Less than 24 hours after an undercover video surfaced that showed a liberal political organizer bragging about how he had paid people to disrupt Donald Trump campaign events and spur violent reactions, the Democratic National Committee fired one aide and another resigned from his work with the party, as Republicans denounced the effort as an election year dirty trick.
“The protesters are paid a lot of money by the DNC,” Trump said at a Tuesday rally in Colorado, as he not only criticized Democrats for instigating trouble at his rallies, but also blasted the media for not covering the story.
“They were busted,” said Trump. “Can you believe they get paid for this by the DNC?”
The videos about the Democratic protest efforts came from Project Veritas, a group run by conservative video activist James O’Keefe, who has had both successful and unsuccessful undercover video efforts in recent years in the political arena.
In this case, O’Keefe was able to get in with groups aligned with the Democratic National Committee, which were in various stages of planning different operations to disrupt Trump events.
One of the main people in that video, Scott Foval, national field director for the group Americans United for Change, was dumped by the DNC hours after that video surfaced.
For a response, Foval used a tweet that was critical of O’Keefe.
Along with Foval, also out is Bob Creamer, a veteran Democratic Party political strategist who runs the group Democracy Partners; he resigned.
“I am unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hillary Clinton, and defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming election,” Creamer said, as he said he would no longer be doing work with Clinton’s campaign.
In a Facebook post, Democracy Partners said it was “the victim of a well-funded, systematic spy operation” – evidently by O’Keefe’s group, and the people working for him, who were able to get into the operation and ultimately released these videos.
Foval and Creamer were basically caught on tape bragging about how they were able to screw up Trump events with protesters.
On Twitter, O’Keefe celebrated.
Both campaigns in recent weeks have accused the other of paying people to disrupt the other’s events.
On Friday, President Obama mocked a protester who interrupted an event in Ohio for Hillary Clinton, telling him to instead go knock on doors for Trump.
“That’s a better way for you to spend your time,” Mr. Obama said. “Unless you’re just being paid to be here – in which case, hey, you know, everybody has got to make a living.”