22 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion
“Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that the thousands of protestors who swarmed his town hall on Thursday night were not actually from his state and were “paid” to protest, the Deseret News reported Friday.
Chaffetz told the paper that he was sure that the protesters, who chanted “shame!” and grilled him on investigating President Donald Trump, were Democrats and that they were trying to cause “chaos” because they don’t like Trump and are upset about the results of the 2016 election.
“You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted effort in part to just cause chaos,” he said, according to the Deseret News. “Democrats are in disbelief that they have nothing but flailing and screaming to deal with this.” Talking Points Memo, 10 February 2017
“I was there and interviewed many members of the audience. None I spoke with were paid, and all I met were from Utah.” Eric Bradner, CNN politics reporter, via Twitter, 11 February 2017
“US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is far from over.
Army veterans from across the country have arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, or are currently en route after the news that Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river.
“We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” said Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, who arrived at Standing Rock with a group of vets late on Friday. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.” The Guardian, 11 February 2017