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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Pissedman's picture

Yes this helps Trump by showing that the activists are unamerican lawless useful idiots. Now more will jump on the Trump train just to be against them. When your concerns are not listened to and you are called names because you have valid concerns about open borders or training your replacement then you are going to support the right activist candidate in the voting booth. Pretty powerful stuff when you realize Trump was created and pushed by Hillary and then their name calling and false witness lost them the election. Hillary should be the target.

Clara Tardis's picture

My working theory is the overlords -did- think the rodent would win and it would be us, Trump supporters out in the streets, so they could roll out the color revolution. They then would have activated their paid rioters to perform street battles with us.

I want to believe that the cry babies will need to return, at some point to whatever it is they did prior to the election and the paid actors will be left to try to incite the rest of us.

Trump supporters don't have much interest in dealing with the paid fucktards in the streets for "their" color revolution.
Just a Theory....
Here's a great short vid on US history of coup's and color revolutions. It was put together back in August by truthstream media.

VWAndy's picture

 It was a lose lose deal from the start. If the hillery had won the net result would be the same. Millions of pissed off people. That was the goal. It worked well for tptb either way.

shovelhead's picture


If all the "protesters" decided to strike what would happen?

A few Applebys and Starbucks would be looking for help.

That's it.

Not exacty a 'Blows Against The Empire' scenario.

Kagemusho's picture

Someone is paying for all this 'spontaneous' activism, and it is most likely Soros's domestic version of Operation Gladio, Plan B.(Plan A failed on Trump's election.)

AFAIK, Mainstream Media sources have not verified that Putin has issued an arrest warrant for George Soros. But if true, this may make some of America's streets a lot quieter real soon.  Putin wants Soros's head for funding the same kind of subversive groups (and currenct manipulations) in Russia that Soros has funded here. Ol' Owl Face is going to need the best security money can by if Spetznaz is actively gunning for him.

WorkingClassMan's picture

Soros is more of a threat to the West than ten (10) Islamic State's.

Downtoolong's picture


I knew there was something funny going on as soon as I realized there were more anti-Trump protesters than ever showed up at one of Hillary’s campaign events.


A good con knows that subtlety is key. If you over-sell your message, people get wise to the con. Obviously, these people are amateurs.


AmandaFawndel's picture

So the JEWrge Sewer-os Black Lies matter DISMANTLING AMERICA email was not enough for the ashkeNAZI j00 media to "break" the story????



Why surely this is then!

WorkingClassMan's picture

Well, the truth does tend to be anti-"Semitic," you know.

shankster's picture

Rioting in one's own neighborhood proves once again that only bad dogs & libtards shit in their own beds.

cageysea's picture

I believe the more common vernacular for "Professional Activist" is "mercenary." And as everyone knows, mercenaries are unprincipled, narcissistic, sociopathic operatives who work for the highest bidder. In this case -- George Soros.

Sandmann's picture

The old Soviet term is  "AgitProp" and coincidentally that was Angela Merkel's role in the GDR.


Dave Whiteman's picture

"Lost" video [60 minutes]- soros admits to stealing from fellow jews during world war 2:

sister tika's picture

"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."

Gee, that really pulled on my heart strings. I'm all choked up with emotion.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) sister tika Nov 13, 2016 5:37 PM

Me too. I almost farted.

R19's picture

The special snowflake division thinks that their efforts are pure.

Yippie21's picture

So we KNOW the FBI loves to infultrate movements.  IF ONLY the DOJ and FBI cared... they could quite easily get close to these organizers, get paid, and then testify against them in front of a grand jury and just see if we can't get some RICO charges billed, or say, iciting riots, etc.  I hope it's going on behind the scenes for the new AG in a few months.  The Feds could shut all this down in a heartbeat if they chose to.  But they allow it.  Go figure.

oncemore's picture

deal with Soros and his family, like Russia did.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

This is why the "weather undergound" and OWS failed miserably.

Because someone will always betray you for money.

Having said that.

The degree of separation between these 4 decades and the lengths to which the George Soros' have to go to in order to be "successful" in these endeavors are enormous.

Because in the end. The money these people are holding now vs back then continues it's descent into QE oblivion and "Georgy" ain't the man he was in 1970 with respect to his "purchasing power"!

tony bonn's picture

this story is outstanding! in addition to cbs' will stall, and the new york times and its lie-all-the-time policy, now usa today can add itself to the go-fuck-yourself list. lying is what jews do! even jesus himself who was NOT a jew hated them. spontaneous my was just like hillary "the c@nt" clinton and her fuck-you cookie recipes from the 1992 election. george soros, bush, koch brothers, rockefellers, rothschilds, cia, fbi, and netanyahu have made a pact with the devil to destroy this country with their color revolutions. it is time for good americans to rise up to destroy these people and their institutions.

boycott movies, news, television, and anything else associated with these psychopathic shits.

