It's actually painful to watch.
From the allegedly fake name, to a company that does not exist, to numbers that simply don't add up, Fox News host Tucker Carlson tears apart “Dom Tullipso” the man who claims to run a company that pays "operatives" as much as $2,500 a month "on top of standard per-event pay of $50/hr" for their work as hired protesters.
“So, this is a sham, your company isn’t real, your website is fake, the claims you have made are lies, this is a hoax,” Carlson says, adding his team couldn’t find a record of a person by the name “Dom Tullipso.”
The entire interview consists of the host tearing down all the claims and “Tullipso” giving vague answers.
“It’s pretty darn easy these days to say whatever you want on national TV and have it passed off as truth,” he accedes eventually and even tells Carlson, “God bless you for fact checking, even if you did it while we were on the air.”
“When your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it to life,” they claim.
An ad placed on Backpage.com promises a full-time job that pays a $2,500 retainer, plus $50/hr., and benefits.
The website even claims to include an endorsement from an “unnamed” 2016 presidential campaign chair, who allegedly called the group’s work “astonishing.”
A piece titled “BREAKING: Far Left Group Is Paying Activists a Monthly Salary to Stop TRUMP,” was written by the Gateway Pundit and cited 4Chan in mentioning a possible link between Demand Protest and billionaire financier George Soros.
It is the perfect example of how fake news can become viral enough to shake things up on a national level.
The story was covered by various right-wing organizations including Infowars and Drudge Report. Breitbart went as far as to say, “The left is gearing up for war, and hiring mercenaries.”
Soon enough, the story made it to Facebook.
Needless to say, the far right is having a field day, celebrating the fact that anti-Trump protesters are allegedly paid stooges rather than legitimately concerned citizens.
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