So America elected Donald Trump as president and you thought it was finished with the likes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, leftist billionaire George Soros and radical socialists hellbent on destroying the U.S.?
Not so fast! The nation is now seeing an explosion of coordinated anti-Trump "resistance" in a fierce, multi-front war on President Trump and America. And a WND investigation has found many groups leading the "Trump resistance movement" have the fingerprints of Soros, Clinton and Obama all over them.
The left has mobilized in a new surge of activism since Trump's presidential campaign and election. "Resistance" groups – many with the help of Soros and Clinton – are flooding Democratic candidates with volunteers, financial aid and new energy. They're mobilizing in opposition to President Trump and organizing to help Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Activists are launching vicious "hate" campaigns and boycotts against conservatives, loudly disrupting GOP town-hall events and even stalking Republican congressmen by showing up at their homes.
Worse yet, radical socialists and anarchists are taking the opposition to a dangerous new level – disrupting speeches and rallies with bloody riots, brutal stabbings and extreme vandalism. They set fires to college campuses, businesses and vehicles while assaulting police officers with rocks, fireworks, bricks and Molotov cocktails. In a stomach-churning twist, the anarchists appear to favor weapons, such as bottles and balloons, filled with urine and feces.
TRENDING: Collateral damage
While the anarchists wreaking havoc in the streets claim to have no structure, organization or leaders, many have strong ties or hold membership in other liberal activist groups leading the "resistance."
Follow the money: No fingerprints, no trail
Much of the funding for the anti-Trump organizations and protest groups in the "Trump resistance movement" comes from third-party, leftist grant-making organizations. This arrangement allows donors to contribute large sums of money while remaining completely anonymous.
Huge amounts of cash.
No money trail.
The grant-making organizations accept the contributions and disburse the funds to selected activist groups that launch anti-Trump campaigns and protest on the ground.
Many of the activist groups are linked to a leftist clearinghouse called the Tides Foundation, a 501(c)(3), a third party that accepts contributions from donors and funnels the money to leftist organizations. Leftist billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundation has funded the Tides Foundation to the tune of at least $1.75 million.
And there's another Soros-linked war chest that feeds leftist activists itching to "resist" all things Trump – the Emergent Fund.
In 2016, three leftist donor networks – the Solidaire Network, the Threshold Foundation and the Women Donors Network – joined forces to launch the Emergent Fund. In April, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Fund had already raised more than a half-million dollars to fund groups that oppose Republicans, like the Black Lives Matter Network.
"These communities need increased capacity so that they can respond, act nimbly, and develop new strategies in this new period," the Emergent Fund website states. "The fund will focus on grassroots organizations in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. We will provide resources to defend against what's coming, and to develop innovative strategies to transform our country."
The Threshold Foundation, which has paid Tides at least $2.5 million since 2001, according to the Washington Free Beacon, is located at the same San Francisco address as the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.
Other grant-making and fundraising organizations include ActBlue, the Advocacy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Philanthropy Project, New Media Ventures, Propel Capital, the Bauman Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, Compton Foundation and the Arkay Foundation.
To shed some light on the leftist chaos, sabotage and disruption, WND has compiled the following list of the Top 10 leftist groups leading the "Trump resistance movement" and wreaking havoc across America.
Workers World Party
Members of the Workers World Party, a hard-core Marxist-Leninist group, have appeared at anti-monument and anti-Trump events across America. The party was founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy of the Socialist Workers Party. It has supported the Weather Underground Organization and had a strong presence in the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Workers World Party, or WWP, says it's "dedicated to organizing and fighting for a socialist revolution in the United States and around the world." WWP's 2016 presidential nominee, Monica Moorehead, has vowed to unite with the Black Lives Matter movement. She said the party didn't nominate anyone for president in 2008 and 2012 because, "Obama was the first black president and we understood the significance of that." In 2008, Moorehead said, "Black people here and other people of African descent worldwide [should] be overwhelmed with joy and pride that a black man named Obama is the president-elect of the U.S. 250 plus years after George Washington – a slave owner – became president."
The WWP was part of the so-called "counter-protester" group in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. As WND reported, there was an explosion of racially charged violence and anger at the protest. A white nationalist named James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was jailed on suspicion of crashing his Dodge Challenger into a crowd, injuring dozens and killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer.
The mix of political extremists in Charlottesville included WWP and other radicals aligned with Antifa, a black-clad, helmet-wearing group of self-described anarchists and revolutionary communists known for violence and threats. The crowd gathered in response to a city plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee as part of a nationwide push to tear down Confederate symbols.
At one of its fundraising websites, WWP boasted about its involvement in the Charlottesville protest, writing the following:
"Workers World Party members and friends gathered from all over the East Coast to smash white supremacy in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12. We did battle alongside a broad coalition of united militants – socialists, communists, anarchists, clergy, and everyday well meaning folks sick of racism – against the klan and their nazi running dogs. We gained a hero in Heather Heyer (¡presente!) but won a victory as we strengthened our resolve, united in the face of the enemy, and ran the Klan rank and file out of town."
