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McCaskill Tapes: For Your Lies Only

Tony Perkins · Oct. 19, 2018

To most people, it seemed odd when Planned Parenthood released its first round of campaign spending back in March, and Missouri wasn’t on it. After all, Senator Claire McCaskill (D) is a woman, she’s pro-abortion, and Planned Parenthood was one of her biggest supporters when she won the seat in 2012. “Either McCaskill is a lost cause,” reporters speculated, or something else is going on. Turns out, there’s plenty going on. And thanks to Project Veritas, voters have a front-row seat.

Maybe, the Washington Examiner said at the time, “Planned Parenthood is keeping its distance to protect McCaskill… whose voters may be less inclined to support lawmakers affiliated with the controversial organization.” Well, Planned Parenthood may be keeping its distance publicly, but according to campaign staff, the financial support never stopped. They just moved it off the books and behind the scenes, where voters in Missouri would never know. In a new video from James O'Keefe, voters are finding out that gun control isn’t the only thing their senator’s lying about.

In the latest undercover footage, McCaskill’s staff admits that while “Planned Parenthood refuses to directly support her campaign in order to help her keep up her moderate image among pro-life Democrats, they still donate through other covert means in order to support her campaign.” In Wednesday’s video, the senator’s employees tell Project Veritas’s journalist that Planned Parenthood donates to “outside groups that funnel support to Ms. McCaskill, instead of supporting her directly.”

Nicholas Starost, a campaign staffer, explains that the country’s biggest abortion business, “go[es] through other means to get us that money.” It’s a well-orchestrated scheme, he says giddily. “It’s f—ing beautiful. It’s great when it works for us and not against us, let’s be honest.” Another McCaskill operative, Darcy Becker, chimes in. “It’s not that they don’t support Claire, it’s because they know it’s a tough state to win for a Democrat. Even some moderate Democrats are pro-life,” she explains, “and even those Republicans that are going to vote for Claire because they’re pretty moderate, she could lose them if Planned Parenthood donated money to her.” Watch the exchange for yourself below.

And that’s not all. Her staff admits that — contrary to what she tells pro-life Democrats — McCaskill is “100 percent pro-abortion.” So she’s openly lying about her position? “Yeah, I think it’s like a tactic to… try to get the moderate voters.” Now, 24 hours into this latest PR disaster, McCaskill headquarters is scrambling. In a desperate attempt to take the heat off, the senator is demanding an investigation. But into what?

Good question. On Wednesday night’s “Washington Watch,” James couldn’t believe the ridiculousness of McCaskill’s reaction. “She says we’ve committed fraud. I don’t know what that means by recording the folks. I’m committing fraud by recording what they’ve said? I think the real fraud is the bait-and-switch when the worker for her says that moderate voters are going to have to ‘get over it’ after they impeach Trump. After they do what they are not supposed to do — and what they told voters they would not do. That to me is a better example of fraud — lying to the constituents. Our cameras just recorded it.”

As if that weren’t pathetic enough, the McCaskill camp is also going after opponent (and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley) for somehow infiltrating her office. That’s interesting, James told me, since “I’ve never met her opponent. I’ve never talked to the attorney general of Missouri… [but] she’s on defense because this video shows her staffers saying that one has to mislead moderate voters in order to get elected in a state like Missouri.”

For his part, Hawley is pushing back — and hard. “Let’s review last 24 hrs,” he tweeted. “1) @clairecmc & staff caught on tape telling the truth 2) McCaskill accuses ME of fraud 3) McCaskill demands Missouri give her special prosecutor to investigate her truth telling. Senator, accusing people of crimes is a serious thing. If you have evidence of a crime, please come forward with it immediately. Otherwise, please stop politicizing the legal process for your reelection.”

On the show last night, I asked James why he thought McCaskill and her staff would be comfortable enough to admit they’re dishonest. “Part of it is hubris… ” he explained. “Because the media doesn’t hold any of these red state Democrats accountable, a lot of these guys inside the office were quite open about the deceptions. And it wasn’t just one of them. Each and every staffer we met had a different type of deception.” Let’s face it, he said, “It didn’t take a tremendous amount of espionage for me to do this. I just had to walk in and ask questions and get responses, which is what journalists are supposed to do.”

The unmasking of McCaskill’s campaign reveals a lot more than the deception and potential violation of campaign finance laws. It shows that many in the Democrat Party realize their pro-abortion, anti-God, anti-family, and anti-gun agenda is out of step with the majority of American voters. We can’t allow that dishonesty to prevail — take the pledge to Pray – Vote – Stand!

Originally published here.


Conservatives Take a Beating from Far-Left


Another day, another politically-motivated attack. Or three. Less than a week after Eric Holder told Democrats to “kick them,” (meaning Republicans) at least two Minnesota protestors and a Florida man took Obama’s attorney general seriously. Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media — since, as Newsbusters points out, ABC, NBC, and CBS all ignored them.

“You can’t do this!” Republican state representative Sarah Anderson says she shouted at the protestor destroying her campaign signs. “Yes, I can, I’m an anarchist! I can do whatever I want!” She told a local news outlet that she tried to pull out her phone to videotape him when the man charged her. “Go kill yourself!” he yelled, trying to stop her from leaving. That’s when he punched Anderson in the arm. “I’m leaving now. I’m leaving now,” she told him. “And he was still with his head in my vehicle, just yelling. He was irrational, just completely irrational.”

