It was only a matter of time before concrete evidence revealed that Trump supporters had managed to profit off of the resistance to his presidency.
Raw Story was alerted by the parody Twitter account @AltCyberCommand that another user, @z3dster, had revealed in a viral thread that although the now-deleted @Resistance_Feed account appeared to be of similar ilk to others in the so-called "resistance," a simple search for the website's owner reveals a much more insidious web.
website it links to looks fine https://t.co/Ktsh98Fvy3— zedster (@zedster) 1514501898.0
"Fun story," the user's thread began, linking to a screenshot of @Resistance_Feed's account that had over 33,000 followers by the time they deactivated. Though their website, ResistanceFeed.net (which was still up at time of writing) looked relatively normal, a whois searched revealed the owner's email is "email@example.com."
"Americafirstera seems like an odd name choice for a pro Resistance site," the user rightfully noted. That email, they noted, led them to the website AmericaFirstEra.com — a site whose layout and design are almost identical to Resistance Feed's, but on the opposite end of the political spectrum.
hmm... back to whois we go https://t.co/tEYZyfrcuH— zedster (@zedster) 1514501899.0
When searching the whois for America First Era, the user found that the website was registered to someone named Michael Maday — a man who registered a pro-Trump political action committee under the America First Era name with the Federal Elections Commission, and allegedly runs @The_Trump_Train's Twitter account.
and of course the guy also registered a pro Trump PAC https://t.co/pGfViqpfoF https://t.co/G2IdHBBWTg— zedster (@zedster) 1514501900.0
After @z3dster first began the thread linking Resistance Feed to America First Era/Maday, another user tweeted that they'd been direct messaged by @Resistance_Feed asking for a donation.
@z3dster @Resistance_Feed Thanks that account messaged me for money yesterday. https://t.co/uitXeCgwYH— ✊🏿 Wakanda Forever✊🏿 (@✊🏿 Wakanda Forever✊🏿) 1514505946.0
Soon, yet another user revealed that @Resistance_Feed's donation solicitations typically linked to a PayPal link that sent the proceeds to "Maday Media."
If you click on the link in that tweet (https://t.co/MVFvZpzMFe) this is what comes up - a PayPal donation page to… https://t.co/WzKjQOGshD— Leia (@Leia) 1513694624.0
@The_Trump_Train has more than 191,000 followers, and as recently as a few hours before press time was also selling Trump merchandise.
UPDATE 8:30 PM EST:
Shortly after Raw Story published this article, @Resistance_Feed reinstated their Twitter account and accused the company of being "Russian trolls." A few minutes later, the account disappeared again.
[caption id="attachment_1188942" align="alignnone" width="357"] A screenshot of tweets from @Resistance_Feed before the account once again went dark.[/caption]
UPDATE 10:45 PM EST
The website alluded to here: http://resistancefeed.net is down with a 404 error. Alt US Cyber Command also noted