary agitators were paid. The Washington times reported that the protests were nothing but Grassroots:
“There’s simply no credible evidence that the opposition to Trump is spurred by anything other than legitimate concern about what his presidency might entail,” said a Nov. 17 column in the Washington Post’s The Fix.
PolitiFact reported that a widely shared Nov. 11 article claiming an anti-Trump protester was paid $3,500 was fake news created by Paul Horner, who runs a number of phony news sites.
We’re not sure how anyone can deny these types of posts, but they do. The website continued to say:
“We are strategists mobilizing millennials across the globe with seeded audiences and desirable messages,” says the website. “With absolute discretion a top priority, our operatives create convincing scenes that become the building blocks of massive movements. When you need the appearance of outrage, we are able to deliver it at scale while keeping your reputation intact.”
What do you think about these paid protestors? Do you think they should be shut down or do you think it’s their freedom?