No evidence backs claims of protesters being paid
Several Republican lawmakers have accused protesters at recent town hall-style meetings of being the tools of deep-pocketed benefactors pushing a liberal agenda.
“Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety,” said U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler.
While Gohmert isn’t the only official to claim protesters are being paid, nothing has yet turned up to support those claims. The burden of proof still lies with the accusers, however, and Republicans haven’t been offering any evidence (and neither did Democrats when they made similar claims about the tea party a few years ago).
First thing about these town hall protests: Crowds have been pretty raucous and confrontational, but not violent.
Gohmert spokeswoman Kimberly Willingham didn’t provide the