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Paid Protesters? Yes, Sent By The ‘Alt-Right’

Public Theater defends 'Julius Caesar

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

You may have mocked claims about the existence of paid protesters as just another lie from the right. As it turns out, at least on this one issue, they’re actually telling the truth. The problem is, the right neglected to mention those paid protesters are part of the right wing apparatus.

The story starts last week, when the right wing decided to aim its collective outrage at a free staging of Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” held in New York City’s Central Park. Mike Cernovich, a self-described member of the alt-right who thinks the U.S. should give immigrants IQ tests, put up a YouTube video in which he offered cash to any protesters willing to disrupt the play for pay.

“I’ll give up to 10 people $1,000,” Cernovich says in the footage. “I need you to get up with either a ‘CNN is ISIS’ or ‘Bill Clinton’s a rapist’ or ‘The media is terrorism’ [sign]. And if you’re able to get up and be escorted out by security, then I will give you $1,000.”

In other words, Cernovich was actively and openly looking to recruit paid protesters. You know how conservatives made up that ridiculous myth about George Soros sending checks to liberals who march in protests? This is the real version of that, only sponsored by Cernovich.

The story actually gets richer, so to speak, as it continues. The night after Cernovich’s offer, two protesters went to see “Julius Caesar” in the park. Semi-notorious right-wing media figure Laura Loomer snagged a ticket for a second-row seat that definitely should have gone to someone who actually wanted to see the play. Alt-right provocateur Jack Posobiec, whose greatest hits include pizzagate and the Seth Rich conspiracy lie, also showed up. The two Trumpites told the New Yorker they hadn’t planned to meet—which may or may not be true—and once they spotted each other, they sat apart so as not to arouse suspicion. “Are you here for the Cernovich contest?” Posobiec reportedly texted Loomer, according to the New Yorker. She responded, “Just stay tuned.”

In the middle of the production, Loomer stormed the stage, briefly halting the action and earning a chorus of boos from an audience that just wanted to see some Shakespeare. There’s footage of the whole thing, including Loomer being removed from the stage as she shouts “CNN is ISIS”—the exact phrase Cernovich suggested—over and over. As Loomer was escorted out, Posobiec stood up and began yelling “Nazis” and “Goebbels” at the audience, until he was removed. He also recorded his outburst, possibly because Cernovich wants proof before he’ll pay out.

Loomer continued yelling even once she was put outside the venue, and police finally showed up at some point to arrest her. She was then led away, upright and intact, like a human being who does not also happen to be an unarmed black kid.

It’s important to note that Loomer works for right-wing Canadian media outlet Rebel Media, and until late May, so did Posobiec. The blog Canadaland describes it as a Breitbart-esque site filled with contributors who “have called for a new Crusade to expel Muslims from the ‘Holy Land,” outlined what they “hate about the Jews,” and most recently, said that British Muslims are “enemy combatants,” at least some of whom should be placed into camps.”

Loomer was released hours after her arrest. Rebel Media put up a “Free Laura page” on its website, including a link to a fundraising section for her “legal defense fund.” Loomer herself also tweeted a request to “support [her] legal defense fund.” The link in the message leads to a campaign on WeSearchr, a crowdfunding site that’s like a Go Fund Me for hard-right causes. As of this writing, Loomer’s page has banked more than $12,000. Josh Jordan, who’s written for both Forbes and the conservative National Review, poined out that Loomer’s page previously noted she had a fundraising goal of $25,000, complete with screengrab. That target number has been erased, but the total intake keeps climbing. And presumably, while the Rebel Media “Free Laura” page doesn’t display tallies, there’ve been contributions via that site as well.


There are a few things that are curious here, that brought out the social media detectives. The first is that Rebel Media creator Ezra Levant made the Free Laura page at 6pm UTC or 2pm Eastern time, a full four hours before Loomer was actually arrested. It’s safe to assume that Levant doesn’t have the power to see into the future, but that he and the team at Rebel hoped she’d get arrested and planned to use the fabricated injustice to raise funds.

There’s also the matter of Loomer’s hefty request for donations. She faces charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass in the third degree. The latter is a class B misdemeanor, while the former is merely a violation, meaning it’s even less serious. I spoke to Matthew Galluzzo, a New York City criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He isn’t representing Loomer, so he can’t speak specifically to her case.