Later, on Aug. 15, three WWP members were arrested and charged with felonies after they toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina. Their names are Takiyah Thompson, Dante Strobino and Ngoc Loan Tran. The WWP organized the protest that brought the statue down. The group receives funding through online donations at several websites such as Patreon, a web-based subscription platform.
"The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue," said Thompson, the WWP member who tied a rope around the neck of the monument before it was pulled down. "We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted."
WWP Durham branch member Alissa Ellis, who took part in the Charlottesville protest, told Raleigh's WTVD-TV 11: "Charlottesville and racist monuments across the country are the result of centuries of white supremacy. But we cannot ignore the fact that the current Trump administration has emboldened more Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists to target, brutalize, and kill our communities. The White House and its elected white supremacists are just as responsible as hooded Klansmen and racist vigilantes for what happened. They have blood on their hands."
And on Aug. 21, WWP's Phil Gregory spoke at a Philadelphia rally, advocating the destruction of a statue of Frank Rizzo, a former Philadelphia police commissioner and mayor in the 1960s and '70s. Rizzo, who had a reputation as a tough cop, is accused by his critics of waging a campaign to keep black Americans out of middle-class neighborhoods. During his tenure as commissioner, Philly had the lowest crime rate of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. Just before he ran for mayor in 1972, Philadelphia police raided the Black Panthers headquarters, angering many black citizens in Philadelphia. Rizzo died in July 1991.
WWP activists were also present at the Aug. 19 "Fight Supremacy" protest in Boston, Massachusetts. The protests turned violent, and police arrested 27 people for disorderly conduct, assault and battery on police officers and other charges. Police Commissioner William Evans said officers were hit with bottles of urine and rocks. WWP activist Diva T. Williams, who was at the Boston event, wrote: "Black-led, proactive fundraising ahead of the action enabled a swift, organized response to bail out every one of the 37 [sic] people who were unjustly brutalized and arrested by police in full riot gear after the final rally dispersed."
The WWP showed support for Antifa and By All Means Necessary, or BAMN (see Antifa and BAMN entries below) after a June 2016 white nationalist rally in Sacramento – which was permitted and was organized by the Traditionalist Workers Party and Golden State Skinhheads – turned violent and seven people were stabbed and nine hospitalized. The Los Angeles Times reported that the white nationalists appeared to be "vastly outnumbered by protesters from anti-fascist groups." The Times also later reported that police said the neo-Nazis, the group permitted to hold the event, didn't start the violence. In fact, the "anti-fascist" groups initiated the violent clash.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. – one of Trump's most outspoken haters, as she has called the president "the most deplorable person I've ever met in my life" – has indirectly and directly participated in WWP activities, according to Heat Street. In 2004, she was listed as the top guest at a rally put on by the International Action Center, a WWP offshoot that condemns all U.S. military use of force. In 2005, Waters had her aide, April Lawrence, attend and speak on social justice at the WWP "Peace Conference." And in 2009, Waters spoke at a Michigan Coalition for Human Rights event. WWP organizer Abayomi Azikiwe was on the coalition's board.
Color of Change
One group that has attacked President Trump and advocated for removing Confederate symbols across America is Color of Change, a nonprofit that was co-founded by President Obama's former green-jobs czar, Van Jones, and Huffington Post contributor and former director of MoveOn.org James Rucker. The organization is backed by former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has praised Color of Change in her tweets.
Color of Change is funded by grants from the Threshold Foundation (see "Follow the money" section of this report). It accepts contributions through the leftist political action committee ActBlue.
The group has launched a new petition titled, "Take Em ALL Down: Remove Every Confederate Symbol in America." It has also called on members of Congress to remove all Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall.
Color of Change, which has partnerships with MoveOn.org and the Services Employees International Union, or SEIU, says it seeks to "strengthen black America's political voice." Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson, along with Black Lives Matter co-founder Aislinn Pulley and other so-called "civil rights leaders," met with President Obama in the White House in February 2016. Obama then praised the black activists as "serious young people" who "are much better organizers than I was at their age."
Color of Change and its parent organization, Citizen Engagement Laboratory, has received $550,000 from Soros' Open Society Foundation since 2009, according to Activist Facts. Its largest funders, according to Bloomberg, include the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Soros' Open Society and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz's open Philanthropy Project.
We cannot allow these white supremacist terrorists to intimidate us from confronting and working to dismantle systemic white supremacy. Confederate statues are more than a mere symbol of a heritage but instead, they are an assertion of the continued imposition of white supremacy and its current political power. Terrorists in Charlottesville understood this and were willing to kill in the name of this, we must be determined to persist in the face of this white supremacist terror.
We must work to end the influence of today's White supremacists, removing all Confederate statues would be one step among many in sending the message that we are no longer honoring white supremacy at a societal level. We've already seen progress in Tampa and New Orleans, where Confederate symbols are being removed by Black-led organizing in the face of sustained white supremacist opposition. Join with me today and pledge to work to remove all Confederate statues in America.
