Anti-Trump Protests: Proof Of Professional Activist Involvement

Tyler Durden's picture

In a story from November 12, USA Today writes an article to discredit the idea that the professional activist community is involved with organizing anti-Trump protests. They invite you to meet the protesters. USA today presents them as ordinary people. However, WikiLeaks exposes them as experienced protest organizers and activists.

USA Today presents the protests as spontaneous, involving people from “all walks of life” – certainly not professional protesters. If anyone in the crowd has protest experience, it hasn’t been since the Vietnam Era:

They come in all ages and walks of life, unflinching and determined to be heard.


Mothers with young children, hoping to impart an up-close lesson in history. Animated college students stretching their political vocal cords for the first time. Aging Baby Boomers who haven't toted a protest sign since their anti-war days in the 1970s.

Ben Wikler, Washington director for the professional activist group MoveOn, is quoted – only to insist that these are not organized protests but an “enormous outpouring of spontaneous energy and concern.”

MoveOn urged Americans to gather peacefully to "take a continued stand against misogyny, racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia." Within hours, about 275 protests and vigils had been organized nationwide Wednesday, Wikler said. "There was an enormous outpouring of spontaneous energy and concern."

So should we expect that everyone quoted in that article is there out of spontaneous concern? Would a reputable newspaper properly identify its sources, noting if they were known activists and organizers? Let’s meet USA Today’s first protester:

Yong Jung Cho, 26, who organized a candlelight vigil in front of the White House on Wednesday night, said about 2,000 people showed up. "Together, we sang, we cried and we marched" to Trump's hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. "In this moment, the protests are showing the people, the country and the world that we are here for each other."

USA Today presents Yong Jung Cho without any introduction. Is she an average citizen, or an experienced protest coordinator? In a February 2016 email from the Podesta files, Yong Jung Cho is described as “350 Action Campaign Coordinator”.

On twitter, she claims credit for organizing the protest in an offhanded way that shows she does not consider herself to be a rookie:

The profile for this promising young activist at netrootsnation highlights her experience as an organizer on the protest scene and her involvement with the presidential primary at the state level:

So USA Today’s first person from “all walks of life” is an organizer who has experience on the activist circuit, and in that capacity she worked on the presidential primary. Not exactly the “spontaneous concern” presented by the newspaper.

How about another source, someone that USA Today introduces by more than just a name? Here’s Phil Roeder, a public school official with no disclosed interest except the welfare of his students:

"The majority of students at Des Moines Public Schools are students of color," Phil Roeder, the district's director of communications and public affairs, said in a statement earlier this week. "The rhetoric of this past election has caused many concerns and divisions among them, their friends and their families. The school district will not stand in the way of our students peacefully expressing their concerns."

So: Phil Roeder, concerned public servant without a partisan agenda, or veteran Democratic activist? Once again, WikiLeaks can shed some light on that question.

In the same 2014 email from the Podesta collection, we find that many of the activists in the Iowa organization had private meetings with Obama and Clinton, and that Phil Roeder was prominent in the group. It is not surprising that he would want to be quoted in an anti-Trump piece after Clinton’s defeat, but it would be surprising for an honest newspaper to fail to disclose that connection to the readers.

Phil Roeder is well-enough connected in Democratic circles that he merits more than one mention in WikiLeaks. In May 2015 in the Podesta emails – some years after Roeder became a prominent political organizer in Iowa – we find a Hillary Rapid Response document on Iowa, in an attachment for Iowa flagged “Do Not Distribute”, including this press clipping:

So the Iowa Daily Democrat recognizes Phil Roeder as a Democratic strategist, but somehow USA Today didn’t.

USA Today cites an academic who reassures us that these are not professionally organized protests:

The demonstrations have not been "premeditated,"  said Kari Winter, a University at Buffalo professor of American studies who has researched protest movements.

If the demonstrations aren’t premeditated, then why are all these average citizens actually well-connected activists and protest organizers? USA Today has misrepresented its sources in a way that falsifies their own narrative that the closest we have to protesters are old-timers who “haven’t toted a protest sign since their anti-war days in the 1970s”. USA Today has instead helped demonstrate that the professional protest community is in fact behind the current political protests.

