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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Trolly McTrollface's picture

But it's not about the popular vote. Never was.

I G Y's picture

"MORA THAN HALF of AMERICA does not support TRUMP." WRONG! Out of 318 million Americans about 19% voted Trump and 19% voted Clinton. 42% of eligible voters did not vote. No one can say with any authority who the majority of Americans support, if anyone or any group. I G Y

Mute Button's picture

Diebold machines don't support Trump mandate, neither do dead voters.

You going to come back with mock shock and tell me the dead don't vote?

Then how the fuck does Hillary lose 6 million Democrat voters and win the popular vote? May your bullshit rain on your own head.

MzMolly's picture

Exactly, the numbers are WRONG.

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Hahaha you lie like a cheap toupee.

In California, for example, absentee ballots WILL NEVER BE COUNTED for 2016 because the margin of Hillary's victory is too large.  Other jurisdictions have similar rules.  Just keep lying to yourself, snowflake.  We won't hurt you, we'll just pity you and mock you.

balolalo's picture

WOW.... the desperation really came out there.  

Keep looking around.  

THE POWERS THAT BE WANT US DIVIDED.  Black vs. White, Trump vs. Hillary, Deplorable vs. Snowflake.  

IT IS ALL BULSHIT trying to have us fight amongst ourselves and KEEP OUR EYES OFF OF THOSE IN CHARGE including TRUMP.

The globalist/corporatists/militarists will stroke all fears, hate, anger, ignorance, and opportunity to divide and conquer us.

Just keep your eye on Trump, Pence, and the GOP.

CuttingEdge's picture

The only people who want division are the liberals - without it they are nothing. Or were you too busy doing their job for them that you didn't realise it, snowflake muppet.



shovelhead's picture

The globalist/corporatists/militarists will stroke all fears, hate, anger, ignorance, and opportunity to divide and conquer us.


And you and your fellow leftys are working the front lines for them.

You're both the enemy and I don't forget it.


Grimaldus's picture

Your "tactics" resulted in a epic loss for your candidate and her brand. Keep up the good work.

Although it is quite obvious I'll say it again--- the progressive stupid, it burns.










Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) balolalo Nov 13, 2016 2:30 PM

Chuck Todd is that you? You dirty propagandist.



scrappy's picture


There was massive voter fraud.

Machines were tampered with.

Hand done ballots were forged.

Many, many illegal aliens voted that had no business doing so.

That needs to be addressed betweeen now and the next election.

Demographically speaking, with analysis of legal voters, the numbers right now are approximately...

GEN GI and Silent Gen - 22,265, 021

Baby Boomers 50,854,027

Gen X 90,010,283

Millenials 62,649,947 18 Years to 34

25,630,521   (12-17 Years old)

Total  88,280,468

Artist Gen 48,820,896 and growing...

* Using the Fourth Turning Cultural Demographic Measurement vs. the propaganda demographics.

GI 92–114 Silent 74–91 Boomer 55–72 Gen-X 35–55 Millennial 12–34 Homeland 0–11

* Source Demographic Numbers (Approximate)

Have a nice day.

shovelhead's picture

O rly

Please post a link from a reputable news source...


get the joke?

D'ya want it slower?

JRobby's picture

We would need to get at them. This would be a fairly large force that would need to be moved into position with full gear  without detection.

It would be possible, but difficult.

El Vaquero's picture

I know that it's bullshit, chunga.  I've talked to the horse mounted unit for APD about this, because they were the ones that were instrumental in stopping the BS from blowing up into a full blown riot here back in May.  They said that a lot of the people who were causing the problems were from OUT OF STATE.  That, and "not premeditated" demonstrations don't have shitloads of professionally printed signs.  


I encourage those of you who can do safely to go out and watch this shit firsthand.  You can really shut people the fuck down when they start bringing up MSM talking point by having witnessed it for yourself.  I've been doing so left and right with people who would traditionally considered liberal.  They can't say shit, because I was there and they weren't.  

Chandos's picture

Thanks for the most annoying article ever....I literally wanted to punch that guy in the mouth...


uzsibox's picture

Speaking of drugs i like how theres still not a paper properly explaining the placebo effect. 
You might go on a road that tells you everything is a placebo.

Fuck platon. 

SwiffFiffteh's picture

It's kinda funny isn't it? The placebo effect--which, as you pointed out, has apparently not been studied in depth(or at all) by modern science, judging by the lack of published work on the subject--is nevertheless used as a baseline control for all pharmaceuticals during approval testing. Basically, for a drug to pass, it must demonstrate that it is "more effective" than the placebo effect.

Setting aside the glaring issue of modern science's total ignorance of what the placebo effect actually is or the mechanisms behind it, the way to induce it is simple: tell a patient they will be receiving a brand-new still-experimental-but-very-promising drug/medication/procedure for their ailment, one that has had astounding results on patients in previous trials. Then, give them a sugar pill or equivalent, and watch for results.

In pharmaceutical approval tests, half the patients are given sugar pills while the other half are given the drug being tested. If the drug shows a  stronger constructive effect than is demonstrated in the placebo control group, it passes this portion of the test.

But is it really worth it to take a pill that, in the end, is only 5% "more effective" than a treatment which is basically free and has zero side effects?

uzsibox's picture

Its defo worth it for those that peddle drugs. 

Dead Canary's picture

"The Liberal Press" should just be called "The Press". The liberal part is redundant. Kinda like ordering Italian food in Italy.

