TRANSCRIPT: James O’Keefe Asks Gillum Staffer Why They Deceive Voters

­­­­­­James: Omar, Omar. This is James O’Keefe with Project Veritas Action. We have you on hidden camera saying that voters should not know about Gillum’s policies. Would you like to see yourself on video? Um, you say, do voters know that, that’s not for them to know. That’s not for them to know. Remember our saying, modern day fairy tales begin with once I get elected, once I am elected, that’s your quote. Modern day fairy tales and it’s not for voters to know. Could you tell America why you feel Gillum has to deceive the voters in order to get elected?


Omar:… I think you’re only playing only a part of the clip.


James: We have a whole 15 minute video here. We also have you saying that you went to college with Gillum. Can you talk about, more about your association with him in college and what compelled you to get involved in his campaign?




James: What about this do you think we have dishonestly shown here? It’s pretty clear. You, you have to appeal to white guilt. Fairy tales in the old days begin quote once upon a time, you said it twice. Fairy tales in modern day begin with once I am elected. Any comment?


Omar: No…


James: I mean, you’re pretty clear that he has to, he can’t tell voters. Why can’t he tell voters these things?


Omar: Well, every voter will make up their own mind and not make up their mind on my opinion.


James: Does, does, is your opinion true?


Omar: It’s true for me.


James: Okay, is it uh, is it accurate that you can’t tell voters that once he gets elected he’s not going to be able to enact these policies?


Omar: If you understand how government works, one man cannot enact all of the policies that he wants, that’s considered a dictatorship.


James: So why do we have to hide it from voters?


Omar: we don’t have to hide it from voters.


James: that’s what you said.


Omar: that’s not what I said.

James: Okay. Would you like see yourself saying it? Okay. Do you have any other comment you’d like to add before we publish these videos?


Omar: I would rather you not publish these videos.


James: why not?


Omar: I don’t like to be on TV


James: Heh, well voters don’t like to be lied to, sir. Should they be lied to? Again, let me get the exact clip for you so you know I don’t misquote you. *looks for clip* Do voters know that, that’s not for them to know. That’s what you said, it’s not for them to know, that’s your exact quote. What did you mean by that? How could I have possibly taken that out of context?




James: It’s my last question, and then we’ll head out because we have to publish the video. What could, what did you mean by that’s not for voters to know? Tell me how that could have been taken out of context.





James: nothing, nothing?


Omar: not while I’m walking. Turn off the camera, we can sit down and have a conversation.


James: Uh, we can turn off the, I don’t know if I want to turn off the camera, but, um, uh, that’s not what we do at Project Veritas. So, do you have any, we’ll, we’ll, we’ll head out. Any additional comment before we do?




James: nothing?




James: Okay.


Omar: can you turn off the camera?


James: uh, we cannot turn off the camera, no, so, uh, if you’re unwilling to give a comment, we’ll just have to publish what we have, okay?


Omar: well, I would ask that you please do not publish the video.


James: Okay. And if we do?


Omar: *shrugs* I don’t know.


James: Alright Omar, thanks for your comment, and we will be speaking with you shortly, okay?


Omar: I ask that you please don’t publish the video, can I have your card?


James: can you have my card?


Omar: Yeah.


James: Uh, I can give you my cell phone number, if it helps, I don’t have a card with me.


Omar: okay.


James: I’ll give you my number. Or, or we can just, do you have a pen, we can write it down? Here we go.


James: my number is *gives phone number*


Omar: what’s your name?


James: James O’Keefe. Project Veritas Action.


Omar: O-K-


James: O-K-E-E-F-E


Omar: Project…


James: Project V-E-R-I-T-A-S. This is a nationwide investigation, we’ve been going into all these different states, McCaskill – Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, North Dakota, now Florida. So, we’re trying to have an honest conversation about why people, what they tell voters in public versus what they tell them in private. And, I will say, you come across, as a very savvy, political person, someone who’s very intelligent, knows how the process works, I just think this comment you made about the voters shouldn’t know, I think that was the deception. So,


Omar: I don’t think that it was deception.


James: okay. Okay, alright. It’s not deception why?


Omar: You’ve taken a piece of my statement, you have, near, the beginning of the end of the conversation.


James: we have the whole conversation, it’s 15 minutes long.


Omar: so don’t just harp on that one point.


