By now, anyone who has access to a television or the internet has surely seen clashes inside and outside of political campaign rallies paid for by businessman, and 2016 Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump. The vast majority of confrontations that are being broadcast by major media outlets are pushed out onto the airwaves in a fashion similar to the way that the largely Democratic and union protesters sneak into Trump rallies, stand up to block the view of supporters, then scream well-practiced slogans that sound eerily similar to those we used to hear at picket lines during major workplace strikes at major employers all across America. From the auto workers at Chrysler, Ford, and GM, to teacher’s unions, to the illegal immigrants that number in the millions here in the United States, the campaign to sew conflict and discord is being directed from the top down by third party organizations who have no direct connection to any candidate’s political campaign, and professional disrupters paid for by political action committees who record the payments paid to these instigators under every possible category of expense; from office supplies to car rentals, from plane tickets to money set aside for the establishment of new campaign offices.
One has to get beyond the images on television and internet, and get down to the fine details as to how these professional thugs have been brought into the Democratic party campaign apparatus, specifically to direct “protest actions” at scheduled Trump campaign events. The money trail becomes extremely difficult to follow, as it is passes from organization to organization. Where this campaign of violence begins and ends is conpletely controlled by political action committees who have no direct affiliation to any candidate. Protest planners, the individuals pulling the strings at the PACs, decide how many people will go to a rally to protest, and decide who will be paid for transportation and food with cash, gift cards for transportation costs, and even catered meals.
The most notorious political action committee known for these tactics is an organization called MoveOn.org, but there are also PACs from more legitimate organizations, such as the AFL-CIO, the NEA for teachers, and even some well funded PACs on the Republican side that are having a direct hand in funding these protests. So, at this point we have a good idea about where the money is coming from, and how these expenditures are being recorded by the PACs, including at LaRaza, a political activist organization that promotes legalization of the millions of illegal immigrants who are presently living in the United States, and who have entered the U.S. unlawfully.
There is a big difference between conspiracy theory and the realities on the ground involving these protesters. Meetings are generally planned by the Democratic National Committee for local campaign offices to decide who will attend a protest. Then a funding request or invoice is sent to the DNC so that it can be directed to the specific organizations that want to participate in funding and organizing the actual protesters that show up at a Donald Trump campaign event.
Money is transferred to protest organizers in a particular city scheduled to have a Donald Trump campaign appearance. With the money coming from third party PACs, the DNC can have “plausible deniability”, and say that it is in no way funding these protests. So we have a couple of things going on here at the same time.
While it is generally left wing zealots who are actively involved in the protests themselves, the GOP cannot be ruled out as a participant in funding protesters through third party PACs. At this point, let’s put into context the order of events regarding these professional instigators and agitators, and how they manage to get inside Trump’s rallies.
The plannning begins on the same day, sometimes within minutes, of the posting of an event by the Trump campaign on its website. DNC officials are notified, and then contacts are made to the PACs who send an advance team to the city where Trump will be holding a campaign rally. Once on the scene, the PACs begin setting up the infrastructure for their protest event.
The first order of business is making contact with individual members of the press who work within the local market. In these meetings, reporters are encouraged to enter the rally as supporters, and to make sure that they record any potential scuffles with video. For the reporters, and the media outlets who air violent footage from Trump rallies, it’s just another story on the political trail. Once the media entourage has been assembled, then its on to phase two of the multipart plan to stage campaign violence.
Next, protesters have to be located to participate in the local protest. Many are shipped in from PAC offices on a moment’s notice, some come from campaign staffers manning local campaign offices, and the rest are coordinated using a single command and control structure that is locally based in the area where the campaign event is going to take place.
Once the media outlets and protesters are chosen for a specific rally, arrangements are made to transport, feed, and pay for the time of these professional protesters. Many times, these funds are sent to a single person, who then places the money into a personal bank account; accounts not generally subject to Federal Election Commission rules. This allows the money to remain underground, only surfacing in the hours before the protest, as protesters are paid, their food and drinks are paid for, protest signs handed out, and then a local Democrat campaign staffer schedules a quick briefing of protesters to be held away from the campaign office, at a secret and different location. Not even the DNC is apprised of this part of the strategy until the event is over; then strategies are debated and the ones that had the greatest impact are kept within the protest playbook.
Finally, protest organizers spell out how the protest is to happen; from specific chants, to whether or not profanity is permitted, and then people chosen for inside the event duty are given a timed schedule on who will stand up and protest, and in what order they will do so. Protesters who are unable to enter into the event itself are instructed to interfere with the ingress and egress of Trump supporters to and from the venue. Protesters are instructed that if they are unable to get in, then try to block entrances and exits, and to keep them blocked as long as they can. The throwing of objects is certainly permitted outside the rally space, and whether a protester is inside the space of a campaign event or not, protesters are told that it is okay to put hands on Trump supporters to shove, elbow, or kick others, and to make certain that their original assault is not seen by anyone. It is no wonder that many of Trump’s supporters say that they have been struck from behind, almost as a matter of course, any time that supporters attend a campaign event.
