Republicans’ Latest Talking Point Is That Protesters= Mob Rule/ As Compared To Trump Rallies

PHOTOS OF PEOPLES ATTENDING PRESIDENT TRUMP RALLIES

When a group of people who support a leader of the ilk of the republican President Donald Trump, singularly committed to a white, nationalistic Evangelical theocracy that continually vilifies Muslims, degrades women, condemns LGBTQ people, and shuns foreigners—accuses you of identity politics, mob rule for daring to protest, then you know their claims to victim-hood is fake news. They rule all three branches of government to where this claim has no merit.

The GOP Grumpy Old Perverts are trotting out the old but reusable talking point that all the protesters that you saw on TV prior to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on 10/6/18  to the US Supreme Court that they are paid for by George Soros.

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SENATORS GRASSLEY/ GRAHAM

The new twist is that these protesters are now equivalent to mob rule. They actually think that we have not been witnesses to the ugliness demonstrated by folks at President Trump’s campaign rallies and those Tea Party protests during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Americans participating in protests is the American way. We would not have made progress in major areas like the 1964 Civil Rights Act and exposing the truth about the Vietnam War without them.

These same right wingers have tried to paint the “Black Lives Matter’ Movement as a terrorist organization which is an outright lie. They are lying again as this is what they do to exacerbate the divide we are experiencing in the USA.

You all know the antidote to this craziness. Get out and vote by mail, early voting or showing up at the polls around November 6, 2018. Take time to verify your data on the voting rolls in your state.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On October 5, 2018, Salvador Rizzo of the Washington Post Prnned the following fact-check report, “No, George Soros isn’t paying Kavanaugh protesters”

Excerpts:

Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network: “Do you believe George Soros is behind all of this, paying these people to get you and your colleagues in elevators or wherever they can get in your face?”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa): “I have heard so many people believe that. I tend to believe it. I believe it fits in his attack mode that he has and how he uses his billions and billions of resources.”

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— Exchange on “Mornings With Maria” on Fox Business Network, Oct. 5, 2018

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers”

“Liberal billionaire George Soros has been a boogeyman for conservatives ever since he spent $27 million to oppose President George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004.”

“A Hungarian American who supports a range of liberal groups and causes, Soros, who is Jewish, has been cast as the antagonist of conspiracy theories large and small circulating on the right for more than a decade.”

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Tea Party Obama protests, 2009-2015

“The latest one: As protesters fill the Capitol to oppose Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court — challenging senators on elevators, in hallways and outside their offices — Trump and Grassley are playing down the uproar as a sideshow orchestrated by the invisible hand of Soros.”

“Polls show Americans are divided over Kavanaugh’s nomination. The judge has faced sexual misconduct accusations from Christine Blasey Ford and other women. He could tilt the balance on the court to the right if, as expected, he replaces the more centrist Anthony M. Kennedy. More than 20 million people tuned in to watch Ford and Kavanaugh testify about the sexual assault allegations.”

“In short, with the stakes so high and the confirmation battle drawing so much attention, it’s not hard to imagine that protesters would be descending on Washington without checks from Soros. Is he paying protesters or not?”

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The Facts

“Grassley gave an interview to Fox Business Network in which the host, Maria Bartiromo, asked whether he believed Soros was paying the anti-Kavanaugh protesters confronting senators. Grassley said, “I tend to believe it” because “it fits his attack mode.”

“Eighty minutes later, Trump tweeted that the protesters’ signs were “paid for by Soros and others.”

Grassley’s staff provided three articles from conservative media for support. Fox News reported Oct. 3 that the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on a Capitol elevator were affiliated with the Center for Popular Democracy, a liberal advocacy group. Members of the group also hounded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) at Reagan National Airport, Fox News said.

SEN. GRASSLEY

“Seemingly organic, powerful protests,” Fox News reported. “But in both instances, the women involved came from a nonprofit called Center for Popular Democracy that has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, records show.”

