Andrew Kerr, DCNF
The New York Times accused President Donald Trump of rehashing a “well-worn trope of the far right” in his Friday morning tweet labeling anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters as paid professionals funded by liberal billionaire financier George Soros.
The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
The “elevator screamers” in Trump’s tweet is an apparent reference to the two protestors who confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake just prior to his decision call for a supplemental FBI investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in 1982.
“He called them ‘paid professionals’ and intimated that they are paid by George Soros, a liberal financier who has long starred in the conspiracy theories of the far right,” The Times reported.
However, one of the women who confronted Flake was identified by Fox News as Ana Maria Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), an organization that has received millions from Soros since 2014.
The CPD is one of the participating nonprofit organizations of #CancelKavanaugh, a movement which provided anti-Kavanaugh protestors cash to resolve fines received for engaging in civil disobedience during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
The CPD, along with #CancelKavanaugh co-organizers Women’s March and Housing Works, took ownership of the arrests of more than 200 activists who disrupted Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in early September.
#CancelKavanaugh has organized events throughout Kavanaugh’s entire confirmation process. The movement is currently organizing “direct action in D.C. and around the country” this weekend in a last-ditch effort to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court.
The Daily Caller News Foundation attended a conference call in September in which CPD national field organizer Darius Gordon said the left-wing groups would provide cash to protesters who didn’t show up with their own money to resolve their fines.
“If you do not have access to your cash we will certainly be able to arrange to get it to you before the action,” Housing Works national advocacy coordinator Paul Davis said on the call.
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