Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

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Demand Protest ads running seek operatives to “send a strong message” at presidential inauguration

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events.

Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on Backpage.com seeking “operatives.”

“Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad.

“We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” the ad continues. “We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.”

The job offers a monthly retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” as well as health, vision and dental insurance for full-time operatives.

Mr. Trump has complained about paid activists both before and after the 2016 presidential campaign, but if anti-Trump advocacy groups are juicing their crowds with hired help, nobody’s admitting it.

“There’s simply no credible evidence that the opposition to Trump is spurred by anything other than legitimate concern about what his presidency might entail,” said a Nov. 17 column in the Washington Post’s The Fix.

PolitiFact reported that a widely shared Nov. 11 article claiming an anti-Trump protester was paid $3,500 was fake news created by Paul Horner, who runs a number of phony news sites.

If the Demand Protest ads are ruses, however, someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to sell the scam. The classifieds are running in at least two dozen cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Houston, and the company operates a slick website that includes contact information.

A San Francisco phone number listed on the website was answered with a voice-mail message identifying the company by name. A request for comment left Monday evening was not immediately returned.

The website, which says that the company has provided 1,817 operatives for 48 campaigns, promises “deniability,” assuring clients that “we can ensure that all actions will appear genuine to media and public observers.”

“We are strategists mobilizing millennials across the globe with seeded audiences and desirable messages,” says the website. “With absolute discretion a top priority, our operatives create convincing scenes that become the building blocks of massive movements. When you need the appearance of outrage, we are able to deliver it at scale while keeping your reputation intact.”

More than 100 left-wing groups, led by organizations such as Occupy Inauguration and the DisruptJ20 coalition, are calling on Trump foes to participate in inauguration protests being organized in Washington, D.C., and all 50 states.

The demonstrations are aimed at disrupting Friday’s inaugural ceremony and parade, as well as balls and festivities pegged to the celebration.

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‘Under Obama, family median income dropped and Democratic Party imploded’

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There was a great opportunity for the Democrats in 2008, but Obama’s policies have resulted in the Democratic Party now being on the verge of collapse, journalist Jack Rasmus told RT. Retired US Army GeneralPaul E. Vallely also provided his views.

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On Tuesday Barack Obama gave his farewell presidential address in Chicago. He said America is in a “better, stronger place” than when he took office eight years ago. He also seemed hopeful about the future of the US.

RT: How do you think history will judge President Obama’s eight years in the White House?

Jack Rasmus: Well, I think his two greatest legacies, and there are a number of them are not that positive. One – on his watch here for the last eight years notwithstanding on the positive things he said about how we’re supposed to be better off than we were eight years ago, which is debatable – the biggest legacy is that certainly the wealthy have recovered very dramatically. Ninety-seven percent of all of the net income gains since 2008 have gone to the wealthiest one percent. Households, at the same time, the middle class, the median family income has continued to decline every year in real terms. I think that is going to be a legacy which is worse than under George W. Bush, and worse than under Clinton.

Any other legacy that people are not talking about is that on his watch, as the head of the Democratic Party, that party has almost imploded: roughly two-thirds of all the state legislatures and governorships are now in the hands of Republicans. Clearly, there was a great opportunity in 2008, and it was the Obama policies that have resulted in the Democratic Party being in such a bad shape. It may not even recover from here going forward. So those two things will be the primary legacies here.

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Also, he kind of governed from Washington. He sat behind the desk. Unlike other presidents you didn’t see him that much on television giving speeches to the nation, trying to rally people around his policies and going out touring the country as other presidents have done to try to rally support.

He stayed in Washington behind the desk there and played it very cautious on a whole number of fronts. We see the result of that. The country is not better off, regardless of what he said. In a whole number of ways it’s worse off, it is more divided. His speech talked about solidarity because clearly, the country is very, very divided. Even his ratings are a little bit higher than they were two years ago. It was just two years ago that they were as bad as George W. Bush in 2008. So they couldn’t get much worse.

RT: Back in 2008, Barack Obama said he would “not waste a minute” in trying to resolve conflicts in the Middle East. Did he live up to that promise?

