Trump accidentally highlights his history of stiffing workers with protesters tweet

On Saturday, as the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, protesters swarmed Washington, D.C. They rallied against a man accused of sexual assault being appointed to the highest court in the land—and the consensus from the right is that they were George Soros-funded operatives, paid for by liberals to make it appear that fierce opposition to Kavanaugh existed.

And while President Donald Trump has gone after them before, on Tuesday he went after their backers, claiming in a tweet that the shadow money supporting them was now also stiffing them.

While his tweet raises some interesting questions—if paid protesters aren’t paid are they really paid?—Trump’s needling of bills not being paid brought back to light something the president was infamous for in his past: not paying people he hired to do jobs.

When he was in real estate, Trump was on the receiving end of numerous lawsuits from contractors who said the president didn’t pay his bills on time. And as noted by the Washington Post‘s Philip Bump, Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by hiring people to appear at his campaign announcement, then not paying them after.

It’s also not clear if Trump is aware that many people tweeting they hadn’t gotten their check from Soros yet were, uh, joking.

But it was Trump himself orchestrating an expensive-as-hell stunt less than a year ago when he sent Vice President Mike Pence to walk out of an NFL game. At the time, the country was divided about national anthem protests that drew attention to police-involved violence.

It cost taxpayers about $325,000 to make that trip happen.

Correction: This article previously misspelled Washington Post reporter Philip Bump’s first name.

David Covucci

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