There’s a fake story called “Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out: I Was Paid $3,500 To Protest Trump’s Rally” by a website that’s pretending to be ABC News. However, as well-designed as the site pretends to be — and as detailed as the article is — it’s a fake. The article was published on March 25, and it gained more than 5,000 views, along with a lot of buzz online.
Even Ann Coulter fell for the fake story about Trump protesters being paid, with Coulter publishing the fake story to her Facebook page.
Searching for “Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out” on Twitter brings results of all the people either tweeting about believing the story — or those warning others that it’s a fake story.
A search for “Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out” on Facebook also shows reactions to the fake article causing buzz.
The article itself is pretty detailed, even offering a screenshot of what it claims to be a Craiglist ad offering the $3,500 to actors for a day’s worth of work. The piece claims that a man from Fountain Hills, Arizona, came out as a person being paid to protest a Trump rally.
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It went on to claim that Paul Horner, 37, was paid $3,500 to protest Trump after interviewing for the role of Trump protester and getting the part. Allegations of Trump’s opponents like Bernie Sanders paying for the protesters were brought up — but the article claimed Horner said it was likely Hillary Clinton’s campaign doing the paying.
The article itself is collecting funny comments — and plenty that prove some people don’t realize it’s a fake story.
“Surely you jest. I would protest him for free.”
“I protested for free. Because some of us actually just hate Trump.”
“Protest trump all you want just leave Bernie’s name out of it!”
“This organization “Women Are The Future” needs to be investigated. Where did the money to pay these fake protesters come from?! The title alone screams Hillary supporters and possibly…from her campaign. Not only is this shockingly disgusting to hire fake protesters but to specifically instruct them to say pro-Bernie stuff if questioned is DESPICABLE!”
“Enjoy that money because you are not done earning it.”
The website doesn’t have a readily available “About” page that identifies it as a parody or satire site, and their so-called “complaint” department phone number, as well as their listed “3701 SW 12th St, Topeka, KS 66604” address, is actually the contact info of the much-maligned Westboro Baptist Church.
Do you have a complaint? We love to hear them! You can call our complaint department directly at (785) 273-0325.
However, the real info behind the fake ABC News site proves that a private registrant used 101Domain, Inc. as the website company shielding the true owners behind the fake site.
The website is even seeking writers to fill their site with more crazy stories like the one causing so much buzz that claims Hispanics were paid $500 to protest Trump, while Muslims got paid $600 and African-Americans were paid $750. With the fake site claiming that the Caucasian man was paid $3,500 for protesting Trump after a six-hour training class, those figures might have some folks wondering what they could do to make $3,500 as well.
However, protesting Trump’s rally — and shouting stuff like “Dump Trump” and “Trump Is A Racist” — will not pay $3,500 as the fake site claims. As seen in the above photo, the Republican presidential candidate spoke at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Monday, March 21. It will become a Trump International Hotel in Washington.
[AP Photo/Alex Brandon]