JR: Clearly, the Iran deal was something of a win, but the whole Middle East is on fire still, and that hasn’t been corrected. We’re still in a 16-year war in Afghanistan with the government their collapsing. We’re still fighting ISIS in Iraq. The foreign policy – we’re dangerously here arming Eastern Europe. The neocons and the US State Department ran amok on his watch in Ukraine and elsewhere, and he put a stake in the ground for a possible future confrontation with China. So foreign policy has not been the best of his records.

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‘Delusional state of mind’

When you look at the economics, you look at the Middle East, you look at all the failures that we’ve had from a foreign policy standpoint, his presidency will go down as a failure, says Paul E. Vallely, retired US Army General.

RT: How do you think history will judge President Obama’s eight years in the White House?

Paul E Vallely: … I think the legacy will be that he has had a failure as a president over eight years. Many things are not as he explains it – I guess sort of living in what we call a delusional state of mind, not looking at the reality of the world. When you look at the economics, you look at the Middle East, you look at all the failures that we’ve had from a foreign policy standpoint, his presidency will go down as a failure in my opinion.

RT: In his speech, Obama said: “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years.” Do you think he has succeeded in reducing the terror threat?

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PV: No, it is actually increased not only in the US and coming across to our borders and radicalizing a lot of – what we might call immigrants who have come into this country – plus others who have become a terror threat unto its own in our cities and in our neighborhoods. When you look at what’s happened in Europe, and throughout even the Middle East and Turkey, we’ve had an increase in radical Islamic terrorism. So it is not true that we’re better off than we were before. We’re actually under a bigger threat than ever.

RT: Do you think that is because of US foreign policy? Yesterday the director of the CIA said that the Obama administration made a mistake when it hoped to impose Western values and Western-style democracy in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. Do you think there is a link between foreign policy and the issues that you’ve just raised?

PV: Sure there is. When we look back, Iraq was never a real threat to the US. They were economically really in bad shape. So when Bush went into Iraq and Afghanistan, they attempted to do nation building, basically trying to bring some kind of democracy to those countries and cultures, which was really counter to Islam and Sharia law, and it would never have worked.

It was very naïve for our leaders to think we could go into the Middle East and make them into democracies. As we well know, democracy has to grow from within, not from without. This has been a very big issue in the US. Our foreign policy has not been well-thought out with vision and strategy that we need to have in order to help countries, not to get in and cause chaos and disturbance.

There has not been a smooth transition [of power] as he had with President [George W.] Bush. There’s been constant fake news put in the media and spread by broadcasting networks like CNN… this has created a lot of disturbances. But listen. President-elect Trump and his new cabinet, staff and transition team, they’re above it all. And they’re not stooping down to believe that any of this is going to have any effect on our new president in 10 days. It’s going to be a whole new different American that we’re going to see here.

What Pisses Me Off About The “F@&K White People” Chicago Kidnapping Stefan Molyneux

Da Negist 

CNN and the Chicago PD are already saying it wasn’t a hate crime and that he was targeted because of his mental handicap.
Aleksandra Ostrowska

This is what happens when the media pretends blacks can’t be racist.
adobo777

Funny, I don’t see this on any of the news… take a look at BBC or CNN.. NADA! Now why is that?
StopWatch

He was mentally disabled? So these sick fucks couldn’t even kidnap and torture a white man capable of defending himself? Unfucking believable.
Bob Lake

I managed to make it to 60 years old as a peaceful old hippy, not hating anyone. In the past year , I have been exposed to radical feminism and BLM and now i find myself seething at the world.
Jae Phøenïx

History and culture matter, you can’t turn Africa into Japan. Africans left to their own devices create societies like Somalia and Ethiopia.
Clorox Bleach

White lives matter
Frig Off

it’s the media’s fault, all the bs “Trump is a racist” rhetoric that has no basis is reality. BLM ideology is cancerous and needs to be put on the terror watchlist
k4yser

if it was a black guy, hollywood would pull out a movie about this within this year.

