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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Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Fireman Nov 13, 2016 5:32 PM

I read somewhere that the FBI had stats showing that most of the Russian OC figures they investigated had Israeli passports.

gregga777's picture

Leon Trotsky and the Trotskyites are the intellectual fathers of both libertarianism and neoconservatism.

falak pema's picture

I thought your friends killed him with a hatchet.

Fancy his ghost coming back to haunt you.

The MIC hates fuddy duddys.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) gregga777 Nov 13, 2016 5:31 PM

No, libertarianism has nothing whatsoever to do with Leon Trotsky. You can post your source for that, and I'll review it, but I think you have that wrong.

Toonces Feline's picture

Some protesters are saying Trump shouldn't be president because he didn't win the popular vote in addition to the electoral vote. Trump could easily have won the popular vote if he weren't executing a strategy based on getting the electoral college. Hillary failed to execute an electoral college strategy. She never set foot in Wisconsin. Trump never set foot in California. Trump could have picked up enough votes in Orange County, California alone to win the popular vote. Hillary just wasn't a good strategist and she was truly an awful candidate. Bernie could have won.

Got The Wrong No's picture





Oberst-Gruppenfuhrer's picture

All jew controlled of course. The jew playbook is the same as it has been for a millenia. The main problem of course besides the jew, is the plethora of useful idiots who's brains stopped working due to either laziness, immorality, or they're as evil as the jew itself. The solution is not to work with these dregs. It is not to compromise. The solution is to exterminate them all from humanity or the cycle continues somewhere down the line again. It is only then can the world be safe and prosper.

falak pema's picture

Just like the "march against fear"...Memphis...66.

It was those "dirty activists"...Mississippi Burning !

Some events come back to haunt those who've forgotten them.

When you dig up those ghosts you can bet your bottom dollar the dead will walk.

shovelhead's picture

Not if they're in front of my truck they won't.

The only place they'll be walking is to the Pearly Gates.

Who ya gonna call?

Ghost busters.

ThunderStruck's picture

I prefer to call the so called Trump protesters "Hillary's basket of sophisticates". They represent the best support she was able to muster, which was why she got her ass kicked.

shovelhead's picture

Yeah, they need to tell us how smart they are again...

I've already forgotton.

riley martini's picture

USA Today is owned by Saudi Arabia


mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) riley martini Nov 13, 2016 6:56 PM

no, it's owned by Neuhouse, they are Jewish

Rabbi Blitzstein's picture

Your rabbi told you this two days ago. You need listen to your rabbi. I repeat. We stage riots. We arrange buses bring in paid participants. Make stupid goyim think is really organic local population protesting and rioting. LOL! If jewish mafia-controlled police really wanted to do something, they would be where the lines of buses are waiting for rioters to return when finished. We create these riots to make goyim believe vote was close. Haha. Take out zombie votes, i.e., millions of listed names from cemetery records available online, and then Hilary popular vote would be very small fraction of Trumps. Hee hee hee. We instruct Soros organization to engineer protest and riots. International organized jewish mafia in action, using Bolshevik communist revolutionary tactics. But stupid wimpy white goyim never identify and expose us jews, because that would be anti-semite! LOL!!!!

SwiffFiffteh's picture

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Sudden Debt's picture

You wonder how these puppeteers can keep on playing the American lemmings like that....

In Russia, today, Putin issued a warrant against George Soros for his crimes.

and in America... this guy is invited to the white house...

Obama is a crook and should face charges for his warcrimes against humanity!

Hans Auf Meistuff's picture

They should do as their names states and MOVE ON.

riley martini's picture

Lok at who Trump had to beat : Soros, Buffet, Bezos, Koch brothers, Obama, B. Clinton . The Republicans, Democrats, Countries that arm train  and direct ISIS and Alciada Saudi Arabia - Quatar. The same ones that endorse and bribe Bill and Hiterly.The fascist controlled media all the tv networks every news paper in the cuntry. Hunders of celebrities. The UK, Mexico, China . feel free to add to the list.

shovelhead's picture

Queen Kebab herself, Huma Abidine and her Muslim Brotherhood minions.

PrivetHedge's picture

Hmm - you could say, "Look who WE had to beat" because it's us who voted.

It was a team effort.

Atlas_Shrugged's picture

What's new? Even ragtag demonstrators need to get paid! Their masters need to be funded.  Until the voters on the other side see how their small contributions are being used, they will, unknowingly keep supporting a corrupt environment.  And the MSM is already a corrupt (as proven time and again) organization and unable to be objective.  How could they be?  All their lives they are being brainwashed by proletarian overlords in schools, colleges and educational institution.  They are never presented any counter ideas during their formative years.

And herein lies the fundamental problem.  If independent thinking is never supported or encouraged when children’s minds are being molded, how can they every know that something else exists.  What is so obvious to older generations is unthinkable to these brainwashed demonstrators.    

