As media outlets accused the president of spreading a conspiracy about George Soros paying protesters, one protester admitted on MSNBC that she works for a Soros-funded activist group.
President Donald Trump slammed protesters opposed to Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, accusing the women who confronted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of being paid by billionaire liberal activist George Soros. (RELATED: Trump Warns Senators Not To Scare From Soros-Backed Anti-Kavanaugh Activists)
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
The Daily Beast, Think Progress, and others accused Trump of peddling a conspiracy and expressed disbelief that the anti-Kavanaugh protesters might have been paid by Soros.
Trump goes full conspiracy nut, says Kavanaugh protestors were “paid for by Soros” https://t.co/8gsbBtVSRN
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 5, 2018
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) October 5, 2018
I’m sorry but the “Soros is paying them” trope from the president of the United States is … wow. Read (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. https://t.co/TGHqkEqxI0 https://t.co/lvg7sch5gQ
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) October 5, 2018
President Trump tweet dismisses Capitol Hill protesters — including those who have told stories of sexual assault — as “paid professionals” bent on making senators “look bad” in service to George Soros. https://t.co/oqHP7a03mx
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 5, 2018
Holy shit. I had to triple check that this wasn’t from a Trump parody account.
POTUS really believes that George Soros is bankrolling Kavanaugh protesters. https://t.co/f3GJDUbCKv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 5, 2018
Trump is accusing sexual assault victims of being Soros-funded operatives.
And Senate Republicans are about to reward him for it. pic.twitter.com/IzLdSn8cK5
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 5, 2018
One of the two protesters who confronted Flake in the elevator is Ana Maria Archila, an executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). The other protester, Maria Gallagher, is an activist with the group. The CPD is indeed heavily funded by George Soros through the Open Society Foundation.
The Center for Popular Democracy’s homepage features an image of Archila and Gallagher yelling at Flake and urges supporters to “join” Archila.
During an interview on MSNBC Friday, Archila confirmed that she works for CPD and did not deny Trump’s characterization of her efforts.
“Are you a paid professional?” MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson asked Archila.
“I work for a community organization, I work for a network of community organizations,” Archila said, adding that it is her “job” to organize people into action.
“If the president wants to know whether I work for a social justice organization, the answer is yes. And I’ve worked for a social justice organization since I was 23. That’s not news,” she asserted.
The Daily Caller News Foundation also reported several weeks ago that Soros-backed activists were giving cash to anti-Kavanaugh protesters who were getting arrested at the judge’s confirmation hearings. (RELATED: Soros-Backed Activists Slip Cash To Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Before Arrests)
“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,” TheDCNF reported.