“Most people charged with trespass with no criminal record are unlikely to be convicted of a crime or serve jail time,” he noted, “or have to pay a fine in excess of $120.”

In fact, based on the charges she faces, there’s no outcome that could account for the funds being requested, unless Loomer has a rap sheet as a serial killer that’s been kept hush-hush. So why is Loomer raising so much money? It’s unclear, and no one aside from Loomer and Rebel Media know. However, it is worth noting that Levant recently lost a libel case on appeal, which keeps him on the hook for an $80,000 fine. It’s also true that a company that targeted Breitbart for a boycott has done the same with Rebel Media, which has resulted in the loss of at least one major company pulling ads from the site.

If it seemed incongruous that the “new right”—whose members have declared themselves the defenders of free speech and conservationists of Western culture—claimed to be so outraged by the recent staging of a Shakespeare play, this might explain why. And when the right talks about “paid protesters,” just assume they personally know whence they speak.

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

This article was made possible by the readers and supporters of AlterNet.

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  1. Mooster75 June 21, 2017

    Grifters gotta grift.

    1. kep June 21, 2017

      Always amazing how liberals project. After liberals are caught doing something unethical or illegal, they then point their finger at the right and say ” it wasn’t us doing that. It was the right.” Liberals are convinced that American laws and the American Constitution do not apply to them. I can see this logic, seeing most liberals are not Americans at all.

      1. I know a joke June 21, 2017

        Counterpoint: all the dumb lies you just said are deeply stupid, and you actually for real think Obama was born in Kenya.

        1. Dapper Dan June 21, 2017

          And I’m sure kep was born under a rock ????

          1. FireBaron June 22, 2017

            Nah, he just oozed out of the primordial slime.

          2. dpaano June 22, 2017

            As my mom would say…..”he was s***t on a rock and hatched by the sun.” Mom was so good with these sayings!!!

          3. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

            Moms are the greatest, yeah?
            My dear mother, a sweet, quiet, astonishingly resourceful lady, could let loose a rant that would take the paint off your house.
            Truly awesome.
            Lethally effective.

      2. ray June 21, 2017

        You Republicans are a bunch of traitors kissing Putin ass.

        1. kep June 22, 2017

          I’m not a Republican, stupid liberal Comrade.

          1. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

            How can we be sure, kep?
            You said you were a “veteran”, yet you are not.
            How do you identify your political affiliation, if not Republican?

          2. kep June 22, 2017

            LOL. Do you really think that I give a flying f**k about what you think or say? LIBERALS LIE. And you certainly do and are very well aware of it.
            Once you become sn American citizen, maybe you might want to enlist in one f the armed services? Then you might gain an insight as to what it is to serve something other than yourself.
            I know who I am. I know what I have done in my life, and I’m very happy and content with my life. Unlike you lying, seditious, hypocritical liberal liars that have a real need to make things up so that you might feel important in some small, insignificant way. You creatures are beyond stupid, and far beyond help, but you may want to see if you are covered under obamacare for your mental health issues.

          3. The lucky one June 22, 2017

            ” I’m very happy and content with my life.” If that was true you wouldn’t waste so much time posting nonsense.

          4. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

            Sticks and stones, kep. That, plus wild conjecture and another one of your absurdly failed attempts to “project”.
            You got nuthin.

          5. ray June 22, 2017

            I’m a vet too kep and you really need to go to the VA and see a mental health counselor. You some anger management man.

          6. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

            The VA doesn’t treat people who aren’t veterans, Ray.
            kep has to go to jail for that because he’ll be damned before he buys Obamacare.

      3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 21, 2017

        Kep, you’re either a Nazi, a racist sympathizer, or some combination plus part demented.

        Anyone like yourself whose entire life is devoted to supporting this sort of amoral behavior by the alt-right can never be considered a Christian in any real sense of the word. Since the Alt-Right has stated on occasion it’s antipathy for Religion, or lukewarm acceptance of Christianity at best, how do you figure the Crusade angle against Muslims fits into your anti-God perspective?? Why would the Alt-Right be concerned about Muslims in the Levant when they don’t give a damn about Religion?

        Has Right Wing extremist ideology ravaged and deranged your mind to such an extent that you no longer understand the purpose for your creation, just as the Alt-Right can’t establish what their purpose for being created is??

