Chaffetz Accuses Paid Protesters Of Being "Shipped In" To Cause Chaos At Republican Townhalls

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On Thursday night, a Utah Town Hall meeting hosted by the Republican Chair of the House Committee on Oversight, Jason Chaffetz, came under attack from a mob of angry protesters who disrupted the meeting, demanding that he "do his job."

This was not the first time a republican town hall meeting turned ugly after a swarm of liberal protesters caused chaos: last week republican congressman Tom McClintock was forced to get a police escort after a town hall in California turned angry over Obamacare repeal. The SacBee said that many of the protesting participants "identified themselves as liberal Democrats and progressives, while party registration in McClintock’s district is solidly Republican."

So, overnight, Chaffetz shot back, and told KSL that the raucous reception he received at Thursday evening's town hall meeting was "bullying and an attempt at intimidation" from a crowd opposed to President Donald Trump's election. More importantly, the republican accused paid interests (here the name of George Soros has been heard frequently in recent months) of orchestrating the rising protests and violence at Republican townhalls. Chaffets said the crowd that filled the auditorium at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights and spilled over into a protest outside, included people brought in from other states to disrupt the meeting.

"Absolutely. I know there were," he said, suggesting it was "more of a paid attempt to bully and intimidate" than a reflection of the feelings of his 3rd District constituents.

"You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted effort in part to just cause chaos," the Utah Republican said Friday. "Democrats are in disbelief that they have nothing but flailing and screaming to deal with this."

That such strong anti-Trump sentiment is coming from one of the most Republican states in the country is surprising, said Tim Hagle, a University of Iowa political science professor and an active member of the GOP. "The fact that it's happening in Utah as well as a lot of places signals there are a lot of people on the left who are still angry and energized," Hagle said. "They're saying they want to be heard." That, or as Chaffets suggests, it is merely a repeat of the well-organized protests in which a core group of paid, professional activists was carted around the country to various republican events, and used as an anchor to generate tension and violence.

As KSL adds, the relentless jeering at his and other recent congressional town halls around the country comes as protests continue over Trump's policies. Those protests include the women's marches held around the world that drew thousands of demonstrators to the Utah Capitol on the opening day of the 2017 Legislature last month.  As reported last month, an Ex-WSJ reporter found George Soros had ties to more than 50 "Partners" of the Women’s March, suggesting that the billionaire Clinton-supporter is the mastermind behind this rising wave of protests.

Asked who would foot the bill to fill the audience with outside agitators, Chaffetz said, "do some reporting" and described how one participant made it a point to say he was not being paid by a national Democratic organization.

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Democrats, naturally, denied the allegation: Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, said she believed most of the estimated 1,000 attendees inside the high school auditorium — and at least that many who protested outside — were Chaffetz's constituents.

"I've heard some of my colleagues (at the Utah Legislature) say here today that they had shipped in liberals to give him a bad time," Poulson said. "I serve that area and I listen to their frustrations."

She said when she invited her own constituents to attend a legislative gathering held in Holladay on Thursday night, many in the politically moderate area said they were going to Chaffetz's town hall meeting instead.


"I had so many get back to me and say, 'We've been so upset by what Rep. Chaffetz is doing. We want him to investigate equally, with as much zeal as he did in the past, with this current administration,'" Poulson said.

Meanwhile,  Don Peay of Utahns for Trump, who has close ties to the Trump family, said he walked out of the meeting that was punctuated by chants including "do your job" "you work for us" and "vote him out."  "It was an angry mob of anarchists. It wasn't just Trump. They hated everything," Peay said. "The behavior at the meeting was a hundred times worse than anything ever out of Trump's mouth."

Another longtime Trump supporter, Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, said "some of the discontent is just a result of disappointment in the election." But Okerlund said there's an edge to how that's being expressed.

"This is taking it to a new level. All of the demonstrations and some of the vehemence that we have not seen before," he said. "We're just seeing this continued escalation of discontent by the side that isn't in charge."