MrSteve's picture

so.... so if Jesus wasn't a Jew, how is it he could read Isaiah in the temple and discuss items with the rabbis? Obviously he could read Hebrew and spoke Aramaic. If you have any questions, just ask Mel Gibson! Anyone calling for destruction of other people as you do is pretty much a conviction by your own lips that you mentally ill, possibly criminally so. Please seek professional help immediately.

shovelhead's picture

He's right.

Jesus was the first Catholic. The Church told me so.


nowhereman's picture

I can't wait until some of the Sandy Hook actors start to show up.

radio man's picture

Oh get real Zero Hedge. The world knows Soros is Shirley Temple on roids. 

Olafmetal's picture

USA todaycalled her a coodinator but in the emails she's an organizer. Quite the nefarious distiction.

Is the article sugesting that protests are only valid if they somehow congeal spontaneaous through the colective unconcious?

Everyone one down here was perfectly happy with being shit on till these oustside agitators started rialing them up.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Yawnnn....wake me up when some of her Zombie supporters storm the compound at Chapstick, and go all *walking dead* on the old skank_whore, Bubba and Hubbell...Thanksgiving would be good, maybe they would all be there, and it would give ME something to be thankful for...

WTFUD's picture

I'm Shocked, shocked i tell ya that Kim Jong Un is organising these Protests and that he's only 26 years old.

mendigo's picture

I suspect the dark powers remain extremely confident they will destroy trump. Perhaps they let him win jjust so they could use him as an example of what will happen with populist figures  As they did for example with chavez. Likely we will ultimately help them to this end.

Trump needs to safe guard alt news channels  I am sure the globalists aare planning to shut them down  As long as the public has access to free press the world is not safe.

Skiprrrdog's picture

...experienced protest organizers and activists

LOL... is there a school I could go to to learn about this *valuable* life skill...


Sounds like being an apprentice crack whore...or someone who designs wigs for vaginas...

shovelhead's picture

Are you jerkin my merkin?

hooligan2009's picture

juat goes to prove that anyone buying any product advertised in USA Toda, NYT and WaPo are buying products that are relying on the lies todl by the editorial boards of these papers.

Anyone yet seen an editorial from the NYT or any other sponsor of the lyingm, cheating and stealing done by libtards that says "Trump is America's best hope in avoiding debt hell from global and national socialism"?

occupant's picture

Now look at them snowflakes that's the way you do it

Just protest and riot on TV

That ain't workin unless Sorros pays you

Money for nothing and everything free


Now that ain't workin that's the way you do it

You know that liberals are dumb

Hold on to that cell phone with all your fingers

Type some drivel with your thumb


I shoulda learned to play the guitar

I shoulda learned to play them drums

Instead I got a degree in liberal education

so I could march on the street with some bums


I want my, I want my, I want my EBT

flea's picture

Very nice work. This is the immediat issue by which we will be able to tell whether the confessing media will actually repent. I'm certainly not betting on but will be joyful wtching this thrown in their face.

They are over as this work demonstrates. This author showed how it can be done.

The New Media!!!

lasvegaspersona's picture

And another one ('media outlet) bites (the dust) Alex Jones really the only honest source? He is biased but at least admits his bias...

...come to think of it...why do all those who back Dems feel they need to appear unbiased....

answer...cuz they belive we are stupid, that we won't listen to them if they tell the truth...probably because they know how bad the truth really is...

'untruthiness'...its the new word...

Rich from PDT's picture

Trumps next announcement must be to file an official investigation into and prosecution of George Soros, with a permanent ban from the country, and seizure of any assets or bank accounts he has here!!!!
"Real Talk... for Real Men."

nevertheless's picture

George Soros and his social warriors may be at work.


Below was forwarded to me by a friend in law enforcement, I took out the names of the actual place for reasons of privacy (mainly mine), but I was told this is going on across the nation.


“A friend of his was walking her dog and wearing a headscarf. She was harassed by a Trump supporter, who then called the police on her. XXXXXXX county police came in with guns drawn, fired on the dog as it ran away, and handcuffed the woman. They let her go after they realized they couldn't charge her with anything. The police acted outrageously and need to be held accountable. Please call the numbers listed in the link and spread the word!



The officer told me this was a total hoax, absolutely no such event happened. He also told me such false claims were being made across the nation. The goal seems to be they are trying to set up “social warrior network”, very much like they did in Kiev, Georgia…and everywhere else Soros spreads social unrest. The concern is this could be laying the groundwork for something bigger. They build these networks now to react when some catalyst is perpetrated, a “black flag” perhaps. They repletely ask for help from “white people of good conscience”.


The organization is called: “UP Racial Justice Peace Makers” Sounds like a George Soros color revolutionary inverse terminology to me (up is down, love it hate, peace is war…). It sounds like they are trying to organize likeminded fools to help foment civil discourse, who I am sure will be used at the appointed time to push civil unrest.


