Video purports to show Democratic operatives discussing inciting violence at Trump rallies
WASHINGTON (SBG) - The 2016 political season has been filled with very public controversy, but a political activist has just released an undercover video that seems to show controversial things the public never sees.
The video, released on Monday by conservative activist James O'Keefe with Project Veritas Action, purportedly shows Democratic operatives discussing inciting violence at Donald Trump rallies.
The video shows Scott Foval, a political consultant with the group Americans United for Change, talking about what he calls "conflict engagement" in the lines at Trump rallies.
"If you’re there, and you're protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies. That’s what we want," he said.
In the video, Foval appears to state he has volunteers and professional protesters who will initiate conflicts at rallies.
"The key is initiating the conflict by having leading conversations with people who are naturally psychotic. OK? I mean, honestly, it is not hard to get some of these a**holes to pop off. 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 know. You can message to draw them out, and draw them to punch you.”
Foval said in a statement through his attorney that the video shows "speculative conversations, where we attempted to correct a misguided idea put forth by O'Keefe and his cronies, and we did not take the bait."
The filmmaker activist O'Keefe is not without his own troubles. He's been accused of selective editing in previous projects. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2010 for entering a federal building under false pretenses during one of his undercover stings. But some of his work has resulted in major changes.
On Monday night, FOX News reported that Foval was no longer associated with the Democratic group.
Americans United for Change says it has always operated according to the highest ethical and legal standards. Foval is no longer associated with Americans United for Change.