Another Republican candidate, this time for the U.S. House, told a local Fox station in Minnesota, stopped at a local restaurant to talk to the manager about hosting a campaign event there. Shane Mekeland was at a high-top table when a man in the group “punched him ‘out of nowhere.’” Mekeland said he “fell backward and blacked out when he hit the floor.” “The last thing I heard is him say — I’ll keep out the colorful language — ‘You bleepin’ people don’t give a bleep about the middle class.‘”

Like Mekeland, Sarah Anderson was astounded. “The idea that they will physically attack me, that’s un-Minnesotan, that is not how we operate, and that’s not how we solve problems in the state.” Unfortunately, it’s un-Floridian too, but that didn’t stop a man leaving a Naples Planned Parenthood center from walking up to a praying pro-lifer and assaulting him.

“I saw one of our men, Joe, saying the rosary on the sidewalk,” said one witness. “The attacker walked up to him and for several minutes he was verbally badgering him. The language was atrocious, it was horrible,” said Mary Claire Dant, a pro-lifer who saw the attack. “At some point he kept screaming, all of a sudden Joe was standing there, boom, he knocks him down onto the ground. Joe got up, as he gets up he pulls his arm and fist back and starts striking him. I heard bone on bone.” A local priest told reporters that he arrived and “saw an ambulance with police all over the place. They told me what happened, and at that point, I went to the ambulance and Joe was… quite bloodied up.”

Police are looking into all three attacks – which will probably be added to the new Left-wing “rap sheet” that’s totaled up more than 600 incidents of violence and harassment against conservatives. The hostility is becoming more common, but for most Americans, it’s no less shocking. Just think what these people will do if they get their hands on the levers of government! We’ve heard what Democrats are saying publicly: “Get up in congresspeople’s faces,” reject civility, “when they go low, kick them.” That’s horrifying enough. Now imagine what they’re suggesting in private.

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist,” President Trump said, “and you don’t give power to an angry, left-wing mob. And that’s what the Democrats have become. They would turn our country so fast into Venezuela.”

How should we respond to these increasing verbal and physical assaults from the Left? While we should not respond in kind, we must also not surrender our voice and our vote in the face of their violent intimidation because that would only encourage their incivility.

Originally published here.


Some Theaters Call It Curtains on Gosnell


For the team behind the movie Gosnell, opening day was supposed to be a relief. Producer Ann McElhinney said, “I thought the other day when the film came out, 'Oh good! We’re safe now!’ We’re not even slightly safe.” That’s just one of the shocking revelations she shared on “Washington Watch” about what the industry is doing right now to shut down a film so successful that it was in last weekend’s Top 10.

“It is relentless what we’ve put up with here,” Ann told me. And it’s been four years,“ A long four years at that. For most people on the Gosnell team, it was the movie that almost wasn’t. They’ve battled Hollywood, Facebook, NPR, and even a crowdfunding site just to get the film on the screen. And now that it is, the establishment doesn’t want it there. Make no mistake, Ann explains, "This film did a phenomenal business over the weekend. We were the number one independent movie in the country.” But here’s the incredible part. “The theaters where we’re doing the most money, where the most money is being made, they’re dropping us. They’re going to drop the movie. They’re not going to continue to play it.”

“We have reports from all over the country where people go to a theater where they know it’s playing, and there’s no movie poster up. It’s not on the marquee. They’ve almost left the theater, thinking ‘Oh my gosh, it’s not here. We’ve gone to the wrong theater.’ They’ve gone to theaters and been told by the guy selling tickets, ‘You don’t want to go and see that. Why don’t you go and see Venom instead…’”

“I’m telling you, I just got off the phone — and the distributor said in his career, he has never had the reception he’s gotten for this movie from the movie theaters — in a 30-year career… So I would say to your listeners, they need to get out there — and they need to get out there in numbers and buy tickets, even if they can’t go.”

What makes the reaction even more astounding, Ann points out, is how profoundly the film is changing people’s lives. “I can tell you, on the flip side of that, we’re seeing and your listeners can look on Facebook at the Gosnell movie page and see what people are saying… at the end, people sit until the very end of the credits. At one place, a priest stood up and said, ‘Would anyone like to pray?’ and everyone stayed, and everyone prayed… In other places, people huddled in groups in the foyers of movie theaters and prayed. This is what we’re getting from the audience. But I can tell you that the warfare from the establishment is phenomenal.”

If you’ve been to the movie, then you understand how life-altering Gosnell is. Ann said she could stay on the show “all day reading the most beautiful letters from people who have changed their mind about abortion from watching the movie…” Others, she told me, have written and said they just didn’t know. They thought abortion was only legal up to three weeks, or they had no concept of what was involved. The testimonials are all over Gosnell’s Facebook page.

This is one of those rare moments in time when the pro-life movement has the opportunity to make serious impact on the hearts and minds of Americans. So what can you do? Keep buying tickets, for one. Take your church group, your family, or your Bible study. If your local theater isn’t playing the movie, call them up and demand it. Then have your friends do the same. Ask them, “Why won’t you show this film? It’s an incredible movie. Gosnell is the number one independent movie in the United States. It’s something I care about. My family cares about. Our church cares about. A huge number of people in this country care about it.”

Then, most importantly, pray. There’s a spiritual battle taking place in America over the truth in this movie. And it’s a battle — after 60 million unborn lives — that needs to be waged.


This is a publication of the Family Research Council. Mr. Perkins is president of FRC.

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