Though seen as a reputable newspaper (if biased, recall its editorial board declared "Trump is 'unfit for the presidency') USA Today should have identified at least some of its sources accurately. Is the quoted academic Kari Winter “professor of American studies”? That’s not quite how her employer describes her.

USA Today may not have accurately introduced anyone quoted in that article other than a high school student and the MoveOn activist.

There is one more WikiLeaks connection for this article: USA Today appears in the WikiLeaks, and not always in a capacity different from the activists. In this leaked email, the DNC schedule for an upcoming “earned media” campaign shows complete confidence that the editorial board of USA Today and other organizations will coordinate their schedules and their editorial priorities to suit the DNC.

The DNC treats reporters, newspapers, activist groups and PACs as all part of the campaign. The DNC draws no distinction between key allies and reporters. This USA Today story shows that the DNC is probably right about that.

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Belrev's picture

Of course it is Soros paying for them. This is how Hillary Clinton is respecting the results of the election.

In the end these riots in the last two months of his presidency will be remembered as Obama's legacy. Going down in flames.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Belrev Nov 13, 2016 12:46 PM

Shocker! (free ecstasy 'poppers' for all!)

Muddy1's picture

Bought and paid for by Soros.

Approved by the chief community organizer himself, Barrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaak Obama.

chunga's picture

Yeah I call bullshit on this. I said earlier on a Banzai thread that both Soros and the Klintone Foundation should be seized under the bogus "Civil Forfeiture" laws, while criminal investigations are pending. Then shit-can civil forfeiture laws.

Belrev's picture

CNN fakes protester rage in Chicago using own cameraman

Manthong's picture

Cultural Marxist Airhead Mantra, stolen from Winston Churchill…  

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, this nation or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, we don’t give a flying F*ck.

jcaz's picture

They're not exactly sly- different locations, yet the same posterboards- jeez......

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Not only that, but if it was spontaneous, you'd think a few people would have started protesting Tuesday night? But nooooo, just crickets and tears until MoveOn started organizing.

'Crickets and Tears'.....that's going to be the name of my new band.

Bad Attitude's picture

Nothing the Democrats do is spontaneous, and USA Today was never objective. It has always been an organ of the Democrats used to shape public opinion.

In the early 90s, I subscribed to USA Today to get advanced notice of upcoming legislative pushes. USA Today would start publishing articles and editorials supporting a particular issue, then a couple weeks later there would be legislation introduced by Democrats in Congress to "address" the issue that USA Today had been writing about.

Oh, and there would usually be some poll results published showing "widespread public support" for that issue.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bad Attitude Nov 13, 2016 2:28 PM


Looks like street fighter Bannon is going to be chief of staff, this means SHAKE UP!

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Chris Dakota Nov 13, 2016 2:48 PM

You don't see Obama or Hillary condemning the violence.  That's because they have approved it and it comes out the Democrap Party ogranizers.


CuttingEdge's picture

Just had a great idea how those empty FEMA camps could suddenly become very useful.

Just relabel them Snowflake Safe Zones.

Manthong's picture

I had a great. dream last night.

I dreamt that Judge Jeanine Pirro was US Attorney General and Judge Andrew Napolitano was on the Supreme Court.

And if Napolitano was appointed to SCOTUS I guarantee that Ginsberg would either jump out of a window or move to be with her brethren in North Korea.


jcaz's picture

LOL- that would be worth the headaches alone.....

Jump, bitch- here, lemme help.....

fleur de lis's picture

Does anyone have a link to the 4chan thread with the fbi investigator and the bloggers?

It had a lot of info but now it seems to have vanished.

WordSmith2013's picture
BEWARE: The Purple Revolution Comes To America…


…Courtesy of George Soros,
the Clinton Crime Family,
and the Obama Administration



Blue Boat's picture

Chris - not doubting you but wondering if you could pass along a link to the results you present?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Chris Dakota Nov 13, 2016 4:10 PM

I hate to be the one to break this to you, Chris Dakota, but you have your vote total numbers reversed.  The criminal Hillary did get more total votes.  But, who cares.  The criminal Hillary no doubt got a few million illegal votes to boost her total.

Everybody knew the rules going in.  It's not Trump's fault that Hillary and team were too stupid to focus on the correct things.

