Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

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Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob

By John Ruberry

Some­times I watch tele­vi­sion pro­grams so you don’t have to. Such was the case this morn­ing as I endured ABC’s This Week, which was slightly more tol­er­a­ble than usual because the reg­u­lar host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge.

Of course the show was dom­i­nated by the cir­cus sur­round­ing the drawn-​out con­fir­ma­tion process of Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last night as the newest US Supreme Court Asso­ciate Justice.

I talked to a woman from Ultra­Vi­o­lent who was paid,” Vice News’ Wash­ing­ton bureau chief Shawna Thomas told Karl on the pro­gram “she helped steer peo­ple in the right ways to be able to con­front senators.”

Karl inter­jected, “So there were paid,” but then Thomas jumped back in, “There were peo­ple that were paid by orga­ni­za­tions like Ultra­Vi­o­let to try to har­ness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing.”

Ultra­Vi­o­let, which I haven’t heard of until this morn­ing, is left-​wing female advo­cacy group.

Well one of those “viral moments” was the scream­ing attack on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-​AZ) in a Capi­tol ele­va­tor. This is not, to para­phrase a favored chant by left­ist pro­test­ers, how democ­racy is sup­posed to look like.

Another moment was the reg­u­lar stream of shriek­ing inter­rup­tions dur­ing the Sen­ate Jus­tice Com­mit­tee hear­ings for Kavanaugh.

Another viral moment were the mobs that swarmed the Capi­tol build­ing over the last few days.

The very rude ele­va­tor scream­ers are paid pro­fes­sion­als only look­ing to make Sen­a­tors look bad,” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump remarked on Twit­ter on Fri­day. “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!”

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Now notice that Thomas didn’t say that the pro­test­ers were paid, as Trump claims. Per­haps they were, but let’s look back at her com­ment about the woman from Ultra­Vi­o­let who “helped steer peo­ple in the right ways to be able to con­front sen­a­tors.” Hmmm. That makes these protests much less spon­ta­neous. Think astro­turf, not grass roots.

Yes­ter­day there was a Can­cel Kavan­u­agh march in Wash­ing­ton that of course achieved noth­ing other than let­ting a bunch of left­ists to blow off steam, assum­ing they had any steam left. Planned Par­ent­hood Action Fund, Women’s March National, and CPD Action, an advo­cacy group con­nected to the Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Democ­racy, were behind that anger fest. The peo­ple run­ning these orga­ni­za­tions, and their lieu­tenants, are almost cer­tainly paid.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

MoveOn​.org was active in the effort to pre­vent Kavanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion. Now that is rich. MoveOn was formed, to well, “move on” from the inves­ti­ga­tion of Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Mon­ica Lewin­sky. When is the left going to have its defi­ant #MeToo moment with the Clin­tons? They’ve cer­tainly had that moment with Kavanaugh in regards to the alle­ga­tions made by Chris­tine Blasey Ford. Oh wait, I for­got, Kavanaugh is a Repub­li­can jus­tice nom­i­nated by a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent. Silly me.

The anti-​Kavanaugh protests are just the lat­est street the­ater per­for­mance of a play that goes back to the 1960s, as are the arrests. And once again I have to ask, what hap­pens to those shrill screech­ers – and I’m just cit­ing one series of instances – who were arrested for dis­rupt­ing the Kavanaugh hear­ings at the US Capi­tol. Will they be pros­e­cuted? Or will a sym­pa­thetic pros­e­cu­tor qui­etly drop the charges against them so they can scream another day? Are we still a nation of laws?

And while the rank-​and-​file pro­test­ers may not have been directly paid, I have some more ques­tions. Who designs and pur­chases the match­ing T-​shirts many of them wear? Who pays for the travel expenses for the rab­ble rousers? Who writes the checks for those pro­fes­sion­ally printed signs and posters?

There is money, to be sure, per­haps big money, behind these con­fronta­tions and rallies.

UPDATE 9:15 EDT: I have video of Thomas’ admission:

https://​plat​form​.twit​ter​.com/​w​i​d​g​e​ts.js

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Sometimes I watch television programs so you don’t have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC’s This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge.

Of course the show was dominated by the circus surrounding the drawn-out confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last night as the newest US Supreme Court Associate Justice.

“I talked to a woman from UltraViolent who was paid,” Vice News’ Washington bureau chief Shawna Thomas told Karl on the program “she helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.”

Karl interjected, “So there were paid,” but then Thomas jumped back in, “There were people that were paid by organizations like UltraViolet to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing.”

UltraViolet, which I haven’t heard of until this morning, is left-wing female advocacy group.

Well one of those “viral moments” was the screaming attack on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  in a Capitol elevator. This is not, to paraphrase a favored chant by leftist protesters, how democracy is supposed to look like.

Another moment was the regular stream of shrieking interruptions during the Senate Justice Committee hearings for Kavanaugh.

Another viral moment were the mobs that swarmed the Capitol building over the last few days.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” President Donald Trump remarked on Twitter on Friday. “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!”

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Now notice that Thomas didn’t say that the protesters were paid, as Trump claims. Perhaps they were, but let’s look back at her comment about the woman from UltraViolet who “helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.” Hmmm. That makes these protests much less spontaneous. Think astroturf, not grass roots.

Yesterday there was a Cancel Kavanuagh march in Washington that of course achieved nothing other than letting a bunch of leftists to blow off steam, assuming they had any steam left. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March National, and CPD Action, an advocacy group connected to the Center for Popular Democracy, were behind that anger fest. The people running these organizations, and their lieutenants, are almost certainly paid.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

MoveOn.org was active in the effort to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Now that is rich. MoveOn was formed, to well, “move on” from the investigation of Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When is the left going to have its defiant #MeToo moment with the Clintons? They’ve certainly had that moment with Kavanaugh in regards to the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. Oh wait, I forgot, Kavanaugh is a Republican justice nominated by a Republican president. Silly me.

The anti-Kavanaugh protests are just the latest street theater performance of a play that goes back to the 1960s, as are the arrests. And once again I have to ask, what happens to those shrill screechers–and I’m just citing one series of instances–who were arrested for disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings at the US Capitol. Will they be prosecuted? Or will a sympathetic prosecutor quietly drop the charges against them so they can scream another day? Are we still a nation of laws?

And while the rank-and-file protesters may not have been directly paid, I have some more questions. Who designs and purchases the matching T-shirts many of them wear? Who pays for the travel expenses for the rabble rousers? Who writes the checks for those professionally printed signs and posters?

There is money, to be sure, perhaps big money, behind these confrontations and rallies.

UPDATE 9:15 EDT: I have video of Thomas’ admission:

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John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.