James O’Keefe has been having a lot of fun lately tweaking the establishment and showing how Democrats engage in voter fraud and dirty tricks. Today he has a blockbuster new video, which he teases on Twitter with this:
Wanna have some fun? Go to Google and type in "DNC"
— PVeritas Action (@PVeritas_Action) October 18, 2016
I took him up on it, and here’s what I saw:
Yup: the top result is O’Keefe’s latest video. This one highlights the dirty tricks pulled by DNC operatives who go to Trump events with the express motivation of goading Trump supporters into committing violence.
The video is embedded below, and it’s well worth the 16 minutes it takes to watch it. You meet shadowy operatives like Bob Creamer and Scott Foval, who (according to the video) run dirty tricks on behalf of both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. (Foval explicitly tells one of O’Keefe’s journalists that he is contracted to both the Hillary campaign and the DNC. He says that consultants like him serve as a sort of communications link between entities that are not allowed to communicate directly.)
These people have created a lot of the stories you have read about in the news. Democrat operatives on this video brag openly about how they seek to provoke violent situations at Trump rallies and other events. Foval boasts about sending provocateurs to have “leading conversations with people who are naturally psychotic” at these rallies. The events are scripted in advance.
A shadowy fellow named Aaron Minter, who goes by Aaron Black, says: “Nobody is really supposed to know about me. . . . So the Chicago protest, when they shut all that? That was us.” He is referring to a Chicago Trump rally where violence broke out and two police officers were injured, and the rally was cancelled. He continues:
None of this is supposed to come back to us, because we want it coming from people. We don’t want it coming from the party. So if we do a protest and it’s branded — “oh, the DNC protest” — right away the press is going to say: partisan.
We have to be really careful because what we don’t need is for it to show up on CNN that the DNC paid for x people to . . . that’s not going to happen.
An operative named Zulema Rodriguez adds: “And then we also did the Arizona one where we shut the highway down.” And the dirty tricks aren’t all recent, either. They’ve been going on for a while. Here’s Foval talking about a staged incident at a Scott Walker rally months ago:
FOVAL: You remember the Iowa state fair thing where Scott Walker grabbed the sign out of the dude’s hand and then the dude gets kind of roughed up right in front of the stage right there on camera? That was all us. The guy that got roughed up is my counterpart who works for Bob [Creamer].
He explains that they “scenarioed” the situation, planting several people up front, and several more in the back so there could be a reaction. He adds that a story in the media, about a 69-year-old woman using an oxygen tank assaulted in North Carolina by a Trump supporter, involved one of their operatives.
Here’s my disclaimer and caveat. I’ve met James O’Keefe. I’ve had dinner with him, and talked far into the night, closing the restaurant down. He and I have battled many of the same people. I’m fond of the guy and I like him. I think many of the attacks on his editing are overstated or even dishonest. That said, there have been times — and James knows I feel this way — when I have disagreed with his editing decisions. (An example of a post where I both criticize and defend O’Keefe is here.) So I think we need to see the reaction to this, and see how the raw footage stands up to the inevitable accusations of “selective editing.” There are enough long quotes showing these folks boasting about their handiwork that the DNC is not going to be able to wave it all away with editing complaints. And O’Keefe has already claimed his first scalp, reporting tonight that Foval has been fired.
Overall, I think he’s done a lot of good work. And to his credit, he has historically put out all his raw footage, so that anyone looking to make accusations of misleading editing can look to his raw footage. (Does Katie Couric do that? No — and if the people slandered by Katie Couric had not made their own recordings, she never would have gotten caught.)
Critics will argue that even if Trump fans are goaded into committing violence, they are legally and morally responsible if they start the violence. Even if that’s true, the protestors are, by the operatives’ own admission, going to the events for the express purpose of getting Trumpers to start violence — and police officers end up getting hurt in the resultant chaos. (The O’Keefe video shows a police officer bleeding from the head after being injured at the Chicago violence that was deliberately provoked by DNC operatives.)
Furthermore, the operatives are promoting the protests as spontaneous and unconnected with the DNC, and they are neither. They are scripted and absolutely directed by Hillary’s and the DNC’s henchmen.
Note well: these folks concede in the video that Hillary was aware of the work they do. And they don’t seem to think they are operating legally or morally; indeed, Foval discounts the idea of following what the “legal and ethics people say” — saying that “we need to win this motherf**ker.”
These operatives’ biggest fear is having CNN and other networks tell the public that they are behind all this. Well, James O’Keefe just told the world. We’ll see if CNN and the others follow up on it.
Here’s the video:
[Cross-posted at RedState.]