Protests have disrupted daily life in many major cities across the U.S. since Donald Trump was elected president. New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Chicago, and Los Angeles are just a few. And while many of those protesters may be out on the streets of their own conviction, there is increasing reason to believe that many of them are there to pick up a paycheck.
In Boston, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Philadelphia, a Planned Parenthood-affiliated PAC has placed the following advertisements on Craigslist: “STOP TRUMP – up to $1500/week. Hiring immediately! Call Today Start tomorrow! $15-$18 hourly rate + bonus + overtime up to 77 hours per week!”
These ads popped up before the election, but most of them were still up as of Wednesday, causing critics to suspect that these protests may not be as “grassroots” and “spontaneous” as we’ve been led to believe.
According to Fox News, neither Planned Parenthood nor their activist wing, Community Outreach Group, have responded to requests for comment. In an interview with FoxNews.com, former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts said he was not surprised to see the leftist organization foment dissent.
“I wouldn’t be shocked that this group is going the extra mile to undermine the legitimate transfer of power,” he said. “It comes into question whether they are using taxpayer money appropriately or even legally. This goes above and beyond their duty and ability to provide services for women.”
Planned Parenthood isn’t the only group suspected of paying protesters. The George Soros-funded MoveOn.org didn’t bother to hide their own involvement in a New York Craigslist ad offering $18 an hour to people willing to march the streets. “We only want protesters under the age of 30,” read the ad. “We prefer minorities.”
It’s hardly worth appealing to the “better natures” of these organizations or explaining to them how this kind of operation is unhelpful. They flatly don’t care. Their goal is to look out for their own liberal interests, not to bring about “unity” at a time of great American division. The longer they can keep the controversy spinning, the more donations they can count on.
At the end of the day, they can march for the next four years straight and it won’t change the results of the election. And hey, look at it this way: Trump’s not even president yet and he’s already creating jobs!