rage rally speakers
most of the original speakers have been on the kremlin payroll
most are pro-war & pro-putin
Maupin works for RT, founded one of the orgs playing a key sponsorship role in the Rage rally, and has hosted pro-Z rallies. Maupin promotes a violent form of Leninism, proudly claiming to be a "Duganite" follower of Alexander Dugin, a Moscow professor and key advisor to Putin who has called for the genocide of all Ukrainians.
The People's Party Chair, Brana's Twitter account is full of excuses and justifications for Russia. The People's Party blames the USA, NATO, and Ukraine for the war, but not Putin.
Hinkle's Twitter feed and Youtube channel are almost exclusively filled with Pro-Putin, anti-Ukrainian posts and Russian disinformation narratives. When Russia invaded, he celebrated by making and selling Russian Army "Z" t-shirts.
Dore is a regular guest on RT News and contributor to Grayzone, a platform that spreads Russian and other authoritarian propaganda. Dore guest-hosted a week-long segment on RT during which he defended Maria Butina, a convicted Russian spy who also joined RT as a reporter after her release from prison.
He is a regular contributor to Russian state-owned Sputnik and RT, and promoter of Russian propaganda. In December 2015, the Kremlin paid for Blumenthal to fly to Moscow for a party with President Vladimir Putin to celebrate RT's 10-year Anniversary.
Reed is a Sputnik journalist who is staunchly anti-Ukrainian and regularly defends Putin and other authoritarian regimes.
Waters is a regular contributor to RT who spoke to the UN at the invitation of Russia. He claimed in the speech that Russia was provoked to attack Ukraine and called on the West and Ukraine to stop fighting the Russian occupation.
Horton applauded a Russian disinformation campaign which claimed the US was pushing Ukraine to cede 20% of its territory to Russia, saying he "hoped it was true." He was banned from Twitter for telling people who accused him of being paid for by the Kremlin to kill themselves.
Reade is an RT contributor. She was also nominated by Putin's government as a witness to the UN Security Council to support Russia's claim that Western military aid for Ukraine was being diverted to organized crime. India rejected her nomination as a witness, citing her lack any relevant experience with weapons trafficking or access to information on the topic.
She then hosted Russia's Deputy Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, a key source of Russian disinformation about the war, on her Youtube channel.
Reade received an award from Maupin's CPI non-profit, which is sponsoring the Rage rally. But her quotes below (including a Medium article in Russian praising Putin) summarize her beliefs and goals for the Rage rally:
"President Putin has an alluring combination of strength with gentleness.
His sensuous image projects his love for life, the embodiment of grace while facing adversity.
President Putin’s obvious reverence for women, children and animals, and his ability with sports is intoxicating to American women...
I like President Putin...a lot, his shirt on or shirt off."