Color of Change has also launched "Blood Money," an online tracker that charts payment processing companies such as Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, demanding the companies stop supporting organizations in a list of more than 100 so-called "hate groups" identified by the extreme left organization the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC.
In the weeks since the Charlottesville violence, SPLC has hit the leftist jackpot, according to Fox News, receiving $1 million from Apple, a half-million from JP Morgan Chase & Co., and another $1 million from actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal. SPLC targets many mainstream conservatives, such as Dr. Ben Carson, and organizations such as the Family Research Council and lumps them together with white nationalists, KKK members and neo-Nazis.
As WND has reported, SPLC’s "hate" map designation has been linked to a mass shooting attempt in Washington, and many groups on the list are fighting back. Suddenly, it’s the SPLC that’s being called a “hate” organization, retractions are being demanded from newspapers that cite its propaganda and lawsuits are being filed.
SPLC is considered the wealthiest "civil rights group" in America. Groups that have contributed large sums of money to the SPLC include: George Soros' Open Society Institute, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Minneapolis Foundation, Ploughshares Fund, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Vanguard Public Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and many more. SPLC, which has assets exceeding $300 million, owns several foreign corporations and keeps an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands.
Color of Change also targeted Tiki torches, Airbnb and GoDaddy after the Charlottesville violence. The group coordinated a social-media campaign demanding that executives at PepsiCo Inc., Campbell Soup Co., General Motors Co. and other companies quit President Trump's business advisory councils. After the resignations, Trump dissolved the councils.
Some of Color of Change's campaigns include:
- A campaign to get President Trump senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller and Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka fired.
- A campaign to drop charges against World Workers Party member Takiyah Thompson, who tied a rope around the neck of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, and helpeed pull it down.
- A campaign to "kick Trump off Twitter"
- A campaign urging secretaries of state and chief election officials to refuse to cooperate with Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity.
- A campaign urging Congress to "investigate Trump's ties to Russia."
- A campaign to pressure "undecided House Republicans" to reject "Trumpcare" health reform.
- A campaign to demand U.S. mayors "decline to partner with white supremacist Attorney General Jeff Sessions to execute Trump's racist and phony 'law and order' agenda."
- A campaign to "stop Steve Bannon's national security takeover."
- A campaign telling Democratic Party representatives, senators and other elected officials to boycott Trump's inauguration
Launched by Hillary Clinton in May after her failed bid for the White House, Onward Together is a political action organization that seeks to be "part of the resistance" against President Trump by funding many of the leftist activists organizing against the administration.
"From the Women's March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before," Clinton wrote in an email to supporters in May. "I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy."
"In some cases, we'll provide direct funding to these organizations. For others, we'll help amplify their work and do what we can to help them continue to grow their audiences and expand their reach."
When she launched Onward Together, Clinton said it would be "dedicated to advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election." The 66 million number references her popular vote victory over President Trump.
Clinton has tweeted that Onward Together would support leftist organizations such as Color of Change; Emerge America, a group that trains Democratic women to run for political office; Run for Something, a group that backs millennials running for office; Swing Left and Indivisible, groups aiming to help Democrats win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.
Aside from Clinton's campaign stash, where else does Onward Together get its money?
Your guess is as good as anyone's. Onward Together is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, and contributors give unlimited amounts of money while staying anonymous.
Indivisible is a national anti-Trump movement that often targets members of Congress and calls for resistance against the Trump administration. It's a collection of leftist activist groups with an average of two chapters in every congressional district, or 5,900 chapters that have popped up across America since Trump's election. One of its campaigns targeted Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. Another asks, "Are your members of Congress doing enough to fight white supremacy?" The group states, "President Trump is a white supremacist. How about your members of Congress?"
Indivisible is supported by Hillary Clinton and her organization, Onward Together. It has teamed up with Town Hall Project, a group that wreaks havoc at GOP town-hall forums across America. Town Hall Project was launched by former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Jimmy Dahman and has close ties to MoveOn.org.
And Indivisible may get much of its funding through "dark money" transactions handled through a third-party leftist organization, the Tides Foundation.
Fox News reported: "On its website, Indivisible advises potential donors that they can make a 'large gift' tax deductible if they go through an intermediary group called the Tides Foundation. The foundation funnels more than $100 million a year to left-wing advocacy groups; liberal billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations is one of many groups that gives money to projects through the Tides Foundation, though there is no evidence his group supports Indivisible in particular."
Indivisible is "a project of The Advocacy Fund," according to its website. The Advocacy Fund hides its donors as well, but the latest public audit (as of Dec. 31, 2014) reveals "100%" of The Advocacy Fund's "receivables were from two donors."
