Project Veritas Action Fund (PVA) released its seventh undercover video on the 2018 midterms Wednesday night, revealing a familiar theme in its investigation of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s campaign.
“What we found in the Gillum campaign was just what we found in Missouri, Tennessee and Arizona — a candidate lying to the voters he needs to win the election,” said James O’Keefe, founder and president of PVA. The Florida campaign workers, like the ones in Missouri, Tennessee, and Arizona, also showed great contempt for their state and its voters.
Omar Smith, a campaign staffer who says he went to college with Gillum, told the PVA journalist that even though the candidate is a “crazy” progressive, he would not as governor be able to do everything he promised during the campaign because Florida is a “f*cked up-a$$ state — a cracker state.”
Smith was refreshingly honest when asked how, once in office, Gillum would fund all the programs he’d campaigned on.
Smith flatly said Gillum couldn’t. When asked if voters were aware that Gillum could not deliver on his proposed programs, Smith answered bluntly: “That’s not for them to know…. That’s not for them to know. Remember our saying, modern day fairy tales start with ‘once I am elected.’”
Smith explained that “the rules in Florida are f*cked up. This is a “f*cked up-a$$ state — a cracker state, okay? Ask anybody outside of here. You go Port St. Lucie, Orlando … man, them crackers ain’t gonna let us do that sh*t, dawg,” Smith added. “Boy, you crazy?”
He told the PVA journalist that he lived in Tallahassee for ten years. “I’ve seen it. I went to a black college. Even my father’s wife. She like, ‘oh, them crackers gonna take over FAMU’ (Florida A&M University). Niggas ain’t ever gonna be sh*t. They can’t get it right. I hear that sh*t so often, I’m like, ‘y’all motherf*ckers crazy? Really?'”
BREAKING @PVeritas_Action: FL Gov Candidate Staffer Who Went to College with Gillum: "Not for voters to know" programs won't happen, “Modern day fairy tales start with once I am elected” Florida is a "F***ed up" "cracker state" FULL REPORT: https://t.co/G0V1HlyAlz pic.twitter.com/et2JycI4rh
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 1, 2018
He explained how the Gillum campaign motto (“modern day fairy tales start with ‘once I am elected'”) got started.
“So a gentleman called on the phone and he said, ‘Fairy tales in the old days begin with once upon a time. Fairy tales in the modern day begins with once I am elected,'” he said.
Smith matter-of-factly stated that most of Gillum’s campaign promises could not get implemented, and that the Gillum campaign understood this.
“So, let’s go back to Mr. Gillum’s platform, right? Raise the corporate tax in Florida from 7 to 11 percent. That will never happen. Raise teachers’ pay to $50,000 — that will never happen. Give me another position. Medicare for all — that will never happen. Reason being, the legislature that writes the bills is all Republican controlled. Democratic governor, Republican legislature. So unless the legislature writes a bill, and it got voted on the floor, it cannot pass,” he explained.
Smith said in order to get people on board with his fairy tale agenda, the campaign would have to “whip” certain constituents “into a frenzy.”
“You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote. Once Gillum is in, in another 2 years, other Republican senators and legislators will be on the ballot. So, you have to whip up the Andrew Gillum voters again in those counties to vote out the Republican to get a Democratic legislature in order for his (Gillum) will to be executed.”
He added that the campaign would also have to “appeal to white guilt” to turn out the vote.
“You have to appeal to white guilt,” Smith explained. He added that the campaign couldn’t let the voters know what the true agenda is ahead of time because that would “alienate everybody” and Gillum would be painted as “a socialist … way out of left field…”
He explained that Gillum ran as a far leftist during the primary but had to strike a more moderate pose for the general election. But “Gillum is a progressive.… He is a part of the crazy crazy crazies,” Smith assured the PVA journalist.
NEW: The honesty of Gillum's campaign staff on undercover video is refreshing, especially when it comes to who the real Andrew Gillum is. While trying to appear as a moderate, "Gillum is a Progressive" and "He is a part of the crazy, crazy, crazies." FULL: https://t.co/G0V1HlyAlz pic.twitter.com/YDWifuIDWv
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 1, 2018
Dale Holness, the Broward County commissioner who also works on Gillum’s campaign, explained Gillum’s gun control views:
“There ought to be at least a three-day waiting period for everybody and a full background check for everybody…. And we need to — and these automatic guns with sixteen rounds a minute, they ought to not be on the streets either, so that’s his plan,” he said.
Adrian Young, who works for the Florida Democratic Party, elaborated on Gillum’s gun control views: “I do think he’s not saying specifically like I’m going to ban bump stocks or I’m against ARs, only because he’s running a race right now. I do think he would support anybody doing that stuff, Bill Nelson…. But I don’t think he can say it just [be]cause he’s trying to get the moderates and the gun-toting people in North Florida.”