From the now publicly announced, self-professed, dishonest NY Times:


post turtle saver's picture

I see you getting upvotes for this but, frankly, other than some obvious bullshit Twitter post cited on Wordpress, I haven't seen a _single_ article or update calling out that Trump had secured the popular vote... not one...

when it's all said and done it shouldn't matter as that's not how the Electoral game is played... there's no reason to spread rumors of this without ironclad proof, regardless...

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Chris Dakota Nov 13, 2016 6:03 PM

Nope, the RNC chairman that tired to keep him from getting the Republican nomination is. Business as usual.

JRobby's picture

USA Today shameful level of lying and propaganda. Who reads this POS?????

Gannett? Seriously MSM oligarchs

We love ourselves:

Dane Bramage's picture

I'm just going to leave this here for the lulz: PORTLAND TRUMP PROTESTER MUGHSHOTS ~>

SoDamnMad's picture

Under what rock did the DNC find these creeps. Holy shit. What a bunch.  I did a Paint to capture all 7 pages of these mug shots.  Is there a FEMA camp somewhere on the North Slope of Alaska where we can put these.  Polar bears do need food you know. 

Duane Norman's picture

All those protestors would join the Trump Train... if he talked up term limits.

azusgm's picture

This thread caused me to check to see what Quanell X might be stirring up in Houston about now.

Surprise, surprise. Some of Quanell's unhappy clients are considering filing a lawsuit against him for not delivering on media attention for their family members' causes through his protest for hire services. Some of them held their own public protest against him and attracted media attention of their own.

Crickets from Quanell.

MissCellany's picture

That vid is so effing blatant. The "interviewer" and the "protester" clearly know one another and have rehearsed at least the general gist of what the "protester" is going to spew.

Then the "interviewer" turns it back over to the CNN anchor, who says, "Yeah, I know that guy you just talked to, he went with me somewhere as cameraman." Watch the "interviewer's" face when the anchor makes that blooper.


FatTony7915726's picture

die Endlösung der Judenfrage Wannsee Conference near Berlin.

nibiru's picture

I believe it will be easier to use IRS against this guy and open the case for the public. This cannot be argued is against some poor guy - but rather a rich billionaire (points from poor, liberals, Bernie supporters) and while doing that maybe some fact about CGI link pops up - so two birds with one stone.


Now he has a lot of options to deal with all of them.

chunga's picture

A couple years ago I bought a truck off a private party and the guy wanted cash; so I brought him cash. All I'm thinking while I'm driving over to pick it up is if I get pulled over the cops will probably TAKE my money because automatically I'm "suspicious". I've never been investigated or suspected of crimes in my damn life.

This fucking asshole has been suspected of nasty shit for a long time. I'd be afraid this dick would just take a bunch of (((lawyers))), tangle shit up for years, then settle with some gov crony like (((Lois Lerner))).

Civil Forfeiture and the concept of guilty until proven innocent blows and seems unconstitutional but fuck them, just deserts for filthy cronies, because they'd do it to me in a heartbeat.

American Psycho's picture

can't we ask these POS to go to Venezuela?

MissCellany's picture

Oh, no. We're not allowed to ask them for anything. But they can DEMAND anything they want from us.

adanata's picture


Since the entire "establishment" is behind this mind fuck of the truly ignorant, we won't be getting any reinforcements for real Americans who can also think. The meme is "rural, uneducated" vs "modern, sophisticated urban dwellers" instead of a fight to the death between humanity and the global banking system. I despair of any clarity for the snowflakes.

FatTony7915726's picture

Time to hang Soros and the Bilderberg bastards.  Find a tall tree and choose solid thick ropes & hang them all.  A public hanging to show what happens to treasonous juden.  Blumenthal should have his rope too!  Necks must snap for the good of the republic. Amen!!!

wildbad's picture

hang em high...


after a show trial of course.  a fair, show trial though.


these beings will never learn.  the conservative MILLIONS are on to you.  we are simmering and seething quietly in the background everywhere.


you fear us, trump respects us  both are right

balolalo's picture


There is no TRUMP mandate, he is down by 1.8 million popular votes and counting. 