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YHC-FTSE's picture

For years I've been noticing the patterns to the neocon zionist's disruptive tactics. Some easy ones are:

Playing the victim while attacking, murdering & stealing. (That one has been picked up by #BLM as well, no surpirse)

Using popular media to present themselves and Israel in the best light while selling morally inverted ideologies.

Using the news media in a coordinated way to sell a single narrative to the exclusion of reasonable analysis.

Formulating artificially opposing ideological paradigms then inciting hatred to divide and conquer. Within Christian denominations, within Muslims, between nations, between races and within politics, etc.

The thing I noticed today was presenting their activist minions (Their actors on the media stage) as ordinary folk who just happened to get involved. Who then start parroting the narrative for the media. I was watching Channel 4 news this evening waiting for Formula One to start. I don't usually watch the msm, but C4 presents itself as "alternative programming", so I didn't immediately switch off. The anchor was interviewing a guy in East Aleppo via Skype and I knew within the first few words that this was completely fake. The guy said he was a teacher, had never fired a gun and had a daughter with him. He kept repeating "Assad regime killing civilians" like a recorded message and sprinkled "Freedom" a couple of times when asked why he was staying instead of leaving the area after being warned by the Syrian Army to leave within 24 hours. Apparently he wanted to sacrifice himself and his family because he believed in "Freedom". Neither the anchor or the guy mentioned of course that East Aleppo is the stronghold of ISIS and Al Nusra, that civilans have been shot trying to leave by the rebels and that this State Dept/Zionist propagandists mouthpiece was most likely a terrorist.

But they sold the lies for 20 mins. There will be many more "Ordinary folks" - teachers, firemen, storekeepers and such who will come on teevee to attack Trump's regime. When the msm starts to refer to Trump's government as a "Regime", that's the moment when the civil war will start. But in the meanwhile, the oligarchs are laying the groundwork of discontent and hatred just as they did in Ukraine and Syria.

ghostfaceinvestah's picture

ZH, you need to discredit this narrative that "Yeah, but Hillary won the popular vote".

Trump won the election on the basis under which it was fought.  If the popular vote were the basis for deciding the next President, don't you think both Trump and Hillary would have campaigned much differently?   They would have spent money differently, they would have visited states differently, etc.

But that is not how the President is elected.  For example, under the Electoral College system, it made no sense for Trump to spend any time or money in California.  He knew Hillary would take the state.

If instead the popular vote mattered, he would have spent some time and money in the state.

Bottom line - Trump fought the election, and won it, the way it was designed.

PrivetHedge's picture

It's also the blatant hypocrisy because they used the equivalent Delegate system to crush Bernie Sanders, so they could insert an unpopular serial criminal in his place. They bleat about Hillary losing, but their solution would give us Bernie, not Hillary.

MrBoompi's picture

I don't believe Hillary won the popular vote.  When the electoral college went to Trump, the only thing left for Clinton to steal was the popular vote.  Trump probably got 75% of the votes, and you can't prove me wrong or right on this one.  But I can certainly prove Clinton, the DNC, and the MSM are corrupt as fucking hell.  

Deplorable Vet Wife's picture

The cities that are allowing protesters to become vandals and looters are costing insurance companies and businesses money. Those companies should sue the city for NOT shutting this down.

geobeane's picture


It would be unwise to do a postmortem of the just concluded US election without examining the debilitating impact of wikileaks on the outcome. Most commentators have adduced so many reasons for Mrs Clintons loss, whilst conveniently ignoring the devastating role played by the over 50,000 leaked Podesta emails and another 8,000 plus leaked DNC emails.

Mrs Clinton was already a very polarizing, disliked and untrustworthy candidate without the leaked emails, what the constant drip of emails achieved in my opinion, was to reinforce peoples opinions of her. What once belonged in the realm of rumours and conjectures about the Clintons and their inner circle, were blasted into the open by wikileaks, and the contents were not palatable. The emails stripped them bare ( most people always suspected it anyway ),as out of touch power mongers, deceitful, hateful liars, with a sense of personal entitlement.  The leaks revealed that 2016 was meant to be a coronation of HRC, and she and her minions had employed every divisive ,dark and dangerous agenda to achieve their aim.

I like every other patient observer, were too busy looking for the smoking gun in the leaks thus ignoring the real smoking gun. I will expatiate on this as follows. I have learnt that to enjoy any written article you must also learn to appreciate and absorb the comments section of that article. Rush Limbaugh refers to the comment section has the ‘sewers’. That is where you genuinely get to feel the pulse of the anonymous populace like you and I. I remember reading one of the numerous distressing leaked Podesta emails and thereafter going to read the comments section. I came across an anonymous readers comment that struck me as very poignant. He/she wrote that what struck him/her the most was that he/she had gone through thousands of the emails like everyone else and was yet to come across any email where they discussed about the American People in ways that were positive!

I immediately realized from the comment , that therein lay the invisible smoking gun! Everyone of us, and there were millions realized from those emails, that the Clintons and their inner circle represented one thing and one thing only THEMSELVES! In a CHANGE election in which voters were ready to reject the ESTABLISMENT and all that it stood for that revelation was very damning.

