Media salivating for conflict at New York Republican protest
Hordes of local, national and international media-hungry reporters and cameramen gathered outside New York County Criminal Court Monday night demanding content during a protest by the New York Young Republican Club (NYYRC) in support of the former President Donald Trump.
The event, which featured no more than a few dozen members of the populist conservative club – a handful wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and some waving American flags – was mobbed by the media, outnumbering the actual protesters at least 2:1, in a shameless bid for political pornography ahead of the ex-president’s expected impeachment.
The group stood there, mingling with each other and mostly ignoring the news outlets swirling around them, pushing lights, mics and cameras in their faces.
Eventually, a man, who identified himself as Job – “JOB, like Job in the Bible, my brother” – entered the scene to protest the presence of the Young Republican Club, presenting a potential conflict, much to the delight of the journalists.
Cameramen tripped over themselves, rushing in a swarm, jostling each other, as NYYRC executive secretary Vish Burra approached Job to ask him to give the protesters some space.
At Burra’s request, Job continued to sing from the sidelines – at one point, cunningly wondering why there were “a thousand fucking cameras” at the event that any level editor would conclude it wouldn’t. wasn’t worth the bandwidth – as NYYRC President Gavin Wax took to the spotlight, holding something like an impromptu press conference to tout the club’s support for President Trump and rip into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg .
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“There is support for President Trump in the bluest part of the country, here in Manhattan, right outside the courthouse where he could be arraigned,” Wax told reporters. “It is a politicized pursuit, a persecution, without any basis,” he continued.
“This guy is in college, surrounded by a fucking thousand cameras, a thousand cameras. This guy, this guy is fucking…young enough to be my fucking grandson, and y’all listening to him? yelled from behind the crowd.
After the ‘gag’, Job again approached Burra, which again caused spasmodic excitement from the press.
“Money is the root of all evil, look at your bible, money and God don’t mix,” Job told Burra, leaning toward him, in front of dozens of lenses.
“I’m a Hindu,” growled Burra.
“I shake your hand on that, I have Hindu friends,” Job replied, extending his hand to Burra.
“You have one here!” said Burra, taking Job’s hand. “Are you having a good time? Did you like the party?
“There is no party!”
“It’s the Republican Party, actually,” Burra joked.
Job then offered to invite Burra for a real party on his rooftop, claiming he lived across the street in the Tribeca neighborhood – as the cameras quickly turned away.
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Some of the younger conservatives stopped to greet the counter-protester (or whatever), some shaking his hand, others praising him for exercising his First Amendment right — but the cameras weren’t interested neither.
Job stopped by to chat with Breitbart, where he proudly shared photos of himself with Al Sharpton, and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin. He had one from 2018 with Jussie Smollett as well, which he also shared, albeit less proudly.
Interspersed with photos of his daughters and son and many large family gatherings were photos of Job playing ping-pong at PayPal/Venmo’s West Village headquarters.
It turns out that Job is an executive employee of Venmo and an alleged senior member of Black Lives Matter – a buried lede that the “fucking thousands” of journalists have somehow missed.
At one point in the conversation, Job waved at one of the NYPD officers patrolling the premises where the protest was taking place, and the cop waved.
Then he pulled out a photo of himself and a man, who was clearly the same man as the officer standing eight feet away, and their daughters at a family barbecue.
Paps missed the money shot: the cop is their fantasy-agitator’s brother.
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