Kavanaugh Protester's STUNNING Soros Claim
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.
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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
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.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 5, 2018
POTUS really believes that George Soros is bankrolling Kavanaugh protesters. https://t.co/f3GJDUbCKv
Trump is accusing sexual assault victims of being Soros-funded operatives.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 5, 2018
And Senate Republicans are about to reward him for it. pic.twitter.com/IzLdSn8cK5
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.
When MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson asked Archila if she's "a paid professional," Archila said, "I work for a community organization, I work for a network of community organizations" adding that it is her "job" to galvanize like-minded activists.
"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 stressed.