        1. dpaano June 22, 2017

          Doesn’t he need a mind to derange?

          1. kep June 22, 2017

            Is thay why you try to think you are not deranged, because you have none? Figures.

      4. Independent1 June 21, 2017

        And the mindless imbecile just keeps on blathering nonsense upon nonsense!! Not one thing you just posted is valid in any way, shape or form. It’s all nothing but blathering nonsense!!!

        1. I know a joke June 21, 2017

          See, I saved time by just saying it was dumb lies without bother to read it.

          1. kep June 22, 2017

            Isn’t No Nothing efficient?

          2. I know a joke June 22, 2017

            This is amazing.

        2. kep June 22, 2017

          Get out of the city. Expand your horizons.

      5. Thoughtopsy June 21, 2017

        …said “kep”.
        Deftly avoiding the whole point of the article:
        That the right is openly, publicly and literally paying protesters. Something they strongly denounced…
        … and making money off their own stupid Deplorables using a white supremacist crowdfunding site… LOL

        “kep”: “Waaa Liberals, waa waa waa waa waa waa Liberals waa waa waa waa waa waa waa illegal waa waa waa waa not Americans waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa (If I keep distracting and talking fast enough I won’t have to answer any questions about my side literally doing the thing we accused Liberals of…) waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa….”

        1. Dapper Dan June 21, 2017

          Yeesh kep is sure an annoying little ????

        2. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

          Like I overheard in the elevator, “…hooker in a highrise. Sux on so many levels…”
          Just as vulgar, too.

      6. FireBaron June 22, 2017

        Says our current champion of projection.

        1. dpaano June 22, 2017

          Does anyone on this site still listen to Kep? What a waste of time. He or she needs to get a life and go find another website where they can spout their ridiculous comments! They’ve obviously been brainwashed by all the false news that they get on a daily basis from FAUX News and Breitbart!

          1. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

            I’m not sure, but kep’s repetitious litany smacks of something much more personal, like injury, age, or disease.
            Or maybe it’s just pills and booze.

      7. The lucky one June 22, 2017

        What did “Liberals” do illegally here? You’re losing it man, seek help, seriously.

    2. FireBaron June 22, 2017

      Just like her idol, Teflon Donnie!

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 21, 2017

    This is fascinating to see the Alt-Right contort itself to such lengths as this pitiful woman felt obliged to demonstrate. Partisan politics in America(and Canada it would appear) has scrambled the minds of so many, and corrupted their spiritual being to a point where they no longer represent a human being, but are some clever facsimile thereof.

    From a standpoint of observing human behavior, and seeing how a human being’s inner life can be so distorted as to compel someone to protest and behave as Loomer and Cernovich have, is too hard to adequately describe in all its complexity.

    A gigantic “Super Bowl of Deranged Extremism” is shaping up, with contending extremist elements paying to see who can act in the most bestial manner, and protest the loudest.

    And this is how the Right Wing perceives life should be in America—just a vicious contest, with Right Wing extremists being the loudest mouths in the room, vitriolic in their everyday rantings and rhetoric over the airwaves, writing all sorts of nonsense mostly fueled by childish conspiracy thinking, and just holding the country back from moving forward.

    Of course, a lot of credit for this rotting of human souls has to go to the GOP because of its status and stature in American affairs. In the final analysis, and in the next World, this Party will feature prominently on the roll call of shame to be disclosed.

    1. jimmyt June 22, 2017

      the altright had nothing to do with this.

      as if we’d let a feral jew in the movement.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth June 22, 2017

        Rather than make terse unsupported “alternate” assertions as you’ve just done, here’s a novel concept you never ever contemplated.

        Instead of posting a simple-minded response that doesn’t prove anything pro or con, prima facie, why not post something intelligent and provide the proof that the alt-right didn’t promote this shameless display by this depraved woman and Cernovich. Just saying something isn’t so should be reserved for 6 year-olds.

        By that, I mean that you should pose a premise or assert something that includes context, and background information to support your premise. Also, be unbiased, and prove with logic,with your heart, and use that gift of rational thinking God gave you.

        So far, you’ve proven unwilling to use that gift, and instead, are motivated by a purely animal-like manner of responding, without showing any signs of being human.