Indivisible press manager Helen Kalla told Fox some of the organization's donors are public, including:
- New Media Ventures: Describes itself as "the first seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change." New Media Ventures has funded more than 50 other leftist organizations, including the Daily Kos (which partners with Soros-funded groups on a number of causes); Mijente (whose field director is Jacinta Gonzalez, a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow who was arrested at an anti-Trump rally in March 2016); MPower Change (a Muslim organizing platform with connections to the Soros-funded Citizen Engagement Laboratory and Color of Change); Pantsuit Nation (a 3.9 million member group of Hillary Clinton supporters); Sister District Project (a website that backs Democrats in red districts and has recruited at anti-Trump protests); SumOfUs (a nonprofit in D.C. sponsored by the Soros-backed New Organizing Institute Education Fund and the Tides Foundation, which is described at the beginning of this report); SwingLeft (a leftist group that employs former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and aims to unseat vulnerable Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare); Town Hall Project (founded by Hillary Clinton field organizer Jimmy Dahman); and Ultraviolet (an anti-Trump group of feminists).
- Propel Capital: Describes itself as "a social impact fund that invests in entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers to create a more just and equitable society." It aims to alleviate global poverty.
- Bauman Foundation: An organization launched by Lionel Bauman in the 1980s to spearhead "systemic progressive social change." It says it's "dedicated to achieving the values of a true democratic society – the common good and general welfare, as articulated in the Constitution." David Brock, founder of the leftist Media Matters and one of Hillary Clinton's fiercest defenders, sits on The Bauman Foundation's board of advisers. Since 2008, the Bauman Foundation has given $1.06 million in grants to Media Matters. The Bauman Foundation has also given grants to leftist groups such as the Brennan Center for Justice, the Brookings Institution, the Center for American Progress, the NAACP, the Tides Foundation and many others.
- Public Welfare Foundation: A foundation that focuses primarily on grants related to criminal justice, juvenile justice and workers' rights. It finances leftist organizations that support feminism, gay rights, abortion, illegal-alien rights, welfare, gun control and other progressive causes. Its grantees include but are not limited to the following leftist organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, the (former) Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the Brennan Center for Justice, the Soros-funded Human Rights Watch, Planned Parenthood, the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center.
- Compton Foundation: A San Francisco organization that provides "financial resources to galvanize the movement for progressive and democratic social change." Its executive director is Ellen Friedman, former executive vice president of the leftist Tides Foundation. Its grantees include but are not limited to the following leftist organizations: American Civil Liberties Union, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Greenpeace Fund, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club Foundation, the Tides Center and others.
- Arkay Foundation: A Berkeley, California, organization that says it "envisions a society characterized by strong participatory democracy, economic and social justice, and environmental protection." It is led by Democrat-backer Marian Penn, who gave $35,000 to David Brock's Republican targeting organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in 2013.
Indivisible's parent company, The Action Network, which was involved in the Ferguson protests, is located at the same Washington, D.C., address as the George Soros-funded United We Dream, which has organized anti-Trump protests on college campuses, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
"Members of the [Indivisible] movement have caused representatives to flee town halls and, at times, cancel public events altogether," the Los Angeles Times reported. "They're corralled constituents, visited district offices and made phone calls en masse demanding answers."
Indivisible activists have gone so far as to show up at the homes of Republican congressmen. In one case, so many protesters mobbed the home of Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., that neighbors had to call police. They've also shown up at the homes of Rep. John Fason, R-N.Y., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News reported: "The targets say the whole operation is part of a one-two punch orchestrated from the top, in which left-wing groups throw their first punch by rounding up activists and training them to be as disruptive as possible during representatives' town halls. Then, when lawmakers stop holding those events, the groups throw their second punch by protesting at their homes."
Rep. Lewis said, "This is a well-oiled, very much activist plan to disrupt the democratic process."
Indivisible began with a Google document created after Trump won the 2016 election. It was titled, "Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda" and was published with the goal to "stop a petty tyrant named Trump."
After it was posted, actor George Takei, of "Star Trek" fame, tweeted it to 2.2 million followers. So did former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who worked for former President Bill Clinton.
Ezra Levin, who thought up the guide, is now president of the nonprofit Indivisible Guide. Ezra's wife, and the co-founder of Indivisible Guide, is Leah Greenberg. They're both former congressional staffers.
After Indivisible members swarmed his office and knocked unconscious his district director, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., called them "enemies of American self-government and democracy." In the midst of the mayhem, a 2-year-old girl was reportedly hit by a swinging door.
"Though the protesters think of themselves as idealists, they engage in political thuggery, pure and simple," he wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. "These people do not want, as they've claimed, to hold a town hall meeting with me. These are unruly activists on whom the lessons of civility and democratic participation have been lost. They have repeatedly disrupted the normal operations of my district office, preventing my staff from serving constituents with real needs, such as veterans' and social security issues. They are part of a nationwide, anti-Trump mobilization, whose organizers call themselves, with supreme hypocrisy, by the name 'Indivisible.'
"In fact, they are bent on dividing the nation, defying the will of the voters and undermining the legitimacy of the election. These holier-than-thou obstructionists will be held responsible for this outrageous assault. They are exposing themselves for what they are – enemies of American self-government and democracy."