The funding of violent protests by PACs and Super PACs is one of the most disgusting things that has ever been seen in politics, but it seems to happen every time a political candidate is not willing to do exactly as they are told by the PAC leadership, suddenly their campaign appearances are filled with protesters and those out to commit violence, on behalf of unseen individuals who fund the violence.
The biggest unlawful actions involving these money transfers have nothing to do with the violence itself. Because protesters are being compensated in a manner where the actual expense is reported as something else, such actions are directly in conflict with the laws and regulations of the localities and states where these protests are taking place. The laws that the protesters are in conflict with revolve around the misrepresentation of a campaign expense, which unto itself, is fraud and money laundering.
Don’t expect that anyone will actually go to jail for this kind of interference in another party’s candidacy. Of course not. There are so few people that are actually jailed for causing problems with your competition’s political campaign.
This is no conspiracy. However, it is the assimilation of the individual components of this strategy that allows it to come across as Donald Trump’s supporters are violent. The local Democrat campaign offices seem to be the hub around which these protest activities begin and end in any particular city.
The Trump supporters attending his rallies are, generally, not the instigators of any violence towards protesters. But its becoming an open secret that local Democrats are the ones who are calling the shots, and having general, not specific, oversight over the protesters. Specific oversight is provided by campaign and PAC staffers; once again, giving the Democratic party plausible deniability.
These are not ordinary people creating the violence. Individuals are being compensated to intimidate, harass, and generally be physically violent to Trump’s supporters. Just getting this information was a long, tedious, and very difficult process. Protesters we’ve spoken with are not giving their names, not saying that they have been paid. Those confessions and all the pertinent money transfer information has come unsolicited from within the DNC itself. Its hard to say if these are moles inside the DNC, or simply whistleblowers inside the organization. All of the information received for this story was taken in strict confidence, therefore, we will not be naming the sources who have contributed important information regarding the “pay for protesters” controversy.
Controversy is the correct term for exactly what this has become. Its all part of a carefully planned and orchestrated program to paint Donald Trump as a violent, hateful person. That perception cannot be farther from the truth. So how can we return the campaign to the people, and stop those creating violence and interfering with the constitutional rights of Trump’s supporters?
It is time to ramp up security to an extreme level over at the Donald Trump for President national campaign headquarters. If that means having 200-300 private security contractors and a combination of local and state law enforcement to keep the peace, then that is exactly what needs to be done.
Firstly, screening campaign attendees individually and refusing admission to those who appear to be nervous or are obvious Democrat supporters is just the first step. Unlike in Tucson on Saturday, at the Tucson Convention Center, where protesters were permitted to block entrances and exits, in violation of the city’s existing fire code, by local law enforcement officers, and Trump supporters were forced to walk through a gauntlet of protesters just to attend the rally, any new events need to have such a large presence of law enforcement that protesters won’t dare to cause trouble. For those that do cause problems, at a minimum these individuals should be arrested on criminal charges of creating a public disturbance and disorderly conduct, and then jailed at least overnight before being arraigned.
Next, screeners at Trump rallies need to allow more time to physically inspect each and every person before they are permitted to enter into the rally. Only official campaign materials should be allowed inside the rally; homemade signs will need to be kept out of the event to insure that protesters are not able to get their signs shown on television.
Given the extent and elaborate protocols the DNC is using to fashion these protests, it is going to be very difficult to keep every protester out of Trump’s campaign appearances. Those who become physically violent must be rushed by several police officers and security guards, placed into handcuffs, and escorted off the physical property by law enforcement. What happened in Tucson is when protesters were escorted out of the building, they were permitted to remain on convention center grounds, even though these individuals had no legitimate purpose for staying on the property, with the exception of harassing and causing harm to Trump supporters as they left the convention center Saturday evening. Outside the venue is where rock throwing began by those who had been kicked out of the city owned facility.
For anyone to say that Trump is creating violence is a completely false statement. Now we know where the violence is coming from, and if it means that riot police and SWAT officers must be at the next Trump rally, (and the one after that, and so on) numbering in the hundreds of officers and in formation, as they were in Salt Lake City, it will surely induce a sigh of relief from older Americans who want to see Trump, but are afraid they are going to be violently attacked by protesters.
There is no first amendment right to strike another person at a political rally. Such actions are not protected by the constitution. Doing so is a simple assault, most likely also disorderly conduct, and the protesters who are striking other people need to be placed under the scrutiny of law enforcement professionals, and jailed for as long as possible.
If there are enough protesters being arrested, then you will see fewer of them at Trump campaign rallies. That’s really a good thing for all of us.
(This commentary was composed using sources that refused to be named or in any other way identitfied. In collecting these reports, many statements included could not be made attributable to any person, and this commentary does not specifically represent the opinions of the byteclay.com, but is the sole opinion of the reporter of this story.)
Interviews were conducted with Trump rally protesters in Tucson, Arizona, from 3-19-2016 until 3-20-2016, and names have been withheld to protect the privacy and safety of interviewees