        That is the major failing of the alt-right—They lack decency, lack a sense of morality based on religious principles, and therefore are just automatons with the ability to communicate clever drivel.

        When Baha’u’llah addressed humanity as a prisoner of the Ottomans for daring to reveal a new Message for humankind, He uttered these words describing the generality of humanity’s way of thinking and acting. It seems to me to be speaking especially to the likes of you and the Alt-Right:

        “O MOVING FORM OF DUST! I desire communion with thee, but thou wouldst put no trust in Me. The sword of thy rebellion hath felled the tree of thy hope. At all times I am near unto thee, but thou art ever far from Me. Imperishable glory I have chosen for thee, yet boundless shame thou hast chosen for thyself. While there is yet time, return, and lose not thy chance.”

        You should take time to reflect on this utterance, look at yourself in the mirror, and think about how you and I should respond to His challenge to us. Tell your alt-right friends about this as well. I look forward to hearing from you.

      2. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

        She was working to earn $1,000 as promised by Mike Cernovich, “a self-proclaimed member of the alt-right,” posted on youtube. “I’ll give 10 people $1,000 to get up with ‘CNN is ISIS’ or ‘Bill Clinton is a rapist’…” he wrote.
        Read the article, Jethro.
        Also, Mike Cernovich is married to a Jewish woman.
        How can you be so ignorant of the movement you’re trying so hard to defend?
        Oh, wait… Of course you’re that ignorant. It’s the alt-right.

  3. Thoughtopsy June 21, 2017

    That’s hilarious.
    I’ve said the Deplorables don’t have the intellectual capacity to understand hypocrisy… but actually planning open hypocrisy to make money off the stupid on their own side?
    That’s some next level sh*t…

    1. FireBaron June 22, 2017

      Here’s hoping a whole blooming list of charges get filed against her, as well as personal lawsuits from various attendees at the performance who felt threatened by her “demonstration”. That’ll break whatever piggy bank she expects to make off of this.

      1. dpaano June 22, 2017

        Agreed….if I had attended, I would be suing her for marring my attendance and interrupting a play that I had paid good money to attend. You get enough of those in the audience to do that….she’d surely need the $25,000 that she’s requesting on GoFundMe. I certainly will not be financing her idiotic performance!

  4. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

    What sort of weird dystopia are these people trying to achieve?

    1. FireBaron June 22, 2017

      One where the only people granted freedom of speech are those willing to parrot whatever they say.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker June 22, 2017

        From the mnute Conway coined that “alterative facts” garbage, she knew what she was doing. She was creating doubt in the minds of the least educated. She knew she was handing them the excuse they needed to behave in the most uncivilized, savage way and to speak as if they are the ONLY voices in the universe. Now, her own “alternative facts” are forcing her, a Trump lawyer, to “lawyer up.”

    2. Eleanore Whitaker June 22, 2017

      Their hope is one that will never happen. When the author, Pierre Boilles, wrote Planet of the Apes, the analogy of his plot was to show the depths of decay to which humans could go. When Orwell wrote “1984,” he too showed how mind control could develop without much in the way of input from humans.

      While we all know the Manchurian Candidate mind control is not likely to happen en masse, many laughed when Alex Gordon wrote Flash Gordon with space ships and outer space travel. Not so funny now.

      The idea of the right wing is savage, if necessary, mind control. That’s why they infiltrate social media, emails and steal pesonal information. The more they datamine information on all of us, the more control they hold.

      It’s no surprise they much prefer dumbed down Americans. That makes them more controllable. It’s no surprise either why they wanted the most arrogant, ruthless criminal in the White House. He dares to flout the U.S. Constitution and federal laws and they love every miunute of that.

  5. dpaano June 22, 2017

    Hopefully, Loomer used that $1000 to get out of jail!

  6. Chuckl8 June 22, 2017

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to research and publish this article. While it certainly won’t change any alt-right minds, it helps us.

  7. The lucky one June 22, 2017

    “the U.S. should give immigrants IQ tests” Okay, fine as long as they give them to citizens as well and revoke voting privileges when scores don’t reach 100. Oops there goes the GOP’s chance of ever electing another president or congressmen.

