Clinton Surrogate Says ‘No Validity’ to O’Keefe Video Despite Dem Operatives Losing Their Jobs

• October 19, 2016 12:48 pm


Hillary Clinton surrogate Christine Quinn dismissed James O'Keefe's undercover sting video of Democratic operatives discussing how they were provoking Donald Trump supporters to be violent despite two of the operatives losing their jobs because of the video.

O'Keefe, a conservative undercover journalist for Project Veritas, released an undercover video on Monday showing Democratic operatives talking about previous violent incidents that they had orchestrated at Trump rallies.

CNN previewed Quinn's interview with a clip from the video of Americans United for Change national field director Scott Foval speaking to one O'Keefe's undercover colleagues about provoking Trump supporters.

"Honestly, it is not hard to get some of these assholes to pop off," Foval said. "It's a matter of showing up to want to get into the rally in a Planned Parenthood t-shirt or, you know, Trump is a Nazi, you could message to draw them out and draw them to punch you."

Following the clip, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Quinn to respond on how Clinton was going to address the video.

"I don't grant any validity to this video at all," Quinn said.

Camerota asked Quinn how O'Keefe could be "fudging" the video considering Foval's voice can be heard.

"We've seen many different tapes recently in history over the last few years or so be put together and really focused on attacking groups like Planned Parenthood, and then we found out afterwards that those tapes were cut and spliced and put together in a way that they show something totally different than what happened," Quinn said.

"I have no doubt in my mind that no one associated with the Democratic Party or with Hillary Clinton's campaign would ever do something like that. It is absurd," she added.

Camerota interjected before Quinn could finish and asked her about Robert Creamer, one of the operatives in the video who worked on behalf of the Democratic National Committee for Clinton's campaign.

"You don't think that the DNC worked with this outside Robert Creamer group to try to stage counter-protests?" Camerota asked.

"Counter-protests outside?" Quinn asked.

Camerota confirmed that she was talking about counter-protests and that Creamer said on the video that he was tasked with orchestrating counter-protests.

"I'm sure that happened and I'm sure the RNC or the Trump organization set up counter-protests outside of Hillary events. Protesting is completely different," Quinn said.

"You're saying nobody tried to provoke Trump supporters to violence?" Camerota asked.

"No. Absolutely it would never happen in Hillary Clinton's campaign," Quinn said.

Creamer and Foval lost their jobs this week after the undercover video of them went viral on social media. Foval was laid off by Americans United For Change on Monday, but Creamer did not make an announcement until Tuesday night that he was "stepping back" from his work with the Clinton campaign, CNN reported.

"I am unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hilary 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 that he was referring to the Clinton campaign, with which he was "fully integrated."

Creamer added that "contrary to the outrageous claims of the notorious right wing blogger James O'Keefe, we have always adhered to the highest standards of transparency and legality in our work for the DNC."