Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 12:48 PM
A San Francisco company has posted ads in more than 20 cities nationwide seeking protesters to demonstrate at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, offering to pay up to $2,500, The Washington Times reported.
"Get paid fighting against Trump!" bellowed the ad listed on the website backpage.com, The Times reported.
Demand Protest, calling itself the "largest private grassroots support organization in the U.S.," is offering a retainer of $2,500 plus "our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year," The Times reported.
Though reports of paid agitators has been debunked as "fake news," Demand Protest has a working phone number.
"We are strategists mobilizing millennials across the globe with seeded audiences and desirable messages," a message reads on the website. "With absolute discretion a top priority, our operatives create convincing scenes that become the building blocks of massive movements. When you need the appearance of outrage, we are able to deliver it at scale while keeping your reputation intact."
The site also claims to have supported 17 causes, run 48 campaigns, and boasts 1,800 operatives.
What we have here is another case of agent provocateurs - paid agitators. They used them to protest when a Black is killed by a White police officer, and the government uses them to infiltrate many so-called fringe groups including National Socialist groups, Communist groups, and probably even Demand Protest itself. I guess you might say any government paid agent provocateurs within Demand Protest could be considered "double agents".
Perhaps paid protesters are in reality "fake news", but one thing is not fake: Many organizations reimburse their protesters for travel expenses and accommodations if the event is an over-nighter. That's sort of being paid. How many of those demonstrators would have NOT attended if they had to pay their own expenses?
I have been a member of three different activist organizations in my life: The National Socialist American Labor Party (NSALP), Aryan Nations, and the ANP over nearly ten years. During that time I attended three events in excess of 2000 miles away. I paid for all three myself. No salary, no paid expenses. I've also attended numerous other events, some of which were a few hours drive each way. Same thing, no pay, no paid expenses. No one in the ANP is paid or reimbursed for anything. We are not paid agent provocateurs.
I look at it this way, if said protesters are being paid in any way, their voices mean nothing to me. How do I know they would even be there if they weren't being paid in some way? If you're not willing to pay your own expenses, then you don't really care all that much. Low income? If you really care, you'll find a way.
As to the protesters at Trump's inauguration, how many were paid or at least reimbursed for expenses, and how many would not have showed up if they weren't?
One last thing. To all you anti-Trump people who may read this, what's the good of protesting? It's a done deal. Trump is president. Your protests - regardless of how large or even violent will not change a thing. No one has the legal power to legally remove him from office so all your efforts are for nothing. Do you think Trump cares that you hate him? You better believe he doesn't. He regards you with contempt. I say it's time for you to let it go and prepare for the 2020 election. That's the next chance you have to get rid of him, and you had better start now. An incumbent is always harder to beat than a challenger.