  8. bobnstuff June 22, 2017

    Once upon a time the Conservative movement had great thinkers as it’s leaders. People like Buckley and Goldwater. Even if you didn’t like there beliefs you could still respect them. Now we have cartoon characters leading the movement like Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Cruz. Once the conservative movement members were intellectuals and men of letters but that has been replaced with sheep that read on a fifth grade level and have no problem letting others do their thinking for them. The media voices were publications like the National Review and the Christian Science Monitor but they have been replaced by Breitbart and Infowars. There is no longer a place in the movement for deep thinkers or the educated. It’s a sad day for the conservative movement and a sadder one for the Country as a whole. True conservatives have an important place in the our world as a counter balance to the liberals. Between them they keep each other in check while still letting the country move forward. Can the so called conservative sink any lower?

    1. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

      Sure! They can go LOTS lower.
      Gohmert, Palin, Marsha Blackburn, Coulter, Gingrich, Chris Christie, Giuliani, an-n-n-nd Scott Baio!
      Athletic teams have deep benches. The GOP has a very dense one.

      1. InformedVoter June 22, 2017

        Sorry Drop, but it’s the Dems who have fallen so deep in the vats of BS with the FAKE MSM leading the way. One need look no further that the mediocre Hollywood “stars”.
        The above article didn’t cover the dozens of rallies the Soros paid protesters attended. In addition, saying there was a connection between these two protesters is lacking any proof. So if they had yelled “make America great” then they would be saying that President Trump was paying them!
        Since you brought up benches, it’s the Dems who are running out of players. The Dems have lost over 1000 seats since obozo took office. They have lost every election since November and yet you sheep just reelected Pelosi? How dumb does that make you and the Dem party look – pretty damn dumb!

        1. bobnstuff June 22, 2017

          Would you please show a reliable source for your claim that Soros paid anyone. I said reliable source not some guy working out of his basement. I know Trump offered to pay legal bills for people roughing up protesters. We also know that these good people are making good money off their stunt.

          1. InformedVoter June 27, 2017

            Yup, President Trump made the offer. Since no one was charged, then he paid no monies.
            And you comment about making good money is pure BS.


  9. Beethoven June 22, 2017

    This article was almost impossible to finish reading, because every few seconds the page kept jumping to an advertisement for LeafFilter Gutter Guards. I was constantly scrolling the page back to where I had gotten in reading, and sometimes I had to scroll and search three or four times for the same paragraph before I could finish reading it. What this amounts to, is that LeafFilter Gutter Guards is trying to prevent me from reading anything except their ad, which I find highly offensive. I will never consider buying anything from a company that uses such tactics.

    1. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

      National Memo’s site doesn’t tolerate ads very well. My browser (or server, or whatever) gets stuck when they run Burger King ads.
      And…dang! I used to like Burger King.

    2. Thoughtopsy June 23, 2017

      Get Chrome of FireFox as a browser, and download the extentions:
      – Disconnect
      – uBlock

      That will sort out most of it by simply installing them.

      For the remainder of the irritating adverts, click on the uBlock octagonal icon in the top right of your browser, and click the little eyedropper.
      Mouse over the edge of the offending advert and try to highlight the square “container” for it. The largest square area that the advert occupies.

      Click on that, and it will show you the code element it is going to block (you don’t need to know what it means).

      Click “Create” and it will add a filter for that area of the page, and reload the page.

      If the advert is gone, great!
      If the advert is still there, then try again using the same process. You will eventually kill it off.
      You can keep adding filters until anything that you don’t like is gone.

      You only have to do add these filters once, then you can enjoy a clean webpage from that point, on.
      (until they change the page code or add new sections to it).


      1. Beethoven June 24, 2017

        Thanks for the tip, but it won’t help me. I have Firefox, used it for a while a few years ago, but prefer Safari, and don’t want to change just to solve that problem.

        1. Thoughtopsy June 24, 2017

          No problem. 🙂

          You can find a similar product for Safari that may help you:


          1. Beethoven June 25, 2017

            Thanks again. After my previous reply to your suggestion, I decided to do a little searching, and came up with AdBlock, which I then installed. I hope it does what it claims to do.

  10. jimmyt June 22, 2017

    these clowns aren’t altright.
    whoever wrote this drivel should kill themselves

    1. PrecipitousDrop June 22, 2017

      Killing the messenger doesn’t change the news, Jethro.

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