The first step in avoiding a trap is knowing of its existence. This could be nothing, but considering what just happened with the election, something is coming.



juicy_bananas's picture

Make it an arrestable offense if you are covering your face at a  protest.   Those are the professional agitators.

The parents of these snowflakes never  disciplined  them.

Squidbilly's picture
Squidbilly (not verified) Nov 13, 2016 3:48 PM

All those corporations sucking each other off, how American. Die as quickly as you can, we will no longer be your consumers. 

dark pools of soros's picture

" since their anti-war days in the 1970s. "

Since there is no need to be anti-war now in this peace on Earth lovefest we live in now USA Today??

scallywagrab's picture

My thoughts too, so they're saying the people protesting against nam didn't protest any of the other illegal & immoral wars since? Hahahaha fu[king ha, I'm sure

gregga777's picture

The anti-war protests against the Vietnam War by all of the snowflake parasites ended when the draft ended. They were only against when it looked like they might be drafted. It was entirely motivated by selfish personal interest. It had nothing to do with the morality of the Vietnam War (or any other war).

shovelhead's picture

Don't worry. The anti-war activists have been on hiatus for 8 years but they'll be back in late January.

gregga777's picture

As you can see, the LYING LÜGENPRESSE, like the worthless propaganda rag USA TodayToadies, lies both by acts of commission and omission.

Hit the LYING LÜGENPRESSE where it hurts the most: in the moneychangers moneybags!!! Cancel your cable TV and boycott the LÜGENPRESSE's advertisers!!! Don't buy their lying newsprint rags!!! The 6 conporations controlling 90% of all media and entertainment:

• Comcast,
• News Corporation,
• Disney,
• Viacom,
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The various Feral gangster government's organs of state propaganda (mainstream media & entertainment oligopoly) propaganda mouthpieces:

* ABC (Always Boosting Clinton),
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For that reason alone I would never pay for cable TV. I don't have cable TV because it's all propaganda. FU (f*** you) LYING LÜGENPRESSE*.

*Feral Gangster Government's LYING organs of state propaganda (mainstream media & entertainment oligopoly)

Oberst-Gruppenfuhrer's picture

Lugenpresse = judenpresse. I hear you. They overplayed their hand BIG LEAGUE. Now they want war. We will give it to them this time. It will not end well for them. They are better off scurrying away like the rats they are. They will go down YUUUGE! 14 88

rockstone's picture

Amen. I don't have cable either and don't ask me who won an academy award or Grammy in the last 20 years. I may know but don't make me your source. I try my best to live outside of that world. A world where a Gangsta' rapper can actually appear with a major candidate for POTUS. And the smartest people on earth, the media, thought that strategy was a good idea.

But sorry friend, I fear the sheeple are going back to sleep sooner than later. And the lefty? They didn't miss a beat. They didn't even have a plan B yet here they are. We dodged a bullet this week. I hope can remember the Golden Rule:

Do not remove boot from throat!

Fireman's picture

USSANS tolerated this shit as long as the targets were enemies of the Washing town thugocracy. These Soros punks spread this garbage all across the backward Muslim Arab Third World as part of the USSAN Golem's eternal judaic wars, then into Ukropland with the Maidan Putsch that gave us Nudelman's NAZI filth in Kiev. If Trump doesn't close these Bolshevik scum down and all the warmongering neocohen manipulators and presstitutes you can forget about the so-called new dawn and making America(sic) great again. It won't happen without extirpating the supremacist chosen racer neo con cancer,locking up all the Israeli firsters and "dual passport" NAZIS running USSA Inc and all these retarded gender confused morons and babbling junkies in the belly of the beast.

"Donald Trump – assuming he is for real and actually means what he says – has to understand that and do what Putin did: strike first and strike hard. Stalin, by the way, also did exactly that, and for a while the Trotskists were crushed, but in the years following Stalin’s death they gradually bounced back only to seize power again in 1991. I think that the jury is still out on whether Putin will succeed in finally removing the 5th columnist from power. What is sure is that Russia is at least semi-free from the control of these people and that the US is their last bastion right now. Their maniacal hatred of Trump can in part be explained by the sense of danger these folks feel, being threatened for the first time in what they see as their homeland (I don’t mean that in a patriotic sense – but rather like a parasite care for “his” host). And maybe they have some good reason to fear. I sure hope that they do."
The Saker

gregga777's picture

Why isn't George Soros on trial in Israel for his World War 2 war crimes committed against Jews in Hungary during 1944? Why do the Jews let a Jewish war criminal walk free?

Fireman's picture

Are you kidding? Israel was and remains an ongoing NAZI experiment, the most abhorrent, crime ridden sewer on the planet, bar none.