An Oklahoma state lawmaker bizarrely claimed that a quarter of the teachers striking for education funding are “paid actors” that were bussed in from Chicago, KOCO reports.
Oklahoma middle school teacher Kara Dore said she met with Rep. John Enns, who told her that “about 25%” of the roughly 5000 protesters were “paid actors” that were bussed in from “Chicago.”
Enns tried to deny making the claim but later admitted he said it, adding it was “what he was told, News9 reports.
Enns said 25 percent of the protesters or roughly 5,000 people are paid actors shipped in from Chicago. When News 9 asked him about it, his story changed several times, eventually saying it’s rumors and bad feelings.
Enns said protesters were banging on his pickup and yelling at him as he drove to the Capitol in the past few days but OHP said they aren’t aware of any incident.
The news station notes that hiring that many actors to participate in a protest, aside from being nonsensical, would cost about $870,000.