In June, Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., sent out a fundraising letter warning of Indivisible's tactics. It stated:
"Groups called 'Resistance,' 'Stronger Together,' 'Indivisible,' 'We Are the People,' and 'We Feel the Bern' are far left front groups determined to inflict the kind of violence that we have seen before," Rep. Schweikert wrote. "These groups believe that even Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are too moderate. They drive a radical social agenda and will stop at no turn to 'clash with police,' 'incite violence,' 'light cars on fire,' 'incite mass arrests,' and 'use men, women, and children, and families to mass confusion."
MoveOn.org, a far left group funded by billionaire George Soros that claims it has 8 million members across America, was launched in 1998 with a campaign of opposition to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and emerged as a fundraising vehicle for Democratic Party candidates. Today, it is focused on pushing the impeachment of Trump. That's how far MoveOn.org has moved on in 19 years.
Before Inauguration Day, MoveOn.org held "community meeting(s) to resist Trump" across the U.S., along with the Working Family's Party and People's Action.
In August, Melissa Byrne, a leftist activist who has worked for MoveOn.org, Bernie Sanders' campaign, Obama for America, SEIU, Ultraviolet and other progressive organizations, said she was detained by the Secret Service after she entered a secure area on the second floor of Trump Tower on Aug. 15. She smuggled a 10-foot banner under her dress and unfurled it. It read: "Women Resist White Supremacy." Byrne claimed she was handcuffed and questioned by Secret Service and NYPD officers for an hour. She also claims Secret Service agents questioned her neighbors. However, Byrne didn't reveal why Secret Service agents and NYPD officers might have considered her a threat.
MoveOn.org organized a protest at the White House on July 11, where it accused President Trump and his campaign of colluding with Russia. The organization has collected more than 530,000 signatures on a petition calling for the U.S. House to investigate Trump's "financial conflicts of interest and ties to the Russian government."
Also in August, MoveOn.org promoted "Resistance Recess," a campaign featuring "over 200 actions planned in 43 states ... [in] opposition to Trump's toxic agenda."
As WND reported Aug. 21, MoveOn.org held an "emergency mass organizing call" to censure President Trump and provide special training concerning white nationalism. How do MoveOn.org and other social-justice warriors on the call plan to fight white nationalism?
"Our work here is to the difficult work of standing against white supremacy – in every single one of its forms," Mehrdad Azemun, campaign director of People’s Action, said on the MoveOn call. "By opposing hate groups, by taking down racist monuments, by opposing hate speech and by routing out and reversing laws that are based on ideas of white supremacy, which we know can show up in so many different forms."
He congratulated the "progressive" movement for expanding and successfully obstructing the Trump presidency.
"Of course we are concerned about Trump, of course we are concerned about his endorsement of white supremacists," he said, despite the fact that Trump has never endorsed any white supremacists, but, rather, has repeatedly condemned them. "But remember, he is a failed leader, less relevant than ever and abandoned by so many people this week – CEOs, fellow Republicans – he's played a massive game of subtraction. On our end, we keep adding, the folks who stand on the side of love, we keep winning, and we keep growing."
MoveOn is working to build 2018 election momentum, mobilizing activists across America through local organizing, town-hall meetings and door-to-door visits.
"Trump is a direct attack on some core American values of fairness, equality, of treating each other with kindness," Victoria Kaplan, organizing director at MoveOn.org, told CNN. "It has really unified people."
In March 2016, the Washington Times reported that MoveOn.org had been "conducting fundraising activities from the Chicago protests against Donald Trump." In a fundraising email, MoveOn.org vowed to continue its anti-Trump campaigns: "We'll support MoveOn.org members to call out and nonviolently protest Trump's racist, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic, and violent behavior – and show the world that America rejects trump's hate. And to keep it going, we're counting on you to donate whatever you can to cover the costs of everything involved – the organizers, signs, online recruitment ads, training, and more."
Also in March 2016, Roger Stone, a friend of President Trump, claimed MoveOn.org helped organize a protest against Trump at Trump Tower, "Infiltrating the crowd, I learned most were from MoveOn or the Occupy movement," Stone wrote in the Daily Caller. "Soap was definitely in short supply in this crowd. Several admitted answering a Craig's List ad paying $16.00 an hour for protesters."
Antifa is a black-clad, bandanna and helmet-wearing group of self-described anarchists and revolutionary communists known for violence and threats. The name Antifa is short for "anti-fascists." They've become a regular presence at anti-Trump rallies across the U.S. that often turn violent.
Antifa is basically a network of many leftist groups that organize online and take a militant approach at rallies and protests. Antifa claims it has no official leaders, spokespeople or even members. Typically, a leftist Antifa activist will be a member of several groups on this list, organizing and networking alongside the other groups.
And that's why it's difficult, if not virtually impossible, to track Antifa's own funding, organizing structure and its members.
