Right wing fake newsman and agent provocateur James O’Keefe has been caught attempting to bribe protesters to riot at Trump’s inauguration. This time the sting was on him:
The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C.
They’ve released a YouTube documentary of the sting.
IANAL, but this is very likely a felony:
Hope springs eternal that O’Keefe will finally end up in the slammer.
This should come as no surprise since unruly protestors have been a staple of Trump’s rallies and a common tactic of authoritarian strongmen throughout history. Nothing could amplify Trump’s “Law and Order” agenda more than violence at his inauguration. This bust puts liberal groups on the alert for agent provocateurs, but the danger remains that Trump associates could organize a violent disturbance at his inauguration using hired goons.
Gwennedd noted in a comment a few days ago that this was also reported in RawStory. She notes:
If this had gone through as O’Keefe had planned, then Trump would have had a reason to stop all planned protests anywhere and at any time. He may even have been able to take it to the next step...arresting organizers BEFORE any events even take place.
Wow, the rec list? I’m honored. Not sure this diary deserves it but this information must be spread far and wide. If it’s picked up by mainstream news then it may make Trump minions think twice about organizing violence.