On Friday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that the protesters who confronted Senators in the elevator over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination were paid actors using professional signs, not signs made with “love.”
“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!,” he wrote, adding the hashtag “#Troublemakers.”
Yet, appearing on CNN on Friday two women — one who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake and the other who confronted Sen. Orrin Hatch refuted Trump’s claims.
“Who was paid?” host Chris Cuomo asked. “Either of you?”
“Nobody was paid,” Kathy Beynette, who confronted Hatch, said with a laugh.
Ana Maria Archila, who confronted Flake, agreed.
Then Cuomo asked if the signs were professionally made.
“Yes, we made signs listen, I am an organizer, I’ve spent the last 17 years building community organizations where people who are regular people find community, find power,” Archila explained. “We mass our resources together, we pull our money, we make signs together, we want to make sure that our government listens to us. That doesn’t mean we are paid or that we are pawns. That means that we are ready to fight for our lives and by fighting for our lives, we’re fighting for our country. That’s what it is.”
Watch above, via CNN
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