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The focus of the town hall was on whether Chaffetz, as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would hold the president accountable. Chaffetz said that was "ironic" since earlier Thursday he had called for "disciplinary action" against a White House counselor who apparently violated federal ethics rules by urging people to buy Ivanka Trump merchandise in a TV interview. "I’ll never satisfy their desire to bring down Donald Trump. I’ll never satisfy that. It will never be good enough," he said, noting that the president is exempt from conflict of interest laws and his business interests have long been widely known.

"People are asking me to use the power of Congress to do a full-on fishing expedition to investigate him personally on things that are not required by law. I think my doing that would be an abuse of power," Chaffetz said. The congressman said while it's "important that people have an opportunity to voice their concerns, I think they should be somewhat embarrassed by how a lot of people handled themselves." Chaffetz said he was trying to provide that opportunity by holding the town hall meeting.

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When asked if he will continue to make himself available to voters, Chaffetz answered affirmatively but sayd he may now avoid providing a venue "for these radicals to further intimidate."

Meanwhile, if Chaffetz is right, and if the townhall disruptors are a paid group of professional protesters meant to disrupt republican events, look for more, similar protests in the coming weeks, as hostilities and violence rise, even if it is only to benefit a select group of - for the time being - unconfrimed financial backers.

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Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Feb 11, 2017 1:52 PM

OK, where's the Utah cat lady who has "irrefutable proof" that these were pubes protesting the Bears Ears Monument closing?

erkme73's picture

I think it's time for another James O'Keefe expose...



chunga's picture

Say it Chaffetz, say it. His name is George Soros.

It's only a secret to you politicians.

Tom the Turgid POM's picture

yes!  soros is a monster we can all rally against!

Manthong's picture

They are not anarchists

They are leftist terrorists intent on instilling fear to participate lawfully and to speak out.

Their terror tactics place them somewhere between violent totalitarian fascism and communism.

Arrest or otherwise eliminate Soros first and then work your way down if you want to fix the problem.


38BWD22's picture



Sean Hanitty has it right:

All of you in Congress, get off your asses and get to work!

(words to that effect)


That includes you, Mr. Chaffetz...

Billy the Poet's picture

"My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate!" --  J.R.R. Tolkien

cossack55's picture

Well, if this wothless bag of shit starts investigating today, based on his prior performance, we can expect results in about 2032

beemasters's picture

Issue an International Arrest Warrant for George Soros

88.5k signatures to go before Feb 20, 2017. Can we make it?

Mr. Universe's picture

What bothers me is no investigative reporters are digging into the bottom of these allegations other than an intrepid few. Apparently this is a "no-go" zone for the media as the funding seems to come from the same reservoir. Being bought off by a Satanic cult means never having to say your sorry. 

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"Investigative reporters" is an oxymoron. They no longer exist. Haven't you noticed the conspicuous absence of Bob Woodward? His silence regarding the 2016 election has, to me anyhow, been deafening. The excuse is that newspapers don't have the manpower, the money, to devote to "investigating" allegations of misconduct, not even when it's presented in black and white. You can spoon-feed it to them and they don't care.

I realize I'm relatively new here, but let me teach you all a new phrase to commit to memory: No response IS the response.

Just. Go. Away.

joe6px's picture

please point out an elected official that has been more responsive or professional. I used to regard your posts with some interest, but lately you are as Ad Hominem as most progressives. Change of heart?

The Saint's picture

Just pass a law that makes paying political protestors to protest is illegal.


The Wizard's picture

Primary front man for the Rothschild's

Kayman's picture

What price for a bounty on George Soros' withered old hide?  

peddling-fiction's picture

The payback scene in The Sum of All Fears flashes in my mind with this kind of talk.

Pumpkin's picture

If they just snuffed him out, then we could tell.  If the BS stops, well then you know it was him.  If not we'll have to move on to another evil old bastard.

joe6px's picture

His son is a chip off the ole demon, and his staff didn't get there because they value national culture.