MORA THAN HALF of AMERICA does not support TRUMP.  

Of course there are professionals in there.   AND 99% of them are organically joining.

Watch the FED and the MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-GLOBALIST COMPLEX.   Pence is deep in there, most of the GOP is beholden to them. 

KEEP AN EYE on your Trump, PENCE, and the GOP.   They might just sell you all out faster than you think. 


Theta_Burn's picture

Even faster than the BO/Queef Queen's sell out over the past 8yrs?



balolalo's picture

Of course OBAMA sold out.   THE DNC sold out.  Bernie was brushed aside.  


Just because i am critical of trump doesn't mean that i love hillary, nor does it mean i wouldn't be critical of her.   Or obama for that matter.  The bank bailout and NDA was enough for me to see he was a corporatist/globalist. 

and this snowflake vs deplorable bullshit is just bullshit to rile us up and divide us from each other.  and for us to not keep an eye on those in power. currently trump et al.

the question remains.  if he doesn't do shit with the fed, what will people do?

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

You happen to be mostly correct IMHO.  The Left/Right circus is just a distraction from the real issues like breaking up the banking cartel, MIC, addressing unmanagable debt, NWO etc...

Time will tell if Trump actually addresses the real issues.

But F* Hillary and Soros and Free Julian!

jcaz's picture

You keep fighting that fight, snowflake-  here, have some more lube......

balolalo's picture


Afraid of a BLIZZARD? 

or let's call it what it really is......  MOST AMERICANS DISAGREEING WITH YOU AND SHOWING IT!

cowdiddly's picture

and 250 million hate your guts for the way your doing and acting are waiting patiently.

ahh that silent thingy going to bite you in the ass again, some tards never learn.

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

The Hillary campaign should know better than to assign trolls to ZH.  We'll laugh you out of the ballpark.

balolalo's picture

what's the matter?   Oh yeah.... I MUST BE A HILLARY TROLL.....  oh yeah.  still getting paid. cha-ching. 


Anyone who does not go along with the GROUP-THINK must be a paid troll..... and this is lamest response on ZH.   

Perhaps the truth is too hard to hear....   Or a mirror is too much to handle. 

what if...  WHAT IF I am saying shit you know might be true and you can't handle it. 

Watch the FED and the MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-GLOBALIST COMPLEX.   Pence is deep in there, most of the GOP is beholden to them. 

KEEP AN EYE on your Trump, PENCE, and the GOP.   They might just sell you all out faster than you think.

crossroaddemon's picture

Sorry, but this is FUCKING pathetic. Not everyone who doesn't trust Trump is a Clinton troll. Basically what you're saying is subscribe to the local groupthink or get lost... we only talk to people we agree with. This is small-minded... the wise man is ALWAYS challenging his beliefs and assumptions.

I think he's right. In four years you guys are going to be feeling very, very bitter... and it'll be four wasted years during which you could have been DOING something instead of waiting for those asshats in power to make your lives better. The change is going to HAVE to come from the bottom up; the chances of anyone in power helping us are essentially zero.

Col.Chaos's picture

Would you please post a link to that count. I can't find anything that shows a number even close to yours.

balolalo's picture


4,362,087 x 0.60  (60%-62% if the perecentage holds)  = 2,617,252 more votes for dems.  

ADD in the other outstanding votes.  mostly in high population cities = blue states.

and the rest is here

FIAT CON's picture

How many of the dems votes are invalid....hence wikileaks proved they conspired to corrupt the voting ...What if the tables were reversed would you be fighting the same fight?..... does hypocrite mean anything?

MalteseFalcon's picture

Your numbers are wrong and they include dead people, illegal immigrants, computer fraud and multiple voting.

You lost.

Republican President.

Republican Senate.

Republican Congress.

Republican Supreme Court.

Scoreboard, bitch.

Mimir's picture

These "republicans" agree on very little between themselves apart from not being Democrates - and yet....

Most of them are certainly not Trumf fans. 

MalteseFalcon's picture

You mean the neocon/Bush Republicans who tried to join Hillary Rodent's campaign and were rejected?

They're looking for a new party.

Maybe Gary Johnson and the phony Libertarians will have them.

They have money nobody needs, ideas nobody believes and zero popular support.