Undercover video reveals Democratic operatives’ efforts to incite violence at Trump rallies
By Evan Lips | October 19, 2016, 18:36 EDT
NEW YORK — Project Veritas, the undercover journalism group famous for producing secretly-recorded videos that have exposed organizations like ACORN and Planned Parenthood, has made its presence known once again with the release of footage showing a Democratic operative explaining how the party has been behind efforts to foment violence at the rallies of Republican Donald Trump.
The video of Scott Foval, national field director for the nonprofit Americans United for Change, explaining how Democratic operatives work to provoke and incite attendees at Trump rallies has already cost him his position.
“I mean, honestly, it’s not hard to get some of these a–holes to pop off,” Foval can be seen and heard telling an undercover Project Veritas investigator in one video. “It’s a matter of showing up, to want to get into their rally, in a Planned Parenthood t-shirt. Or ‘Trump is a Nazi,’ you know.
“You can message them out, and draw them out to punch you.”
Foval also links the efforts to disrupt Trump rallies with Robert Creamer, husband of Democratic Illinois U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
“I am contracted to him [Bob Creamer],” Foval says at one point. “But I answer to the head of Special Events for the DNC and the head of special events and political for the campaign.”
“The [Clinton] campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, The Foval Group goes and executes the s–t…Democracy Partners is the tip of the spear on that stuff.”
Creamer had been assisting the Democratic National Committee with Clinton’s campaign while at the same time working for Democracy Partners.
On Wednesday Creamer announced he would be “stepping back” from Clinton’s campaign. Further thickening the plot is the fact that Creamer, who in 2005 pleaded guilty to tax violations and $2.3 million in bank fraud, has visited the White House hundreds of times:
Between 11/21/2009 and 6/24/2016, Robert Creamer visited the White House 342 times, 340 times as ‘Robert Creamer’ & twice as ‘Bob Creamer’. pic.twitter.com/iJUbzyEDuD
— Anthony De Rosa (@Anthony) October 19, 2016
Creamer called Foval’s comments “flat-out wrong” and told CNN his organization has “gone to extreme measures to ensure no violence took place at any of our (counter-protest) rallies.”
Creamer, however, can be seen on one video talking about how his role is to manage the “Democratic Party apparatus” to schedule events “wherever Trump and (running-mate) Pence are going to be.”
Democracy Partners later issued a statement via its Facebook page in which the organization claims to “have been the victim of a well-funded, systematic spy operation that is the modern day equivalent of the Watergate burglars.”
“The alt-right takeover of the Republican Party has poisoned our country and all Americans deserve better. Our firm will not be silenced from advocating for peace, justice and social change.”
Democracy Partners also claimed that it “condemns violence and election tampering in all their forms.”
Foval, however, can be heard in the video explaining how the Clinton campaign coordinates with the Democratic National Committee and other groups like Foval’s.
“The thing that we have to watch, is making sure there is a double blind between the actual campaign and the actual DNC and what we’re doing,” Foval told one investigator. “There’s a double blind there, so they (Clinton campaign) can plausibly deny that they knew anything about it.”
In another segment, an operative explains how the Clinton campaign and the DNC coordinate with groups like Creamer’s.
“I just had a call with the campaign and the DNC, every day at one o’clock,” Zulema Rodriguez, who works underneath Creamer, can be heard on the video.
Foval can also be heard boasting about his connections and the work he’s done.
“You remember the Iowa state fair thing where Scott Walker grabbed the sign out of the dude’s hand and then the dude kind of gets roughed up right in front of the stage right there on camera?” Foval says. “That was all us. The guy that got roughed up is my counterpart who works for Bob (Creamer).”
Foval also explains how teams at rallies plant “multiple people in that front area around him and in the back to make there wasn’t just an accident happen up front, there was also a reaction that happened out back.”
“So the term ‘bird-dogging,’ you put people in the line, at the front which means that they have to get there at six in the morning because they have to get in front at the rally, so that when Trump comes down the rope line, they’re the ones asking him the question in front of the reporter, because they’re pre-placed there,” Foval explained. “To funnel that kind of operation, you have to start back with people two weeks ahead of time and train them how to ask questions.
“You have to train them to bird dog.”
In another segment, Democratic operative Aaron Minter explains how “nobody is really supposed to know about me” and says he and Creamer worked behind the scenes to shut down a Trump rally in Chicago.
“So the Chicago protest when they shut all that, that was us,” says Minter. “It was more him (Creamer) than me, but none of this is supposed to come back to us, because we want it coming from people, we don’t want it to come from the party.
“So if we do a protest and it’s a DNC protest, right away the press is going to say partisan — but if I’m in there coordinating with all the troops on the ground and sort of playing the field general but they are the ones talking to the cameras, then it’s actually people.”
In a statement, Project Veritas Action President James O’Keefe said “the Hillary Clinton campaign is leaving nothing to chance as we have seen and will continue to reveal as our investigation into the dark machine of the Hillary Clinton campaign continues.”
“Hillary, check your email.”
O’Keefe also said that Project Veritas Action “had television exclusives lined up all around the country” ready to air their work and claimed “those television stations spiked the story at the last minute,” something he attributed to sources alleging to him that the networks “feared retaliation and retribution from a future Hillary Clinton administration.”
The release of the videos came ahead of the third and final debate between Clinton and Trump, slated for Wednesday night.
“There is a narrative that supporters at Trump rallies are violent and dangerous looking to beat up protesters that don’t agree with them,” O’Keefe added. “But our undercover investigation into the Hillary Clinton Democratic Party machine reveals a very different story.”