Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson interviewed man who allegedly claimed to pay salaries to protesters to disrupt the Inauguration Day ceremonies for President-elect Trump. Claiming that his name is  "Dom Tullipso," Carlson’s guest on the January 17 show claimed to operate a group dubbed "Demand Protest." The website offers no physical address, but does have a telephone number. Various news organizations reported on the group's spurious claims of creating a fake grassroots movement to protest against Trump.
 
The website proclaims that “We assemble movements. From grassroots organizations to advocacy groups, we seed the narratives and gather the audience you desire. When your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it to life.” Its services come under the headings of “Directed Action,” “Deniability,” and “Recruitment.”
 
On the show, Carlson asserted, "This is a sham, your company isn't real, your website is fake." Continuing on that line, Carlson said, "This is a hoax. [Tullipso] is not your real name; we ran you through law enforcement-level background checks." Carlson also asked the guest to hold his credit card or other identification up to the camera in order to prove his identity. The guest declined. The guest claimed at Fox News’ Los Angeles studios that he did not have any identification.
 
According to Carlson, Tullipso's website claims that it pays 1,800 "operatives" in the total amount of $54 million per year. “Tullipso” claimed that the number was in error, and that Demand Protest is paying out over $80 million. 
 
It was after receiving hate mail, said "Tullipso," that he starting paying protesters to protest against anti-Trump demonstrators. “Tullipso” said his group supports “national treasures” such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia while evading American justice. The guest stated that his current client is seeking the release of the so-called “Roswell” papers long sought by UFO enthusiasts. 
 
Carlson asked again for his guest’s real name, and then pressed  "Tullipso" for his reasoning why he fabricated the website and whether it was a scheme to dupe the media. "Be honest. Did you think we were gonna fall for it?" Carlson asked.
 
When Carlson said that “Tullipso” was engaging in “performance art,” the guest responded, “It's pretty darn easy to say whatever you want to say and have it passed off as truth, and it's pretty incredible to me how easy it was to get the coverage we got. By the way, I'm not saying any of this is a hoax."
 
Among the outlets that reported on the spurious claims were: PoliticalInsider, CanadaFreePress, and Heat Street.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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