The violent protesters that invaded and shut down a Chicago rally for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump earlier this week claim they were just concerned students acting out against racism.
But new information reveals the organizations behind these anti-Trump rallies aren’t just bored college kids.
According to new evidence, they’re a collection of organized leftist groups with an agenda to stop Trump.
Trump has asserted that the Chicago protest was a professionally staged “planned attack” — and it looks like he was correct.
According to multiple reports, liberal organization MoveOn.org — which had previously endorsed socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president — supplied material support and planning assistance to leaders of the anti-Trump mob, including signs and organizational emails that included information and plans.
Remember the #TrumpRally wasn’t just luck. It took organizers from dozens of organizations and thousands of people to pull off. Great work.
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 12, 2016
MoveOn.org and Sanders supporters weren’t the only groups behind the violence. According to a report by Fox News, Black Lives Matter and anti-Trump unions have also played a key role in these demonstrations.
SEIU, the biggest public-sector labor union in the country, has claimed it was involved in the Chicago protest. Joe Iosbaker, the leader of a 3,000 strong local branch of SEIU, told Politico that he was a participant.
Besides mobilizing a big crowd, the Chicago protesters used some sophisticated tactics. They encouraged students to sign up for lots of tickets in an attempt to limit the crowd of actual Trump supporters, making the crowd appear to be an equal mix of those eager to cheer on the real estate mogul and those overtly opposed to his candidacy.
Once inside, protesters also stuck together in groups to help one another when scuffles and fistfights broke out. Entering in force also allowed protesters to break out in celebratory cheering and dancing when a Trump representative took to the stage to announce the rally had been cancelled.