The icing on the cake in my opinion was when Julian Assange granted the interview, wherein he taunted the US voters that despite all they know and have read about HRC, she was going to be their next president! That move on his part was pure genius! What he did beautifully, was to steady the resolve of those who were waiting to stick a spear into the heart of the establishment.


In conclusion, though  a lot of factors called the election for DJT,  wikileaks did more than its own fair share.

JailBanksters's picture

Ben Wikler ....

J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people.


Well why doesn't he do it in Israel, I don't see what America has to do with Israel.

Why fight Americans to have a Future of Israel.



rockstone's picture

We're going to need a lot of backhoes before this is over with.

FredFlintstone's picture

Get yung cho ho out of my fucking country, damnit. WTF is going on?


If you are a 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd generation immigrant and can't behave yourself and be a productive member of society, you should be sent packing. Some 3rd generation people may have and their grandparents arrive less than 50 years ago. If you can get your 2nd gen kids to behave, maybe they should all be sent back.

moneybots's picture

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


Somehow intentionally, apparently.

USA Today, a propaganda organization, not a news operation.

thebigunit's picture

Good work, Tylers!

Anti-Trump Protests: Proof Of Professional Activist Involvement

I think it's time for a PRIVATE, anti-Soros organization to start accumulating data and dossiers on these activist reptiles,

Thats what the ADL was found to be doing in San Francisco in 1993, and it's what the Southern Poverty Law Center and other left wing activist groups have been doing for years.

I think the Bushes were very naive about these groups.  Hopefully, Trump won't be.  He said he learned that the real estate business is "vicious" and Presidential politics is worse.  

The ADL and SPLC don't respect the privacy and civil rights of Americans.  It's time for some "vicious" payback.

sinbad2's picture

Good work from Wikileaks, I hope Assange can be free soon.

just the tip's picture

I think the Bushes were very naive about these groups.

bullshit, they supported them.  they just couldn't/didn't control them.  all they had was tokyo rove.

Riquin's picture

Final  numbers:

: 62,972,226 : 62,277,750

 vote  306  232

thebigunit's picture

There are about 11.4 million illegal aliens in the U.S., and about 13 percent are registered to vote.  And about 80 percent of of illegal alien voters vote for Democrats. 

Thats about 1.2 million INVALID votes for Hillary.

So, deduct 1.2 million from Hillary's 62.278 million popular vote.

Rounding off, Trump got 63 million votes, Hillary got 62 million.

Deduct another 60,000 votes from Hillary to account for the felons who were allowed to vote in Virgina.



thebigunit's picture

By the way, I suspect these numbers might be fishy.

They are being re-tweeted frequently, but the ultimate sources seems to be .  .  . TWITTER!

Twiter ISN"T a souce for election news, it's a channel.  They need to provide source information for their "news".

Shhh dont wake the VIX's picture

Wikileaks is bad ass. That's all I got to say.  It's one thing to think" Hey, all these libtard fucks on the ground are conspiring with these libtard fucks in the media" and another one to know it as fact. 

css1971's picture

"Give me a child until seven and I will show you the man."

Before you condemn these people too much you need to watch this video.


They've been the target of a concerted brainwashing campaign that's been going on for decades and it's going to take decades more to unbrainwash the population.

Very important the educational system is NOT run by the state.

MrBoompi's picture

This MSM is no different than a leopard.  Its spots are not going to change.  And it appears they are not going to stop their efforts to misinform and propagandize the American public.  They are not simply doing our country a disservice, they are doing harm.  They should be put out of business and jailed.  

Stone Junction's picture

Tylers !,
I have no idea if you look up each & every name you come across in the wikileaks emails -- but I thank you cordially for providing quality journalism as it should be !

Redart's picture

This is USA for Gods sake, not Brazil, Peru or Honduras. Trump won with merit and every media against him. Period. Get used to it. He is the Man and was elected in a fair system. Go home protesters, put the pajama, take a sedative and tomorrow is another day.

Dr.Carl's picture

Three things need to happen.

1. Soros needs to be held accountalbe and put in jail

2. H. Clinton needs to speak out against such actions since she incited a lot of them.

3. B. Obama needs to sepak out against such actions since he also helped incite such bitterness and hatred, and violence. 

Chet Ricco's picture

And all three need to spontaneously combust.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Dr.Carl Nov 13, 2016 9:19 PM


1.Soros needs to be handed over to Putin.

2. Clinton needs to FOAD.

3. Obama needs to ESAD.

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) Nov 13, 2016 6:41 PM

Deport Yung Choo Choo

Berspankme's picture

Trump had to beat everybody to win. Dems, Rethuglican establishment, press, Soros, Kochs et al. Nobody said it would be easy. Fuck these organized activist groups. Not once did they protest Obama/Cankles wars in Lybia, Syria, Ukraine. Fuck them they have no credibility