CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 18, 2016 — In this the strangest presidential campaign in American history, which stories are capturing the attention of the voting public?
Hillary Clinton is a known, scandal-ridden quantity while Donald Trump is surrounded by allegations of bigotry and sexual innuendo. For the moment, it appears that sex is a more compelling story than corruption, but why?
Perhaps sex is easier to understand than politics for the lowest information voters. Or perhaps political tricks simply do not matter to most people as much as sexual misbehavior.
Media exposure has much to do with the weight of any given storyline, but whatever other reason there may be, Wikileaks dumps about Clinton’s selling out of America don’t seem to be gaining as much electoral traction as Trump’s alleged dalliances.
That in itself is odd because so far, at least, there are only rumblings about Trump, while Bill Clinton is a proven sexual predator.
With that as background, a new tactic called “bird-dogging” has come to light which may be getting the legs the Trump campaign has needed to overcome his “randy” image.
Considering it has arisen just prior to the final debate means it could become a significant factor in the election. But it could also ebb away with the tide of other scandalous uprisings which seem to have had little or no impact on the race.
“Bird-dogging” is not an unknown phenomenon but what makes this story different is that it has been verified by videos released by James O’Keefe of Project Veritas. O’Keefe gained national attention in 2009 when he exposed ACORN, a collection of grass-roots advocacy organizations for the poor, with video evidence of employees filing fraudulent applications. O’Keefe was later arrested in 2010 while attempting to record staff conversations at the office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
According to Project Veritas, the Clinton campaign and the DNC have been involved in efforts to create a sense of chaos during Trump rallies and events designed to undermine his support. Thanks to the new evidence by O’Keefe, Scott Foval, a consultant with Democracy Partners, is presented on camera describing the diabolical methods of “bird-dogging” which is designed to provoke individuals while swaying media coverage.
Says Foval, “We train up our people, wherever they are, to—and I work with a network of groups, we train them up on how to get themselves into a situation on tape, on camera, that we can use later.”
Later in the interview with Project Veritas, Foval describes the tactic at the Iowa State Fair when Republican candidate Scott Walker grabbed a sign out of someone’s hand. The victim was later “roughed up” with the camera running.
“That was all us,” admitted Foval. “The guy that got roughed up is my counterpart. We not only leant ourselves, we planted multiple people in that front area around him and in the back to make sure there wasn’t just an action that happened up front, there was also a reaction that happened out back. So the cameras, when they saw it, saw double angles of stuff like, they saw what happened up front, and they saw the reaction of people out back.”
In another video, Foval explains that the Clinton campaign and the DNC are involved through a labyrinth of contracts.
“We are contracted directly with the DNC and the campaign. I am contracted to (Robert Creamer, of Democracy Partners) but I answer to the head of special events for the DNC and the head of special events and political for the campaign. Through Bob. We have certain people who do not get to talk to them, at all.”
In a story by Joel Pollack of Breitbart News, Creamer says that “Hillary Clinton is aware of ‘all’ of his activities, directly or indirectly, and that Democracy Partners has a daily conference call with the Clinton campaign, as well as frequent calls with the White House.”
With the last debate on the horizon plus the homestretch for the presidency looming, the timing of the Project Veritas story, when combined with the Wikileaks dumps, could be the ray of hope the Trump campaign is seeking to overcome the recent sex scandals that have plagued him.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. he is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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