Protesters who got into a Trump Rally in Chicago this past spring, forcing it to be canceled, were paid by Clinton operatives according to statements made by a high-level campaign operative in a video recorded by a controversial conservative filmmaker.
He has now announced that he would be “stepping back” from the campaign after the statements he and other staffers made on the video that they hired people to attend Donald Trump’s campaign rallies and incite violence, including the rally at the University of Illinois Chicago.
According to CNN, Robert Creamer — who is the husband of Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky — announced his resignation in a statement after conservative activist James O’Keefe released a video under his organization Project Veritas Action, which showed Creamer and other operatives were shown discussing methods for inciting violence at rallies for the Republican nominee.
In the past, O’Keefe and his Project Veritas Action have been criticized for strategically editing footage to create false accusations about people or groups.
Creamer was helping the Democratic National Committee with Clinton’s campaign while working for Democracy Partners, a progressive consulting group. He is also the head of a group called Mobilize, which contracted with the DNC.
“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 in a statement. “As a result I have indicated to the Democratic National Committee that I am stepping back from my responsibilities working with the campaign.”
He confirmed with CNN that he was referring to the Clinton campaign, with which he was “fully integrated”, and denied that any of the schemes in the “hypothetical conversations” recorded for the video ever took place.
Creamer also told CNN that the national field director of Americans United for Change, Scott Foval, who was also recorded in the video, made false comments that are wrong about inciting violence at the rallies. Foval has since been fired from Americans United for Change, which had a contracting relationship with Democracy Partners.
“I mean, honestly, it’s not hard to get some of these a——- to pop off,” Foval says at one point in the 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 to draw them out, and draw them out to punch you.”
Creamer said Foval’s comments were “flat out wrong.”
At the time, Trump blamed supporters of Bernie Sanders for the disruption, in part because they were holding Sanders campaign signs. He decided to adhere to police and Secret Service advice to not hold the rally after dozens of protesters disrupted events inside the arena at the University of Illinois Chicago while hundreds more protesters rallied outside.
Foval can also be seen in a second O’Keefe video discussing sending Wisconsin voters to Pennsylvania in attempt to commit voter fraud. “We’ve been bussing people in to deal with you f—kin’ a–holes for 50 years, and we’re not going to stop now,” he says on the tape. If accurate, the statement would lend credence to Trump’s recent claims of a ‘rigged election’. However, both the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee say such a scheme was never contemplated.