(National Sentinel)Â Deceptive:Â Project Veritas, led by James O’Keefe, has been targeting vulnerable Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms to reveal how theyÂ 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: â€œWell if we elect enough Democrats weâ€™ll get some gun safety stuff done. They wonâ€™t let us vote on it, weâ€™ve got 60 votes for a number of measures that would help with gun safety, but McConnell wonâ€™t let â€™em come to the floor.â€
JOURNALIST: â€œLike bump stocks, ARs and high capacity magsâ€¦?â€
MCCASKILL: â€œUniversal background checks, all of thatâ€¦ 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 weâ€™d get 60 [votes]â€¦â€
JOURNALIST: â€œSo you would be on board with the bump stocks andâ€¦ high capacity mags.â€
MCCASKILL: â€œOf course! Of course!â€
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 McCaskillâ€™s campaign, says that is â€œâ€¦because she has a bunch of Republican voters.â€
Another individual who works on Senator McCaskill campaign, Carson Pope, adds that â€œâ€¦a semi-automatic rifle ban is more so what she would support.â€
Nicolas Starost, another individual who works on Senator McCaskillâ€™s campaign, explains how President Obama wonâ€™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: â€œBecause of how like, cause heâ€™s a very liberal candidate. And likeâ€¦ Claire distancing herself from the party is gonna help her win more votes than it will saying like: â€œOh hereâ€™s Obama, the former President of the United States, to now speak on my behalf.â€ Which is unfortunate because I love Obama to pieces, and Iâ€™d love to see him come here.â€
JOURNALIST: â€œAnd they essentially have the same views on everything?â€
STAROST: â€œYeah. People just canâ€™t know that.â€
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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