White House: Too Early to Tell if Chicago Beating was a Hate Crime

Published on Jan 5, 2017

watcherjohnny

Thank God this impish tard will be gone in a few weeks.
Ricovali

In 2018 democrats have ten seats in the Senate up for grabs and I predict they will lose most of them. Which will mean the end of any threat of the democrats socialist agenda.
AndyFromBeaverton

If 4 white kids tortured a black kid for supporting Hillary, we all know it would be considered a hate crime.
Jack Foobar

That Hussein motherfucker can’t be gone soon enough.
OrangeJackson

The Obama White House was a hate crime.
Thomas Springhower

It shouldn’t be an outrage to a lot of Americans it should be an outrage to ALL Americans! Do not let this crime go unpunished, don’t let them sweep this under the rug!
kendallred5

This incident doesn’t push this administration’s agenda.
Tom Smith

Chicongo nigger osambo will never admit this is a hate crime. Fuck this illicit junta.
scottysols

Obama is race-baiting, racist, irrelevant trash. Jan 20th can’t come soon enough. This will be his legacy and he will be viewed as a disgrace.

Chicago Police Hold Press Conference Addressing Facebook Live Video Depicting Beating of ‘Traumatized’ Chicago Man

by KATIE MCHUGH4 Jan 2017

Chicago Police held a press conference Wednesday evening to address a Facebook live video showing assailants beating and at one point slashing a victim tied up in an apartment, in which they were heard saying “f*** white people” and “f*** Trump.”

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https://www.periscope.tv/w/1mrGmNejzAwJy

Lt. Stephen Sesso said:

Some alert 11th District officers encountered an individual that didn’t seem right. They saw that this individual was in distress; he was in crisis. And they cared enough to do something about it. This individual was taken to the hospital, and an investigation conducted. At the same time, there were some individuals from another incident taken into custody at roughly the same address. The officers working together hand in hand were able to put together that the individual they encountered in distress was missing from one of our suburbs, and considered an ‘endangered missing.’

“The address they found the individual at coincides with the address of the rest of some of those individuals. So, in the course of talking to the individual who was in distress, they were able to determine the location was most likely one in the same,” he continued. Police then detained the suspects.

Sesso turned the conference over to Commander Kevin Duffin, who said detectives “communicated with the suburb” from which the victim was missing.

Two of the suspects are adult males and the other two were adult females, and three were from Chicago, Duffin said. “They have given videotaped statements, and currently the Cook County attorney’s office is… interviewing the victim,” Duffin said. “We anticipate charges in the next 24 hours.”

A reporter asked how the victim got to Chicago. “He is an acquaintance of one of these subjects,” Duffin answered, “and apparently they met out in the suburbs. These then subjects stole a van out in the suburbs and brought him to Chicago.”

“So kidnapped out in the suburbs?” a reporter asked.

“We’re still talking to the victim, so it’s quite a possibility that it is a kidnapping,” Duffin replied. “That’s certainly one of the charges we’ll be seeking if it turns out to be that.”

The victim is “traumatized by the incident,” Duffin said, “and it’s very difficult to communicate with him at this point.” Duffin also denied the crime had a drug connection.

Another reporter asked how long were the individuals held in custody.

“It appears at least 24 hours,” Duffin replied. “We’re thinking as long as 48 hours.” There was a “missing persons” report filed in the suburbs, Duffin confirmed.

Asked if the videotaped incident would be considered a hate crime, police superintendent Eddie Johnson said that “If the facts guide us in that direction, then we’ll certainly charge them appropriately.”

Johnson called the video “sickening”: “It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop for 28 years and I’ve seen things you shouldn’t see in a lifetime. It still amazes me how you still see things you just shouldn’t. So I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”

Another reporter asked about things said in the video of the attack about white people and Donald Trump. “You know, although they are adults, they’re 18,” Duffin said. “Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults, but they’re young adults and they make stupid decisions. That certainly will be part of whether or not a hate crime is — seek a hate crime and determine whether or not this is sincere or just ranting and raving.”

Asked if police have a motive for the attack, Duffin said they “have not.”

“You said he [the victim] knew one of them. How?” a reporter asked. Duffin replied, “They attended a school together in the suburbs.”

No other adults were involved, Duffin said. One of the suspects under investigation by Chicago police is a woman who broadcast the attack on Facebook Live.

“I don’t want to get into his medical condition. He was traumatized fairly good. Like I said, I mean, it took most of the night for him to calm down enough for him to be able to talk to us.”

“It appears he initially went voluntarily with the one subject he knew,” Duffin added. “I don’t know how the other three got involved. Like I said, we’re still investigating.”

Watch the press conference on the Chicago police’s official Periscope feed here.