On Inauguration Day, Antifa rioted in Washington, D.C., smashing a limousine window with a hammer, shattering storefronts, vandalizing bus stops and throwing rocks at police. Six officers sustained injuries.
After President Trump's inauguration, Antifa smashed store windows and set fires in Portland.
In February, Antifa activists rioted and set the University of California at Berkeley campus on fire, causing $100,000 in damages. They threw rocks through windows and forced the cancellation of a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos.
CNN reported: "Black-clad protesters wearing masks threw commercial-grade fireworks and rocks at police. Some even hurled Molotov cocktails that ignited fires. They also smashed windows of the student union center on the Berkeley campus where the Yiannopoulos event was to be held. At least six people were injured. … The violent protesters tore down metal barriers, set fires near the campus bookstore and damaged the construction site of a new dorm. One woman wearing a red Trump hat was pepper sprayed in the face while being interviewed by CNN affiliate KGO."
In March, at a Trump rally in Olympia, Washington, Antifa activists shouted down a Gold Star mother whose child was killed in the line of duty.
Also in March, Antifa rioters crashed a pro-Trump march in Berkeley, California. Cops confiscated bricks and baseball bats. The Los Angeles Times reported: "Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said 10 arrests were made: one for resisting arrest, four for assault with a deadly weapon, including a dagger, and five for battery. About seven medical evaluations were made on the scene. None of the injured wanted to be taken to the hospital."
In April, Ann Coulter's scheduled speech at UC Berkeley was canceled due to threats of violence.
On April 15, black-clad Antifa activists crashed a pro-Trump rally in Berkeley. CBS News reported that cops said 13 people were arrested. Authorities confiscated knives and other items being used as weapons, including flagpoles, helmets and sticks.
In May, Antifa made an appearance at a May Day rally in Portland, assaulting cops, lighting fires and spray-painting a police car. They threw rocks, bottles, ball bearings, fireworks, smoke bombs and road flares at police and firefighters, NPR reported.
In June, a group of Antifa activists wore masks and protested in Portland at a rally for President Trump. Rose City Antifa said, before the rally, that it would be "unapologetic" for its use of "physical militancy." Police were forced to deploy stingballs and grenades with rubber pellets to keep the Antifa activists away so Trump supporters could finish their speeches.
Antifa threw bricks, rocks, marbles, tampons, urine and feces, PBS reported. They left graffiti messages stating, "STAB A NAZI, TWICE :)."
Antifa activists in Portland laughed at an older woman who stumbled and fell to the ground:
On Aug. 12, as WND reported, a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally by neo-Nazis, Klan members and other white supremacists turned deadly when a white nationalist rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring at least 19 more at Emancipation Park. The mix of political extremists included radicals aligned with Antifa. The crowd gathered in response to a city plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee as part of a nationwide push to tear down Confederate symbols.
New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg said she observed "club-wielding 'antifa' beating white nationalists being led out of the park" in Charlottesville. People in the crowds threw water bottles filled with cement and urine. Others sprayed pepper spray and threw smoke bombs. Rioters began clubbing one another.
On Aug. 27, approximately 4,000 Antifa agitators and other leftists shut down a "No to Marxism" rally and prayer vigil being held by about 400 conservative Christians in Berkeley, California. Police released mugshots of 11 of the 13 persons arrested at the violent political riots in the university town. Charges include assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault and various municipal code violations. One officer was injured while making an arrest, and several others were struck with paint and bottles.
The San Francisco Chronicle, which had reporters on the scene, referred to the Antifa crowd as anarchists:
"The masked counterprotesters, often referred to as antifa or antifascists, significantly outnumbered the people who had come for the rally, many of whom wore red clothing indicating support for President Trump. The anarchists chased away the right-wingers, and in one case four or five pummeled a man with fists and sticks before a radio host for Reveal, Al Letson, jumped in to shield the victim. Anarchists also attacked reporters who documented their actions."
Antifa's war cry, caught on video during the rally, was no less than the total destruction of American society.
"No Trump, no wall, no USA at all!" they chanted.
Watch video of antifa members chanting their wish for an end to America's existence as a nation:
Clare Lopez, vice president of research and analysis for the Center for Security Policy, said the mugshots reveal that the people behind the Antifa masks were mostly professional agitators, not local college students.
"With an average age of 30, those arrested during the violent Berkeley riots of Sunday 27 August do not fit the profile of the average college undergrad," Lopez told WND.
"In fact, they more closely fit the profile of professional off-campus thugs," she said. "And once we understand that antifa is a motley collection of Marxist-Leninist anarchists, the direct descendants of the 1920s and 1930s communist street fighters in Europe, the better we will be prepared to realize why these hoodlums so violently targeted a 'No To Marxism' rally. Antifa was there to defend communism and plunge America into chaos."
James Simpson, author of "The Red-Green Axis," said Antifa consists of a loosely affiliated network of communists, Marxists and anarchists who are anything but shy about their goals. He believes they should be declared a domestic terrorist organization.
