In a video just launched titled “Rigging the Election,” James O’Keefe of Project Veritas talks with various Democrat officials who discuss tactics they utilize to provoke violence at Donald Trump rallies. The audio is a little off at times, leaving specific parts difficult to hear, and there’s a long intro to the video. The meat of the video begins around 2:19 and is embedded above. Nevertheless, the creator of the video, James O’Keefe, has confronted trouble in the past for editing videos in a way that made them deceptive.
Here’s what you need to understand.
O’Keefe Interviewed Officials with Americans United for Change and Democracy Partners
James O’Keefe launched a new Project Veritas video that puts a big question mark on the concept that Trump supporters are violent, placing the blame potentially back on a group of Democrats who are utilized purposefully to provoke violent encounters during the rallies. O’Keefe spoke with Scott Foval, National Field Director for Americans United for Change, and Bob Creamer, founder of Democracy Partners, along with several activists. The video is edited, so even though it seems that these organizations did provoke violent interactions, based on what’s displayed in the video, it’s unclear just how meticulously this was associated with the DNC or Clinton’s campaign.
“The whole point of it is that we know Trump’s people will freak the f*** out, his security team will freak out, and his supporters will lose their sh**,” Foval stated during the undercover recording.
“We are contracted directly with the DNC and the campaign both,” Foval explained, adding that he’s contracted with Bob Creamer, but answers to the head of special events for the DNC and the Clinton campaign. “We are the primary mechanism as a team. Democracy Partners is the tip of the spear on that stuff.”
What’s blurry is whether the actions at the rallies are done in coordination with the DNC or separately. Since the videos are edited, it’s difficult to tell in what order things were stated, or what questions the statements were in response to. Foval later stated on the video that they had to make certain there’s a “double blind” between what they do and the DNC, so the DNC has plausible deniability.
Officials Stated They Made a Script That Included Getting Trump Supporters to Punch Agitators
“There’s a script of engagement,” Foval stated on the video. “Sometimes the crazies bite and sometimes the crazies don’t bite. … The key is initiating the conflict by having leading conversations with people who are naturally psychotic. I mean, honestly, it’s not hard to get some of these … to pop off. It’s a matter of showing up, to want to get into the rally, in a Planned Parenthood t-shirt. Or, Trump is a Nazi, you know… You can…. draw them to punch you.”
He discussed about a schedule of ongoing events for Trump and Pence rallies that they update every day.
We have to have a central kind of agitator training…”
Foval described that his work entails having built-in groups of individuals in New York, D.C., Colorado, Vegas, Minneapolis. Next, O’Keefe’s reporter spoke to a Deputy Rapid Response Coordinator who stated that if a riot or an engagement was branded a DNC protest or a Clinton campaign protest, it wouldn’t have the same impact. Zulema Rodriguez, another activist, then spoke on the video about how they were behind a riot that turned violent, leading to the cancellation of a Trump rally in Chicago in March. Fights broke out between supporters and protesters at that event. She described that she has calls with the DNC every day. (Yet again, examination should be utilized while viewing the video, as it’s unclear if her talks with the DNC are about riots or something completely different, on account of video editing.)
We also did the Arizona one where we shut the highway down.”
Foval described on the video that if someone is hurt or gets in legal trouble, he’ll support their bills. Even before Trump’s nomination, they were at work, he stated. When Scott Walker grabbed a sign out of protester’s hand in the course of a rally, “That was all us,” Foval stated. “The guy that got roughed up is my counterpart,” he stated.
A COPD sufferer who was attacked at a Trump rally in North Carolina was also one of their activists who had been trained to bird-dog, Foval stated. They put folks in line at 6 a.m., so they’re at the front of the rally and they’re the ones questioning Trump inquiries when he comes down. They train folks two weeks ahead of time on birddogging.
Foval included on the video that they also hire mentally ill folks “to do some crazy stuff.” He also makes sure they get a hotel, shower, and puts them in a program afterward.
James O’Keefe, Who Put Together the Video, Has Been Charged of Editing Misleading ACORN Videos
James O’Keefe, who put together this video, owns Project Veritas. The organization was created in 2010 with the mission of investigating and disclosing corruption, dishonesty, waste, and fraud.
Prior to now, O’Keefe has been charged of selectively editing videos and damaging chronologies of ACORN employees. He posted hidden camera recordings in 2009 in which his associate dressed as a prostitute and he posed as her boyfriend, a law student. They attempted to get damaging responses from employees of ACORN. The videos revealed low-level ACORN employees in six cities providing advice on tax evasion and human smuggling. When he revealed the videos, he was dressed in a pimp costume, but he wasn’t in fact dressed that way when he visited the employees. ACORN employees shared his visits with the police after he left. By December 2009, an ACORN investigation cleared it of any wrongdoing, but mentioned that poor management contributed to unprofessional actions. The California Attorney General came to the conclusion the videos have been “severely edited.” The New York Times came to the same realization, stating that the sequence of some conversations was even switched. ACORN dissolved in March 2010. (Notice that O’Keefe’s videos are a separate problem from the voter fraud questions that ACORN faced.)
In 2010, O’Keefe and three accomplices were arrested in New Orleans for trying to illegally record a Senator. Two were dressed as telephone repairmen. O’Keefe was sentenced to three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine.
In 2011, he staged encounters with workers that he believed revealed Medicaid fraud, but later examination revealed there was no fraud.
In 2013, O’Keefe paid $100,000 to a ex – ACORN employee, Juan Carlos Vera, for misrepresenting Vera baed on selectively editing videotapes. The editing made Vera seem like he was a willing participant in O’Keefe’s system to smuggle women into the U.S. illegally. Vera stated that he motivated O’Keefe to share more details so he could turn him in to authorities. Vera lost his job because of the way the video was edited.
The video that O’Keefe launched seems to display dogged efforts on some Democrats’ part to provoke violence and create a violent narrative about Trump supporters. Simultaneously, the videos should be checked out carefully, with an eye for when editing happened in case anything wsa edited in a deceptive way. After reviewing the videos and reading the full account, what do you think about what you saw? Let us know in the comments below.
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