“A Sept. 30 article in the National Review noted that the two women who confronted Flake — a video of their encounter went viral — were Ana Maria Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, and Maggie Gallagher, a 23-year-old activist with the group.”

“Perhaps because the women expressed such raw emotion, few media outlets dug into their political activism,” the National Review reported. “The Center is a left-wing group that is heavily funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Indeed, as of 2014, the Open Society was one of the three largest donors to the group.”

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“A Sept. 19 article in the Daily Caller noted that the Center for Popular Democracy and two other groups, the Women’s March and Housing Works, organized a conference call detailing plans to provide protesters with $50 in case they were arrested at the Capitol. These payments, known as “post-and-forfeit,” are basically a form of bail.”

“Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democratic donors hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the activists revealed Monday night,” the Daily Caller reported.”

“PolitiFact last year gave a “Pants on Fire” rating to the claim that Soros was paying Women’s March protesters. We found no record of any grants or donations from Soros or his Open Society Foundations to Housing Works.”

Sam Stein

@samstein

I spent a day shadowing the women protesting Kavanaugh. They’re sleeping at local churches, having friends pick up their kids at school, literally shaking w/ fear about telling their assault stories. Progressive groups helped with organizing. But they ain’t paying these folks

Wendy Brandes

@WendyBrandes

Smh. I spent >$400 going to DC. It was a money loser, not an income source.

“Andrew Friedman, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, said the Open Society Foundations contribute more than $1 million a year. That total is split up between the center itself, which is a nonprofit, and the Center for Popular Democracy Action, a 501(c)(4) political advocacy group.”

“The center received $12.5 million in gifts, grants and contributions in fiscal 2016 and $13.2 million in fiscal 2015, according to its yearly tax filings. The 501(c)(4) received nearly $3 million total in gifts, grants and contributions in fiscal 2016 and $2.3 million in fiscal 2015.”

“Most of the Open Society Foundations’ money comes with strings attached, Friedman said. The Open Society Foundations provides grants for economic justice programs, and that money was not for “post-and-forfeit” payments for the Kavanaugh protests, he said. The Soros group also provides a minor amount of funding for general operating expenses, but none of that money is used for post-and-forfeit payments, either, Friedman said.”

“It’s a totally fallacious accusation,” he said.”

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“Jennifer Flynn Walker, director of advocacy and mobilization for both the center and its 501(c)(4) arm, said protesters are not being paid. Soros has no involvement in the group’s organizing efforts or strategy sessions for opposing Kavanaugh, she added.”

“A payment means someone has money at the end of the day to go buy milk for their family,” she said. “We help people with post-and-forfeit. You get it for the hour or so at the Capitol, and then if you get arrested, you give it to the Capitol Police. You don’t take it home. And if you don’t get arrested, you give it back to us.”

“Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for the Open Society Foundations, said the organization “has long supported the work of the Center for Popular Democracy.”

“The decision to discuss the Kavanaugh nomination with Senator Flake was obviously a deeply personal one, and Ms. Ana Maria Archila has explained her thinking and motivations for doing so; the decision was entirely independent of OSF’s support,” Silber added. “That said, the foundations proudly support the right of all citizens to make their voices heard by their elected representatives — a bedrock principle of our democracy that surely Fox News believes in as well.”

“The latest two grants to the Center for Popular Democracy came this year, Silber said. One, for $100,000, was designated to recruit and train activists on pushing “progressive policies on health care,” she said. ”

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The Pinocchio Test

“First the Daily Caller, then the National Review, then Fox News, then Maria Bartiromo, then Grassley, then the president of the United States — each cried “Soros” to play down the outrage on Capitol Hill over Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

“But the evidence that the Open Society Foundations is somehow paying these protesters doesn’t add up. The post-and-forfeit payments are not coming from Soros money, according to an on-the-record interview with the Center for Popular Democracy’s co-executive director. The Soros group said it provided $1.3 million this year for other, specific programs.”

