(National Sentinel) Deceptive: Project Veritas, led by James O’Keefe, has been targeting vulnerable Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms to reveal how they really feel about key issues.
The most recent ‘victim’ is Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who is locked in a tight race against Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley. On Monday, O’Keefe’s undercover media sting organization released a video revealing what McCaskill really thinks about gun control and illegal immigration.
Let’s just say her private positions are different than what she’s saying publicly and in her campaign ads.
Missouri is a red state — POTUS Trump won it easily. So on these issues, McCaskill has to pretend to be the ‘moderate Democrat’ who supports the Second Amendment and border security. In addition to catching her in frank discussions about her real positions on these issues, O’Keefe’s undercover journalists also caught McCaskill staffers on video claiming she only appears ‘moderate’ to win Republican votes.
On the tape, McCaskill talks gun control and even gun bans, Project Veritas reports:
Senator McCaskill revealed her intention to vote on various gun control measures in undercover footage:
MCCASKILL: “Well if we elect enough Democrats we’ll get some gun safety stuff done. They won’t let us vote on it, we’ve got 60 votes for a number of measures that would help with gun safety, but McConnell won’t let ’em come to the floor.”
JOURNALIST: “Like bump stocks, ARs and high capacity mags…?”
MCCASKILL: “Universal background checks, all of that… But if we have the kind of year I think we might have I think we could actually be in a position to get votes on this stuff on the floor and we’d get 60 [votes]…”
JOURNALIST: “So you would be on board with the bump stocks and… high capacity mags.”
MCCASKILL: “Of course! Of course!”
Despite her strong views on gun control, Senator McCaskill does not tend to promote them on the campaign trail or on her website. Rob Mills, who works on Senator McCaskill’s campaign, says that is “…because she has a bunch of Republican voters.”
Another individual who works on Senator McCaskill campaign, Carson Pope, adds that “…a semi-automatic rifle ban is more so what she would support.”
Nicolas Starost, another individual who works on Senator McCaskill’s campaign, explains how President Obama won’t campaign for Senator McCaskill in Missouri despite their similar views on politics. Starost says this is because Senator McCaskill needs to distance herself from the Democratic party to appeal to more voters:
STAROST: “Because of how like, cause he’s a very liberal candidate. And like… Claire distancing herself from the party is gonna help her win more votes than it will saying like: “Oh here’s Obama, the former President of the United States, to now speak on my behalf.” Which is unfortunate because I love Obama to pieces, and I’d love to see him come here.”
JOURNALIST: “And they essentially have the same views on everything?”
STAROST: “Yeah. People just can’t know that.”
That would include Obama’s open borders policies and his DACA program, by the way.
No wonder McCaskill doesn’t want Obama to campaign for her.
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