MUELLER PROBE: Russians Organized Anti-Trump Rallies In New York City & Charlotte
On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton.” Investigators also found the Russians organized rallies against Trump in New York City and Charlotte.
“At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York City called “Trump is NOT my President” held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitles “Charlotte Against Trump” in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.
Interesting: Mueller's investigation finds Russians also organized AGAINST Trump as well as for him pic.twitter.com/uQAfiR5Z1J
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) February 16, 2018
See footage below of New York City event on November 12, 2016.
Here is NBC‘s report on the New York City event:
“Not My President’s Day” rallies were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more than two dozen other cities across the nation in a spirited display of defiance against a president who has been in power for just one month.
In Trump’s hometown, a huge throng rallied outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, with the crowd blanketing the southwestern corner of Central Park and singing “We Shall Overcome.”
Many carried signs that read “Not My President” and “Resist” and chanted “No Ban, No Wall” — a reference to Trump’s executive order on travel by immigrants and his still-unbuilt wall along the Mexican border.
A BuzzFeed report published October 26th, 2017, shows Facebook was aware an anti-Trump rally in Charlotte was organized by Russia:
People believed to be Russians meddling in American politics swiftly chose a new target in the days after the 2016 election: trying to organize anti-Trump rallies, according to private messages from a page aimed at black civil rights activists that has been linked to a wider Russian effort.
“We’re holding a protest against Trump on Saturday,” read a message obtained by BuzzFeed from the BlackMattersUS Facebook page to an activist who’d spoken at a previous rally organized by the group in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The BlackMatters page also sent a poster for the “Charlotte Against Trump” rally on Nov. 19, 2016, and a now-unavailable link to a Facebook event.
The page was identified in a bombshell investigation by RBC, a Russian outlet, as one of 180 social media accounts created by a St. Petersburg “troll farm.”