WaterWings's picture

That Chaffetz et al are not already in V formation behind Trump is telling. Maybe Chaffetz is in shock? WAKE UP Chaffetz! and show us you fight for Light and Truth.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) chunga Feb 11, 2017 4:31 PM

sign and share the petition to arrest Soros

we need 85K signatures.

sign it and share it

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 11, 2017 5:11 PM

That petition site has no credibility. 3 of the top 4 petitions are asking for something unconstitutional. The 4th is based on a completely irrational interpretation of the constitution.

Save_America1st's picture
Chaffetz Accuses Paid Protesters Of Being "Shipped In" To Cause Chaos At Republican Townhalls


Trump is going to go after Soros after he takes down all the #pizzagate pedos and all the treasonous, Marxist, scumbag, sociopaths in the government. 

petar's picture

Top three Trump lies this week:

1. All negative polls are fake news.

2. Longest cabinet delay in history.

3. Media doesn't report terrorist attacks.

Omen IV's picture

you will be made to self deport!

Kayman's picture

Media lies this week? Not enough ink to print.

Dirty Noxious Criminals bleating? At least one.

Petar- a poor replica of MDB.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

You, like the idiots in the media, are blind to the tactics at work here.

Trump succeeded in baiting the media into extensive coverage of three topics they would otherwise have ignored:
1. their own dishones manipulation of sampling to shape opinion;
2. the democrats' hypocrisy in engaging in open obstruction of the president's agenda, which is exactly the complaint they lodged against republicans (mostly groundlessly) for the past eight years; and
3. the dangers of terrorism posed by the left's open borders policies, as well as the deliberate ommissions in their own reporting on the subject.

He keeps right on playing the media, and like you, they can't recognize this strategy and fall for it over and over again. 

That strategy is: say something provocative, inaccurate, but with a kernal of truth, addressing a topic on which the there is a factually weak but politically correct assumpition that you wish to challenge.  The  media will take the bait, but will be forced to address the flawed underpinnings of their cant, revealing the bias in their coverage.  You then back off to the kernal of truth, which the media would otherwise have never reported. The public cares about the kernel of truth and its prior suppression by the media.  The public chalks your inaccuracy up to exaggeration, and recognizes that you may have exaggerated once, but the media has been lying for years. 

joe6px's picture

Excellent! Trump is running an insurgency that is undermining the establishment with their own ineptitude.

joe6px's picture

The real problem with your "facts" is that the establishment take Trump litteraly while his supporters know he is speaking metaphoricaly.
While we are at it, let's talk about alternative facts. The media has been so partisan in how they report events that they have ignored facts, thus by omission of truth, have created a catagory of information now known as "alternative facts". It sounds rediculus from the outset, which is entirely the point.

Krungle's picture

Sadly there hasn't been the slightest hint of them actually being interested in this. Hell, even Chaffetz won't do the obvious and open a Congressional inquiry into Soros's funding of sedition. Pretty easy. And you'd find evidence on a superficial search...once you got into the audits and everything it would be more damning still. All we have is an admin doubling down on treating the symptoms (immigration) and not going after the root cause (Soros et al.). Like so many other things this should be really easy: sign an EO naming Soros as an enemy of the United States, seize all of his assets, and put out an arrest warrant on him. That dries up all the money immediately for these protests (we'll see how keen the Zuckerberg's and Bezo's are spending their own money instead of the Soros slush fund), and puts Soros on the run from Russia and the US. I'm pretty sure a joint FSB-FBI task force can bring him in. When all the snowflakes start freaking out, you release evidence of him trafficking in kids and organs. This is the sort of cognitive dissonance you want the opposition in, having to either be for a child trafficker, or against a mere pussy grabber. 

