Trump's Absurd New Conspiracy Theory: Sexual Assault Survivors Protesting Kavanaugh Are 'Paid Professionals' Working for Soros
In the run-up to the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, protestors have swarmed the Senate offices, resulting in hundreds of arrests. In one incident yesterday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was cornered by sexual assault survivors, who pursued him as he stepped into an elevator, shooing them with his hands and telling them to "grow up!"
As if the treatment of the protestors could be any less dignified, President Donald Trump attacked them on Friday with a bizarre conspiracy theory:
The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it!… https://t.co/2In7zzWHoS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1538744586.0
Trump is claiming, with zero evidence, that because the protests had some professional organization, like mass-produced signs, the protestors are "paid professionals" in the employ of George Soros, the Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire philanthropist and Holocaust survivor who sits at the core of many right-wing conspiracy theories.
The idea that anti-Trump protestors are paid off by his political enemies is a recurring claim by the president, who previously advocated investigating the 2017 Tax March protestors to determine whether they were paid.
However, this marks the first time Trump has explicitly mentioned Soros by name on Twitter — a move that could well fan the flames of conspiracy among the far right.
The procedural vote to start debate on Kavanaugh's nomination in the full Senate is set to take place at 10:30 a.m., which would clear the way for a final vote on Saturday afternoon.