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Trump: paid protesters ‘less professional than anticipated’

October 9, 2018

President Trump criticized the “screamers in Congress” on Tuesday and said their behavior was “less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills.”

He said that the groups would be “ready to REALLY protest” because they have not received checks yet.

The paid D.C. protesters are now ready to REALLY protest because they haven’t gotten their checks - in other words, they weren’t paid! Screamers in Congress, and outside, were far too obvious - less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2018

Manycritics of the president argue that he is pushing conspiracy theories to undermine the protesters, some of whom were sexual assault survivors.

On Monday, Vice News DC Chief Shawna Thomas said on ABC’s “This Week,” that there were indeed paid organizers working to shape the protests into “viral moments.”

Ms. Thomas took to Twitter after her clip went viral and explained that while individuals did work with official organizations, that was different than hiring impartial individuals to protest.

Valerie Richardson contributed to this report.

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