The worrisome part is that they're either co-opted already, or they seemingly came into office unprepared to take on the beast. Why even bother going after symptoms that you know Soros is going to drum up protests over instead of going for Soros? Why didn't they hire a PR firm to run a more persuasive case? Hire George Webb and instead of having Spicer fight with the media, make them sit through George's slide shows every morning. Crowdsource strategt from ZH. I don't know...none of this should be that hard to figure out if you actually want to win (and at this point, they kind of have to win).


Kayman's picture

FacePlant, Google etc. exist solely because old-fashioned Corporations buy eyeballs and clicks.  Once these advertisers figure out they are buying a mirage, these Fake businesses will die.

Social Media is a Hoola-Hoop.

Hunter S. Thompson's picture

Exatcly, these people need to be doxxed to see where they really came from.

localsavage's picture

Maybe...You fake Republicans should quit being an asshole to Trump and have him help you destroy Soros.  Since you are mosy likely taking Soros money, please go kill yourself.

Laddie's picture

Well Utahn Republicans have drunk the Kool-Ade that the Mormon Church has been preaching since they gave the priesthood to the blacks back when BawBwa Walters embarrassed Donny & Marie on ABC.

"Conservatives" such as Mitt Romney, John McCain, Paul Ryan, and a landslide of other Repubs are DANGEROUS because they push the SAME poison onto their white supporters that the Tribe does.

The Tribe is devoid of mercy.
Professor Kevin MacDonald’s ‘The Culture of Critique’ Reviewed emeritus professor of psychology at California State University - Long Beach

thetruthhurts's picture

I order to get your voters registration card or drivers license with address in district...


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) thetruthhurts Feb 11, 2017 4:32 PM

should have to bring current electric or water bill too.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Fathead Slim Feb 11, 2017 5:05 PM

I think the GOPe critters like Chaffetz are at least complicit in this.

"conservative" is just the other side of the coin of cultural destruction the "liberals" are engaged in.

Neither political movement is interested in honesty, deliberation, or introspection. They are both Hegelian Dialectic tools.

Fuck Chaffetz. He is a show boater who protects the swamp with misdirection.

DieSocialJusticeWankers's picture

Of course they're paid protesters you stupid fuck...wake the fuck up republicans....the fight has only Trump and win for once......cock suckers!

Son of Loki's picture

Arrest them.

Arrest them.

Arrest them and jail them for 6 months.

Threatening a public offical is a crime and is extremely harmful to our country, free speech, etc.

HamFistedIdiot's picture

How many fucking federal agencies does it take to figure this out and shut it down? I can't wait till we have Soros ensnared in this clusterfuck and brought to justice. What steps are needed to force the judiciary to support the Constitution? Do we need the Marines on this? And please, Trump and Bannon: Clean house and plug those leaks ASAP! New Chief of Staff, new Press Secretary, whatever is needed to keep forward momentum.

White House Staff Full Of Backstabbing Hillary Acolytes

TBT or not TBT's picture

For a problem like Soros you need Van Helsing.   He would be looking for Soros' coffin, shipments of dirt from overseas, and suspicious disappearances of healthy young people.  

phaedrus1952's picture

North Dakota goverment folks are smart.

They are indicting DAPLprotestors. on serious felonies to get them to roll over on who is paying them.


Absent. timely. submission of. W-9s, which would trigger.  prosecution, the shadow financier. would. be. exposed.

Pretty  clever.

Fiscal.Enema's picture

Here in North Dakota we've spent 30 million+ in law enforcement. The protesters for the DAPL were given $1000 signing bonus. Round trip to Bismarck and $19/hr. for protesting. The state tax department wants their fair share or face prosecution.

Vlad? Take out Soros for us. Please?

The Pipe will start carrying oil in April.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) phaedrus1952 Feb 11, 2017 4:34 PM

Protesters arrested at Inauguration are charged with felony rioting too.

I think 190 of them.

See you in court losers!

Kayman's picture

The "protesters" are on government welfare, on the payroll of Dirty Noxious Criminals' many corrupt contributors and tentacles.  Or just plain in-your-face Rent-a-Mobsters. 

e_goldstein's picture


How about hard labor building that new wall.