"Communism is the polar opposite of free market capitalism. It cannot compete honestly. It thrives on envy and destroys everything it touches. Communists are the evolutionary endpoint to human depravity," Simpson writes in an essay for Bombthrowers.com.
"Even the communists themselves do not believe the 'racist, sexist, xenophobe' narrative they constantly spew," he added. "The true goal is to destroy our credibility through intimidation and shaming. The reality of this strategy is demonstrated by its history of use."
By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN
By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, has been in the middle of quite a bit of the worst violence in recent months.
In February, BAMN helped organize the fiery riots that resulted in the cancellation of a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California at Berkeley. In a statement to NBC News, UC Berkeley said: "The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest."
The speech was canceled "amid violence, destruction of property and out of concern for public safety," according to the university, and 1,500 people reportedly surrounded the venue. Rioters threw firebombs and commercial-grade fireworks at police. They slammed a metal barricade against a door of the building.
Just two months later, in April, BAMN was at it again – this time forcing the cancellation of a UC Berkeley speech by conservative speaker and author Ann Coulter.
In August, BAMN helped organize the counter-protest to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In June 2016, BAMN also organized a so-called "counter-protest" to a Sacramento rally by the white nationalist group Traditionalist Workers Party, which had a permit for the gathering. The event turned violent and seven people were stabbed and nine hospitalized. The Los Angeles Times reported that the white nationalists appeared to be "vastly outnumbered by protesters from anti-fascist groups." The Times also later reported that police said the neo-Nazis, the group permitted to hold the event, didn't start the violence.
BAMN spokeswoman and middle-school teacher Yvette Felarca boasted that the Antifa-linked group had "successfully chased away the neo-Nazis and kept them from recruiting new members."
In July of this year, Felarca was arrested and charged with inciting a riot. She had been caught on video chasing and physically assaulting a member of the Traditional Worker's Party.
"Felarca was filmed calling a man a Nazi, and punching him in the stomach repeatedly while shouting for him to 'get the f--k off our streets,'" Berkeleyside reported.
In February, Felarca made a guest appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight":
BAMN lists the following objectives on its website:
- "Defend Sanctuary Cities! Make California a Sanctuary State! No Muslim Ban! No Wall!"
- "Stop Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Muslim Scapegoating! Full Citizenship Rights Now for All Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers!"
- "Take Action to Stop ICE Raids and Deportations, and Racist Attacks on Immigrants!"
- "Latina/o, Black, Native American, Arab, Asian, and White, Immigrants With and Without Papers – We are ALL Californians!"
- "Abolish the Electoral College"
- "Universal healthcare for all in California and the nation!"
"The Resistance movement against Trump can force Trump to resign or be removed, as long as we organize and continue to fight in the streets, our schools, and workplaces," BAMN states. "As long as Donald Trump is President, the alt-right and fascists will be emboldened and continue to organize and grow. Taking matters into our own hands, mobilizing our own community defense, we have the power to stop the fascist attacks now. The fascists are trying to grow, but they can be defeated. Join BAMN to organize, fight, and win."
In July, a handful of feminists dressed in purple from the group UltraViolet crashed the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club. They wore shirts that read: "USGA: Dump Sexist Trump."
They began their protest with a rally at Bedminster library and drove up to 40 cars, at 2 miles per hour, to the entrance of Trump's club, the Washington Post reported.
UltraViolet is part of a network of organizations that called for CEOs to resign from Trump's business council. The group received $65,000 from MoveOn.org Political Action in 2016. MoveOn.org is a far left group funded by billionaire George Soros.
On Aug. 22, members of UltraViolet stood outside the Gene Snyder Federal Building in Louisville, Kentucky, with a large banner that read: "Trump is racist, Mitch McConnell is his enabler."
They blasted Trump's comments after the violence in Charlottesville.
"Our mission today is to have Mitch McConnell call on President Trump to impeach, resign or be censured," said campaign organizer Melissa Byrne, according to the Courier-Journal. "It's easy to put out a press statement. It's much harder to take action. As the Senate majority leader, he has real powers to do something. And right now he is just talking, talk is cheap."
UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary told the Courier-Journal: "The president of the United States is a white supremacist sympathizer, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has only enabled this terrifying reality. We demand that McConnell say more than just that Nazis are bad – he must take real action to hold President Trump accountable for sympathizing with neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville."
In August, Byrne, an UltraViolet activist who has worked for MoveOn.org, Bernie Sanders' campaign, Obama for America, SEIU and other progressive organizations, said she was detained by the Secret Service after she entered a secure area on the second floor of Trump Tower on Aug. 15. She smuggled a 10-foot banner under her dress and unfurled it. It read: "Women Resist White Supremacy."
Byrne claimed she was handcuffed and questioned by Secret Service and NYPD officers for an hour. She also claims Secret Service agents questioned her neighbors. However, Byrne didn't reveal why Secret Service agents and NYPD officers might have considered her a threat.