E.F. Mutton's picture

"Pravda" is also good, but I think it's copyrighted.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) E.F. Mutton Nov 13, 2016 1:15 PM

(((USA Today and Ben Wikler)))

tenpanhandle's picture

The press is anything but a "liberal press" it is a fascist press.

Stuart's picture

Am really getting tired of this activist collusion masquerading as objectivity.   I think it's time for 100,000 deplorables to take ot the streets to show these anarchist thugs what democracy means and what elections are all about.    The revolution for the rights of the deplorables and the forgotten person is just starting...  time to gear up.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Stuart Nov 13, 2016 1:17 PM

Who cares- it's all happening in lib strongholds like NY, Chi, Portland, etc

Midas's picture

I find it enjoyable watching team blue riot and destroy, but only in the bluest of cities.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

I also find enjoyable and ironic, that the snowflake brains, are protesting all the things they claim that us "white peoples" do to them.
Being racist, bigots, using violence, beatings, lynching, mob rule, destruction of private property, inciting riots, looting and general lawlessness.
Y'all better wake up, before the MAJORITY of us, blowtorch your snowflake asses, into puddles...

Krungle's picture

Pretty much under no fucking circumstances should so called deplorables think of counter demonstrating under this Administration. That is exactly the response and excuse they are looking for to get out of this situation. Research and prove their connections to Soros, the CF, and/or Obama. But do not birddog them or otherwise engage. Eventually their tantrums are going to become economically damaging to urban elites, or at least an inconvenience. SJW sympthathizers will be less tolerant when they cannot get to yoga because traffic is blocked, or get into Starbucks because they're cleaning up broken glass. Let them turn on each other. It won't take much longer. They are actually interferring with the people they are supposedly protesting for in Portland--the damn trains and buses are all delayed because the idiots are blocking them. So you have the poor immigrants who are actually trying to get to and from work unable to do so because some rich SJW from Reed College in an Guy Fawkes mask decided to do a sit in on the TriMet line. The LA elite will likewise have all sorts of solidarity until they cannot get to Staples Center for Lakers and Clippers games. Then they turn. It's gotta come from within the urban dwelling elite. But Trump supporters should not ever engage or counterprotest these people and give BO an excuse to martial law this shit before he leaves office, and thus hand Soros his ultimate prize. 

Now, should they try shennanigans when the electoral college meets and try to overturn the election, yeah, all bets are off at that point. But in the meantime, hold tight for another 60 odd days. And when the cops know the POTUS has their back, they'll take care of it.


dogismycopilot's picture

Krungle you are 1,000 % correct. Well said.

We need to hang tight until Trump is POTUS.

Until then, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst (electoral college overturn, which if that were to occur, then yes, it would be time to unleash the dogs of war.)

Hang tight, but until then, train, prepare, network, strategize and pray.

devnickle's picture

Everyone go to your local Ace Hardware, and buy a case of hornet spray. I guarantee they will leave with a wall of that coming at them.

dogismycopilot's picture

brother, i down voted you. This is NOT what to do. 

Not yet at least.

Get fit, train, network, prepare but do NOT get sucked into what Soros/HIllary/Obama want - a street fight before Trump is POTUS.

Theta_Burn's picture

Obama's legacy will be recorded as little more than "first ever African American president" and "adding 10 trillion to the deficit"

The riots will be considered an accomplishment..

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Obama's legacy will be recorded as "Set the cause of the black man back 50 years."

Oldwood's picture

The ONLY thing spontaneous and unplanned coming from a progressive is the TRUTH!

shovelhead's picture


Already sent to a drooling "Trump Pussygrabber" I love to annoy.

dark fiber's picture

I think there should be counter protests against this professional agitation.  And guess on which side are the gun freaks snowflakes.

Mute Button's picture

How about sue the shit out of these fucktards? A judgement of a millions of dollars of property damage hitting their bank accounts should stop this for good.

Peaceful protests my ass.

Seems Legit's picture

Obama hasn't commented on the protests at all; Hillary has said very little to condemn them and even exacerbated them with comments suggesting the result was unfair - suggesting both of them are supporting the riots.

Is this part of a grand plan to bring in martial law by simulating civil unrest...or am I just paranoid?

MFL5591's picture

Time has come to rid this country of that filthy bastard!

ZH Snob's picture

Don't worry.  I'm sure President Obama is planning a crack down on these disturbances.


He just has a scheduling conflict at the moment with his golf game at Farm Neck.  Hell, this nice weather won't last forever.

shovelhead's picture

The gameplan is to provoke a backlash from Trump supporters that they can use to bludgeon him in the press with the Trump-Hate meme.

And if they can't force one, they'll create one.

The fact that it will be so incompetent and transparent won't make a bit of difference once it gets in the media echo chamber.

They couldn't kill Trump so now they have to cripple him.

iamrefreshed's picture

Protestors meet M&P S&W 9MM.

joeyman9's picture

Of course he could stop them immediately if he wanted to by simply arresting Soros and the lead organizers as prompters of riots.  He has the legislation to do so.

IridiumRebel's picture

Whomever is sponsoring should be responsible for ANY damage and criminal activity. Period.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) IridiumRebel Nov 13, 2016 12:48 PM

That would be considered 'anti-semitic'

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King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) IridiumRebel Nov 13, 2016 1:18 PM

I think it was sarcasm