Spicer: Some Town Halls Feature ‘Professional Protesters’

White House press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily White House briefing, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that a wave of angry protests at town hall events in recent days was partly the result of a “professional protester manufactured base.”

During a press briefing, one reporter asked Spicer about a tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday night, which said “some” of the rowdy town halls were the result of “liberal activists.”

“I think there’s a hybrid there,” between manufactured anger and real concern, Spicer said.

“I think some people are clearly upset but there is a bit of professional protester manufactured base in there. Obviously there are people that are upset, but I also think that when you look at some of these districts and some of these things, that it is not a representation of a member’s district or an incident,” he said.

“It is a loud, small group of people disrupting something in many cases for media attention, no offense. It’s just I think that’s— Just because they’re loud doesn’t necessarily mean that there are many, and I think in a lot of cases that’s what you’re seeing.”

Earlier this month, Spicer agreed with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, who asked if protestors were being paid.

“Protesting has become a profession now,” he said.

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