UltraViolet has trolled President Trump with a "More Popular Than Trump" campaign, in light of his low approval ratings. The organization has sponsored a truck-mounted digital billboard that read: "Abortion Access is more popular than Trump: 70 percent believe women should have access to safe and legal abortions – 42 percent approve of Donald Trump."
UltraViolet has also received funding from the leftist New Media Ventures, which describes itself as "the first seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change."
Industrial Workers of the World
Members of other leftist groups have been appearing at anti-Trump protests, including the Triangle People's Assembly, Industrial Workers of the World and Democratic Socialists of America.
Members of the Industrial Workers of the World – a Chicago-based organization of socialists, anarchists and Marxists – clashed with police on May 20 while protesting a permitted remembrance of "Confederate Memorial Day" in Graham, North Carolina. Three IWW protesters who were armed with knives were arrested. A protester grabbed a flag, presumably a Confederate banner, according to reports, and tried to rip it up.
One police officer told the Times News that a protester "was struggling to get a water bottle open" after grabbing the flag, leading authorities to believe the person was trying to set the flag on fire.
The IWW protesters shouted: "(Expletive) white supremacy! (Expletive) the police!" and "The cops and the Klan go hand in hand."
Two IWW members were charged with assaulting the sheriff and police officers.
All three groups – plus Antifa and the Workers World Party – were represented at the Durham, North Carolina, protest where vandals tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier on Aug. 14 and then blocked traffic. The protesters chanted: "No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!"
And IWW turned out in force at a Seattle pro-Trump rally. And at a Laguna Beach protest Aug. 20.
The IWW has come out strongly against what it calls "Trump's Muslim Ban."
Organizing for Action
Yes, you guessed it. President Obama has his own links to the Trump resistance movement.
Organizing for Action, the community organizing group that formed from Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and Organizing for America, has offered "online trainings" on how to resist President Trump. Organizing for Action, a nonprofit that has more than 250 chapters across the U.S., partnered with the Indivisible Project (see "Indivisible" entry above) to offer the anti-Trump training, as Breitbart reported in February.
In a February Facebook post, OFA urged activists to reference the Indivisible guide for tips on crashing lawmakers' townhalls across America.
Investigative journalist Paul Sperry wrote about these tactics in the New York Post:
The manual, published with OFA partner "Indivisible," advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and "grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together." Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host's positions. "This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus." It also urges them to ask "hostile" questions — while keeping "a firm hold on the mic" — and loudly boo the the GOP politician if he isn't "giving you real answers."
"Express your concern [to the event's hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption," it says.
... "Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition," the document states, "because these actions create the impression that they're not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents."
Sperry said at the time that OFA "plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump and Republicans over ObamaCare's repeal."
NBC News reported: "Had Hillary Clinton won the presidency, OFA was likely headed for a wind-down. But with Trump in the White House, the relaunched OFA will claim a spot in the increasingly crowded marketplace of groups looking to fight the new president’s agenda.
"OFA has hired 14 field organizers in states home to key senators as part of its campaign to defend Obama’s signature healthcare law."
The group still has strong ties to staffers who have worked under Obama and even Hillary Clinton.
- Jesse Lehrich, former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman, is OFA's communication director
- Jim Messina, former 2012 Obama campaign manager, is OFA's co-chairman
- Jon Carson, former Obama White House aide, is also OFA's co-chairman
- Katie Hogan, former Obama campaign deputy press secretary, is OFA's executive director
- Jack Shapiro, former Obama for America general election director, is OFA's director of policy and campaigns
- Aaron Buchner, former organizer for Obama for America, is OFA's chief of staff
Still, NBC reported: "Obama himself has no legal affiliation with the non-profit organization that for years housed the valuable email list, which it only turned over to the DNC in 2015.
"But Obama brand is still strong among Democratic donors and rank-and-file voters alike, and OFA is a natural home for any political activity Obama may wish to take. That affiliation – it’s one of only two groups listed on his post-presidential website – guarantees OFA toehold in the progressive movement, no matter what criticism it may face."
OFA says it is grassroots funded and discloses the names of donors who contribute more than $250.
OFA is now reportedly warring against the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts. And it will spearhead a massive voter-registration drive in advance of the 2018 election.
Politico reported that OFA has become "the lead organizing hub of the Trump resistance."
"OFA has organized thousands of people to attend events protesting the president’s policies, while also advising new progressive groups taking shape. Matt Traldi, chief operating officer at Indivisible, met with OFA in January for a primer on what the group does and how. Others, like Swing Left, have come for crash courses. And since April, some 1,000 people in 29 states have participated in the group’s six-week fellowship program."
As for Obama's connection to the group, Politico wrote: "OFA staff and Obama's personal office staff have stayed in touch. But the flow of information has mostly been OFA keeping Obama’s staff up to speed on what it’s doing, and Obama’s staff warning against using quotes or images of the former president in ways that could violate nonprofit tax restrictions."