James O’Keefe has made a name for himself — thanks to undercover stings over the years — beginning with an investigation into ACORN, ultimately leading to it being defunded. O’Keefe was just a kid with a camera at the time, but he now runs Project Veritas, where he enlists the help of a team of fellow activists.
Their latest exposé targets #DisruptJ20 and affiliated groups planning on disrupting Friday’s inauguration. To summarize the video reported on yesterday, it shows a number of “anti-fascist” (in name only) activists allegedly planning to use butyric acid bombs — commonly known as “stink bombs.” The leftists captured on film were allegedly targeting the Deploraball, a pro-Trump event to be hosted at the National Press Club the night before the inauguration.
#DisruptJ20 claims, as their defense, the weeks of planning required to pull off their stunt was for the sole purpose of fooling James O’Keefe!
According to the Washingtonian:
The Antifascist Coalition says it knew the cameraman in the video was an actor in O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group, and concocted a phony plan in order to throw him off. It may have worked more effectively than the Antifascist Coalition anticipated, as O’Keefe’s video is being reported by Breitbart, the Drudge Report, and other Trump-friendly outlets as proof that left-wing protesters plan to engage in “criminal activities” to disrupt the inauguration and its associated events.
The protest group insists there is no actual plot to disrupt the Deploraball with stink bombs or wayward sprinklers, and that the conversation featured in O’Keefe’s video was designed as a mole hunt.
The video shows three members of the Antifascist Coalition discussing butyric acid, an active ingredient in stink bombs, and tampering with the fire-suppression system at the National Press Club, over dinner at Comet Ping Pong, the Northwest DC pizza restaurant that has been the target of a smear campaign by the white-nationalist “alt-right” movement. According to the protest group, the dinner was designed to out the cameraman—a person calling himself “Tyler”—as someone trying to infiltrate their organization. Lacy MacAuley, another member of the Antifascist Coalition, says “Tyler” and a woman calling herself “Tarah” aroused activists’ suspicions when they showed up at organizing meetings with unclear motives.
“The people who were in touch with this person ‘Tyler’ said we’re going to deal with this shady person and figure out who he is,” MacAuley tells Washingtonian. “They met and decided to give him a false plot to see what that would lead to. The false plot was the kind of things high-school students would want to plan involving stink bombs and sprinkler systems.”
That’s quite a bold defense. “We were only pretending to break the law to fool you into thinking we’re the kind of people who would break the law!”
Of course, O’Keefe is smart enough to anticipate criticism his videos will generate (usually that they’re edited and out of context). For that reason, O’Keefe always releases footage from his investigations gradually, so they can debunk the defenses his targets give every step of the way. When his targets cycle through five different excuses, they’ve proven themselves to be untrustworthy, and that’s likely to be the case of those affiliated with #DisruptJ20.
As the second installment in O’Keefe’s investigation revealed today, the plan to sabotage the “Deploraball” is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what they have planned for the inauguration (and related events).
If these people want to disrupt fascism, they should be targeting themselves.
[This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]