We previously met Aaron Minter, who also goes by the alias Aaron Black, several days ago in the first video in a series by James O’Keefe’s project Project Veritas: he was the operative for Democracy Partners who admits he is “is instrumental at organizing rapid response events targeting GOP Presidential candidates throughout the country for Americans United for Change during the 2016 elections” and is the deputy rapid response director for the DNC, who was instrumental in staging a disruption and inciting violence in Chicago during Trump’s rally there in March.
Fast forward to today when Black makes a repeat appearance in the latest Project Veritas video released moments ago, in which “Aaron Black”, is caught on camera bragging about his schemes getting men to bully women at a Trump rally, saying “That is what I’m going to do. That is the hit.”
Amusingly, in an attempt to deflect the backlash from these videos, earlier today during a White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest warned that Americans and journalists should take Project Veritas videos “not just with a grain of salt but maybe even a whole package of salt.”
“Despite what the name might suggest, these videos have not often revealed the truth,” Earnest said, even as he admitted that many Democrats had been forced out of their jobs as a result of O’Keefe’s work.
Furthermore as we first reported last night, Robert Creamer, a top Democratic operative featured in the video, stepped down from his position after he admitted in the video to engaging in voter fraud and that he was actively trying to incite violence at opposing political rallies. Cramer also previously served time for fraud and tax charges. Earnest was “reluctant” to comment on the videos themselves, but talked about the topic of “birddogging” opposing rallies. He said that the notion of inciting violence in an opposing candidate’s campaign was contrary to Obama’s views of community organizing.
“We shouldn’t have to resort to violence and in fact it is completely inappropriate to resort to violence to advance a political goal,” he said, calling it a principle that President Obama “strongly believed in.”
He added that any effort to incite violence at political rallies “is entirely inconsistent with the president’s view about community organizing and waging a vigorous campaign.”
And yet, despite the videos’ first hand admissions of just that, Earnest urged viewers to have “extreme caution” with Project Veritas videos.
“Time and time and time again, the information that was released by this organization was a lot different than initial reports would indicate,” he said. Alas, he could not provide an explanation or justification why the “infromation released” would indicate anything than what is on the tape.
Meanwhile, speaking of Creamer, Earnest dodged questions about reports that the Democratic operative had visited the White House some 342 times and met personally with Obama 47 times, as the White House itself discloses (see below). Earnest said he had no information about those meetings, but cautioned that it was highly unlikely that Creamer had “one-on-one” meetings with the president.
White House also denied Wednesday that President Obama has a friendship with Creamer.
Asked to describe Obama’s relationship with Creamer, Earnest said, “I’m not sure that I can describe it, because, I’m not sure there is much of one.” Cramer is married to Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, a close ally of Mr. Obama. As shown above, according to the White House’s own records, he also met with Obama more than three dozen times.
As noted previously, Creamer, founder of Democracy Advocates, stepped down on Tuesday from his role helping the campaign of Hillary Clinton, a day after Scott Foval was fired from his post as national field director of Americans United for Change. Undercover video released by the conservative group Project Veritas showed the two Democratic strategists discussing voter fraud and their roles in sending paid agitators to campaign events for Mr. Trump.
Josh Earnest’s press conference is below.