Multiple Protesters From Trump’s Chicago Rally Debunk His Claim That They Were Paid To Incite Violence

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10.20.16 7 Comments

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One of Donald Trump’s newest conspiracy theories accuses the Clinton campaign of paying protestors to disrupt his March rally in Chicago. Trump brought up this situation during the third presidential debate, but his words are being debunked by those who were there. During the rally, anti-Trump protestors bombarded a scheduled speech that saw five people get arrested and its own Wikipedia page be created. And the arrests and injuries sustained to some of the attendees caused The Donald to cancel his appearance. During the debate, Trump claimed the violence was incited by paid Clinton shills:

“I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence. She’s the one, and Obama, that caused the violence. They hired people, they paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying, be violent, cause fights, do bad things. When I saw what they did, which is a criminal act by the way, where they’re telling people to go out and start fist-fights and start violence.”

The footage Trump that claims he saw belongs to the conservative group Project Veritas Action, who purportedly recorded Democratic operatives talking about plans for the rally. But as Politifact points out, it is not known when the videos were recorded, and they and seemed to be edited to skew contexts. Some of the protestors who were present on March 11 debunked the theory, joking they have yet to receive their paychecks:

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