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Hidden cameras reveal Clinton dirty-tricks campaign

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By Mark Bonokoski, Postmedia Network

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on during an event at Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2016.  (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on during an event at Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2016. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, to be held by ironic providence in the sin city of Las Vegas, an undercover team with hidden cameras has begun exposing the dirty tricks orchestrated and played out by operatives deep within Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The operation, launched as Project Veritas by conservative activist and investigative journalist James O’Keefe, shows top-level Democratic activists Robert Creamer and Scott Foval bragging into hidden cameras about how they send in trained individuals to incite violence at Donald Trump events, and how they have even paid mentally ill people to disrupt and create the sense of “anarchy” and “chaos.”

“I’m saying we have mentally ill people, that we pay to do s---, make no mistake,” Foval says in the secretly-recorded video. “Over the last 20 years, I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff, and I have also taken them to dinner, and I’ve also made sure they had a hotel, and a shower.

“And I have put them in a (rehab) program,” he adds. “Like, I’ve done that (too).”

Editor's Note: The following video contains strong language.

The name of the game, of course, is winning. Dirty tricks and politics go together, well, like dirty tricks and politics.

And it has forever been so. (Though in this case, Foval paid the price: He was fired by Americans United for Change on Tuesday.)

Once upon a time, all bars and liquor outlets were closed on election day to stop the buying of votes with a dram or two of whisky. Entire cemeteries have voted for their favourite candidate, robo-calls have misdirected thousands, and town hall meetings have been hijacked by activists planted in the audience to ask embarrassing questions.

So it is nothing new.

“One of the things we do is we stage very authentic grassroots protests right in their faces at their own events,” Foval tells someone who is secretly recording him.

“Like, we infiltrate.”

This, apparently, is called “bird-dogging,” an expression that has also appeared in the WikiLeaks dump of Clinton e-mails.

“So the term is bird-dogging,” says Foval. “You put people in the line, at the front, which means that they have to be there at six in the morning because they have to get at front at the rally, so that when Trump comes down the rope line, they’re the ones asking the questions in front of their reporters.

“We pre-place them there. But you have to train them to bird-dog,” says Foval, stating it sometimes takes two weeks to train a good bird-dog.

Remember that 69-year-old woman in North Carolina back in September, who was hauling around the oxygen tank for her COPD, and who made the headlines after she was supposedly assaulted by one of Trump’s supporters.

“She was one of our activists,” says Foval, admitting that he trained her himself to bird-dog that event.

Then Foval eloquently summed up the litany of dirty tricks employed to get Hillary Clinton elected.

“It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say,” he says. “We want to win this motherf----r.”

That pretty well answers everything.

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