Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors Paid by Soros’ Groups to Create ‘Viral Moments’
Vice News editor says paid agitators helped protestors create media friendly protests
The editor of Vice News has stated that her team witnessed professional groups, funded by George Soros, using paid agitators to "organize" regular protestors to help them create "viral moments" during the anti-Kavanaugh protests.
Speaking on ABC News's "This Week," Vice's Shawna Thomas said that organizations, such as Soros-funded advocacy group UltraViolet, were manipulating the emotions of genuine protestors to create scenes of "angry protests" that would perform well when shared on social media.
Thomas says some of those protesters opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were just "normal people who were mad," but paid professionals stirred up their anger and guided them into more media-friendly protesting.
Aside from regular protestors, Thomas says she "also saw people who were organized," singling out one of the women who confronted Flake in an elevator on Sept. 28, as an example.
According to Thomas, one of the viral "elevator protestors" worked for UltraViolet and "was paid" to "steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators."
When "This Week" host Jonathan Karl tried to clarify, Thomas added:
"There were people who were paid by organizations like UltraViolet, to -- to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing."
Thomas later clarified her statement further, writing on Twitter that "there were some official organizations in the mix who have staff & consultants that were part of these protests.
"And some of them were helping individuals with tactics.
"That is not the same as ppl being paid to protest who don’t care about this issue."
clarification: I said there were some official organizations in the mix who have staff & consultants that were part of these protests. And some of them were helping individuals with tactics. That is not the same as ppl being paid to protest who don’t care about this issue. https://t.co/SZykSAj8Vt— Shawna Thomas (@Shawna) October 7, 2018
Fox News previously reported that one of the women who confronted Flake is the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a group that has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.
The "#elevatorprotestor" who confront Senator Jeff Flake over support for #JudgeKavanaugh, has admitted during an interview that she works for an organization funded by liberal billionaire #GeorgeSoros.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) October 6, 2018
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Two other women from that organization confronted Republican senators as they walked through the terminal at Reagan National Airport on Oct. 1.
UltraViolet did not immediately respond to requests for comment.