DNC Hired Actors to Fill Seats at Convention-Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
About 700 actors were hired to fill seats at the Democratic National Convention after delegates staged a walkout, according to a Craigslist ad that turned up.
We can’t confirm whether or not this Craigslist ad was actually created by the Democratic National Committee, or if seat fillers were used to give the appearance of party unity.
Those rumors cropped up after a Craigslist ad appeared in the Philadelphia area the day after Bernie Sanders supporters and delegates staged a walkout at the DNC. The post, which appeared under the headline, “Actors Needed For National Convention,” reads:
Looking for 700 people to be utilized as actors during the National Convention.
We currently have a number of empty seats that will need to be filled as we are currently removing a number of people and need to refill their seats for the remainder of the conference.
You will be paid $50.00 each night for the remainder of the convention. You will be required to cheer at all times and will be asked to dress properly and possibly wear some promotional material.
The ad quickly went viral. Websites like Infowars, Townhall and Twitchy all ran stories that claimed seat fillers to make it appear that the party had unified in support of nominee Hillary Clinton.
Those stories included videos that were posted by people at the DNC who said they had personally witnessed seat fillers flooding the arena. In one instance, a woman posted a video of her standing next to a man who explained:
He just came down from above, in the nose bleed section, and because our people, the Bernie people, went out to do a press conference, he was just given a credential … and he came (down) to be a seat filler.
The man doesn’t provide his name in the video, so it’s impossible to verify why he was at the DNC and the sequence of events described by the woman.
So, when it comes to rumors that actors were hired to fill seats at the DNC, there’s no firm evidence to prove or disprove the claim.
But it seems that these rumors have exaggerated the number of Bernie Sanders supporters who walked out.
ABC News reported that about 150 delegates walked out. Politico reported that “more than 100” Bernie Sanders supporters walked out. Given that there were exactly 4,763 delegates on the floor of the DNC, 100-150 of them walking out wouldn’t have had that big of an impact on the crowd size, or how full the arena appeared on TV.
In the end, we can’t confirm whether this rumor is truth or fiction.