We all had our suspicions but it’s finally confirmed that open borders advocates are flying people around to protest at Republican events.
From Opportunity Lives:
The man seated next to me on my flight from Washington, D.C. to Columbia, South Carolina was quiet and unassuming. He was polite to the stewardess. I didn’t give him a second thought. But during Saturday’s Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity I recognized him as one of the half dozen protestors who interrupted Marco Rubio’s appearance by yelling and screaming that he was “undocumented and unafraid” – a considerable change in demeanor from our Friday morning flight.
The protestors identified as members of the pro-illegal immigration group United We Dream. The group has led similar protests against other Republican candidates including Donald Trump, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for their opposition to illegal immigration. While the group claims to be nonpartisan on its website, they have yet to stage any protests against Democratic candidates or elected officials. These are not spontaneous, “grassroots” organizers. They are well-funded “astroturf” protestors who are hired and paid to drive media coverage such as this.
What to conclude from this information? For one, these protestors, at least the one sat next to me, are not local citizens of South Carolina – they were flown in from Washington, D.C. Given that they flew in a full day before, I’d also suspect travel costs were paid for by United We Dream and thus their donors, not by the individuals themselves. So rather than a group of locals who disagree with Rubio’s policies, these protestors seem to be employees of a national liberal organization seeking to undermine a Republican candidate.
What this means is that there really isn’t a big group of people advocating for this stuff otherwise they wouldn’t have to ship the same people from one protest to another. This is called “astroturf” protesting because it’s bought, instead of arising naturally like a “grassroots” protest.
Thankfully our candidates have shown that they aren’t going to be intimidated by this fake protesting.