“The Center for Popular Democracy does not get most of its money from the Open Society Foundations anyway. It received $1 million to $1.5 million a year out of a total $15.5 million a year in grants, gifts and contributions.”

“The balance tips heavily toward “Soros conspiracy theory” rather than “Soros facts” in this case. There is some, indirect money from Soros associated with the groups that confronted senators in elevators, but it is wrong to claim the protesters were paid by Soros or directed by him. Grassley and Trump each earn Three Pinocchios.”

Three Pinocchios

12 comments

  1. Gronda, this is vintage Trump right out of the narcissist playbook. Blame others for what you are criticized of. The whole point is “it is not me, it then.” The secondary is the “both sides do it, so it is OK if I do it.”

    If you read a list of narcissist attributes, the false accusation is on the list. Trump is on record as lying 69% of the time. The 31% usually includes embellishment on somewhat truthful statements. So, when he says anything, it mostly untrue.

    His purpose for the pep rallies is to rev up the crowd into a mob. It is that simple. So, people that actually protest must be paid and are a mob.

    I try not to curse when I speak of Trump. It is quite difficult. So, let me just say five biographers have reported that Trump has trouble with the truth. So, how do we know he is a sexual predator – simply because he said he is not. The odds are in your favor to believe that he is. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You are so right. He continues to lie in same way even when the lie has been exposed with 4 Pinocchios. President Trump is used to his base, buying anything he says.

      Shortly after he was elected, I had been consistently saying that his Russian connections would eventually sink him.

      The GOP and President Trump’s support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will pay even a bigger price tag for their poor decision making in backing this wrong horse. It’s only a matter of time.

      His condoning Nazis mob in Charlotte by equating them with those protesting them; his inciting his base to commit violence at his rallies, are instances in his record which doesn’t give him any credibility on this subject. He suffers from short memory deficits.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, the man knows good news does not sell, so he is attacking the Dems. Get the fear out – the Dems are coming! People should be able to see through this BS, but too many don’t. Keith

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        • PS – By the way, I saw Grassley channeling his Trump face saying in an interview that he heard several people saying that Soros money is paying for protestors, so he believes it could be true. Really? These women are reacting to sexual assault victims not being heard and patronized. Keith

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        • Dear Keith,

          They are getting on the Trump wagon by channeling and acting like jerks. This shtick that President Trump has gotten away with so far, just makes them look pathetic. They all look like Grumpy Old Perverts, dinosaurs who are feeling their oats which will be short lived. They know what’s coming.

          Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Holly,

      President Trump’s rallies do seem to be filed with those who are prone to mob-like thinking and he has not shown any inclination to dampen their penchant for hate filled rhetoric.

      Those protesters on 10/6/18 or before could not begin to compete with the rowdiness on display at the president’s rallies.

      I am now thinking that all those GOP donors must have been paying off all those tea party protesters during President Obama’s era. That’s why they continue to accuse democrats of doing likewise.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. It seems to me that only those who are themselves guilty will be likely to see conspirators lurking behind every tree and conspiracy theories within every action. It is telling of the character, or lack thereof, of the republicans and their party.
    Hugs!

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    • Dear Jill,

      Projection is the word. When someone is guilty of some wrongdoing, point the finger to some other party to accuse them of doing the same thing.

      I’ve suspected that the tea party protesters may have been paid by those big money donors during President Obama’s administration. You notice that we haven’t seen many of these protests while President Trump has been in the White House.

      The republicans penchant for conspiracy theories comes from this feeling of victim-hood where they keep thinking that there are those out there, always conspiring to work against their interests.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Projection! That was the word I was looking for! Exactly so. It’s like the kid who comes running in to tattle on his sister for doing what he, himself, did. I know, for I had just such a kid. 😉 I’m concerned, though, for the masses are buying Trump’s conspiracy theories. Sigh. Tomorrow will look brighter … right?
        Hugs!!!

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