James: we have a bunch of different statements here. That’s not for them to know. Remember our saying, modern day fairy tales start with once I am elected. So, I think I’ve uh, given you a chance to respond, there’s my phone number, and uh…


Omar: I will call you


James: please call me, we’ll have a conversation. We’re going to, we’re gonna publish this here, uh, imminently.


Omar: I would rather you not publish it in the interim.


James: You know, you did speak with a person, we have no duty to keep confidential the information that you’ve shared with this person, and we’re going to be publishing it. So, thank you very much Omar, I appreciate your coordialness here talking to us, and we’ll see you, we’ll see you soon, okay? Thank you very much.




James: Uh, this is James O’Keefe reporting from from Florida outside the office of Governor candidate Gillum, speaking with uh, one of the staffers in the campaign, Omar, who apparently went to college with Gillum, has given us some comments here before we publish the video. Should be very interesting to see the reaction.

Gillum Makes Promises He Can’t Keep, “that’s not for [voters] to know” Says Campaign Staff in Undercover Video

[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Empty Promises Exposed: “Fairy tales in the modern day begin with ‘once I am elected.'”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Deceiving Voters: “None of the programs that people are hoping for would happen” but “That’s not for [voters] to know.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Candidate’s True Politics: “Gillum is a Progressive” and “He is a part of the crazy, crazy, crazies.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Election Strategy: “You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Secret Gun Control Agenda Revealed: “three day waiting period for everybody,” “small steps” to ban assault rifles; “I don’t think he can say it [be]cause he’s trying to get the moderates”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Florida is a “F***ed up,” “cracker state,” “you have to appeal to white guilt”


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(Tallahassee) Project Veritas Action Fund has released undercover video from Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s campaign, revealing his election strategy includes making empty promises to voters. This is the seventh undercover video report Project Veritas has released in a series revealing secrets and lies from political campaigns in 2018.

Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action:

“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.”

Gillum campaign makes promises it knows it can’t keep

Featured in this report is a campaign staffer who works on Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign. Omar Smith, who says he went to college with Gillum, reveals Gillum cannot fulfill his campaign promises even if he wanted to.

When asked how Gillum would fund all the programs he says he wants to fund, Smith says Gillum “can’t,” and when asked if voters are aware that Gillum cannot deliver on his proposed programs, Smith says:

SMITH: “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 explains that most of Gillum’s campaign promises could never be implemented, and that the Gillum campaign knows this:

SMITH: “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 teacher’s pay to $50,000, that will never happen. Give me another position. Medicare for all, that will never happen. The reason being, the legislature that write 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.”

Smith says that “the rules in Florida are f***ed up” and that Florida is a “cracker state,” explaining that the Florida legislature has to become racially black for Gillum’s agenda to advance.

“Whip up” the poor into a “frenzy in order for them to vote.”

Smith says that in order to get voters on board with Gillum’s fairy tale platform, the campaign must “whip” lower income individuals “into a frenzy.”

SMITH:  “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.”

Smith adds that because not all Democratic voters are the same, that the Gillum campaign needs to appeal to “white guilt” to turn out the vote:

SMITH: “You have to appeal to white guilt… [be]cause that’s what it is.”

Smith also explains that the Gillum campaign can’t let voters know what Gillum’s true agenda is before election day:

SMITH: “… We don’t, do we have to let [the voters] know what the agenda is ahead of time? We can’t… We cannot… You alienate everybody. Then you get painted like, oh, Gillum is being painted, no. You are a socialist, you are way out of left field…”

Gillum is a “crazy, crazy,” Democrat

Smith also explains Gillum’s political worldview, saying that “Gillum is a progressive… He is a part of the crazy crazy crazies.”

Cliff Eserman, who works for the Broward County Democratic Party adds that during the Democratic primary, Gillum had to campaign on values he does not really believe:

ESERMAN: “In order to win he had to be… He’s really left of center. So he was being left, not left of center… For the primary. Now [in the general] he’s going back to left of center.”

Dale Holeness, who is the Broward County Commissioner and also works on Gillum’s campaign, explains Gillum’s gun control views:

HOLENESS: “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.”

Adrian Young, who works for the Florida Democratic Party also elaborates on Gillum’s gun control views in the report:

YOUNG: “… I do think he’s not saying specifically like I’m going to ban bump stocks or I’m against ATs, 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…”

More Elections…

This is the seventh release in a series Project Veritas Action Fund began publishing in October 2018 exposing dishonesty and unethical conduct in elections across the country. Project Veritas Action Fund will continue to publish undercover reports in this series.

View the other investigative reports in this series: