‘Don’t fall for it!’ Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are paid professionals backed by Soros, Trump says
The “rude elevator screamers” protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court are “paid professionals” who are backed by George Soros, US President Donald Trump has tweeted.
In the same tweet, the US president also encouraged his followers to “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!” He ended his tweet with the hashtag #troublemakers.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
Trump’s comments come just one day after thousands of women took to the streets of Washington DC in a final appeal to senators to reject the nomination of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. The demonstration led to several arrests, including of actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski.
The “rude elevator screamers” comment most likely refers to the women who confronted US Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated the fate of the nomination.
One woman was revealed to be Ana Maria Archila, who happened to be the co-executive director of a non-profit activist group called Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) – which happens to receive generous funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
In fact, records show that Soros’ organization is among the CPD’s three largest donors, giving $1.5 million to the group in 2016 and 2017. Another $1,164,500 was given in 2015 and $130,000 in 2014.
However, the generosity didn’t end there. A total of $1.2 million was donated to the sister organization, Center for Popular Democracy Action, which organized protests against Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings in early September.
However, Archila wasn’t the only CPD employee to confront a US senator. In separate incidents, CPD justice campaign director Tracey Corder confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
The list continues with CPD co-executive director Jennifer Epps-Addison, who confronted Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) along with two other women.
Even so, the president's critics were quick to lash out at his tweet, with some even claiming that his remarks against Soros were "anti-Semitic."
Uh oh. Trump used that “paid for by Soros” rhetoric. That’s a major anti-Semitic dog whistle used by many white supremacists— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 5, 2018
One thing about the lie that Kavanaugh protestors are Soros-funded: it's anti-Semitic and rejects the legitimacy of dissent. But it's also projection: This is in fact what Republicans have done, e.g. in the "Brooks brothers riot" against a Florida recount https://t.co/YlRrflk8hU— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 5, 2018
However, more people online were totally baffled by that claim, with some noting that Trump is a huge supporter of Israel.
So now anytime you mention George Soros in a negative manner you are anti-Semitic. This is ludicrous. Trump is the largest supporter of Israel to ever hold the office. https://t.co/wDfp5ZGWYg— Jason Bermas (@JasonBermas) October 5, 2018
Allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford while the two were in high school led to both sides delivering testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Shortly after the hearing, Trump agreed to open a limited FBI investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh, which concluded two days before its Friday deadline. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stated on Thursday that there was “no hint” of sexual misconduct in the FBI report, but Democrats have criticized the probe as being incomplete.
Meanwhile, in yet another anti-Kavanaugh action, a small number of protesters gathered outside McConnell’s house on Friday holding cans of beer and signing “What do you do with a drunken justice?”
"What do we do with a drunken justice?" Protesters stage Kavanaugh confirmation kegger outside Mitch McConnell's home in advance of cloture vote #StopKavanaugh#CANCELKAVANAUGHpic.twitter.com/Ngd7masOck— L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman) October 5, 2018
That line appears to reference the fact that Kavanaugh’s history of drinking beer while in high school came up numerous times during his testimony, and to the fact that a former classmate at Yale described him as being an “aggressive drunk” in college.
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