Another Anti-Trump Demonstration Turns Ugly
Last May, Democrats organized a protest outside of Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., when Donald Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the turnout was small. Luckily for them, the media assisted with the optics. Reported Full Measure's Sharyl Attkisson:
They were surprised and delighted by reporters’ mischaracterizations of the event.
“Tv coverage of protest great” declared DNC communications official T.J. Helmstetter in an email to DNC National Communications Director Luis Miranda on May 12, 2016.
“Shockingly good coverage despite abysmal turnout. CNN and MSNBC using prominently.”
Miranda responds: “Yes, but going forward, when our allies screw up and don’t deliver bodies in time, we either send all our interns out there or we stay away from it.. we don’t want to own a bad picture.”
“The Hill” published a story by a writer named Harper Neidig that made it sound like the area was crawling with Trump opponents and supporters. The story was accompanied by a photo showing four anti-Trump protesters holding signs.
The DNC announced the departures of Luis Miranda and Brad Marshall earlier this month, but the question of whether the DNC is still meddling with Trump events remains open. The DNC has used fake protesters throughout Obama's terms -- their utilization of the practice dates back to the Bush administration, and was employed by former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
PJ Media's request for comment from the DNC was not returned in time for publication.