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GOP super PAC video highlights allegations Dems incited violence at Trump rallies

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The super PAC tasked with protecting the House GOP majority on Tuesday unveiled a new video that highlights the allegations from conservative activist James O’Keefe that Democrats incited violence at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rallies.

{mosads}The Congressional Leadership Fund’s (CLF) new spot, shared first with The Hill, focuses on a video released by O’Keefe, known for his undercover video projects Democrats say are selectively edited, that specifically targets Democratic operative Robert Creamer.

The video cuts together footage from O’Keefe’s video alleging that Creamer and other Democratic staffers hired people to stage protests and incite violence at Trump’s rallies.

Creamer has denied O’Keefe’s claims, calling them “outrageous.” He announced earlier this month he would resign from his role at the Democratic National Committee in the wake of the footage, saying he didn’t want to “become a distraction.” 

The nearly minutelong spot also takes aim at Creamer’s wife, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and points to a story that mentions that on the night Trump canceled his rally in Chicago, Schakowsky was photographed at a protest holding a sign that calls Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) the “gang of hate.”

The super PAC’s video calls on viewers to urge Congress to investigate Schakowsky.

CLF spokeswoman Emily Davis called the incitement of violence at Trump’s rallies “an assault on individual Americans and on our democracy as a whole.”

“For far too long, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and her husband, convicted criminal Robert Creamer, have been unaccountable for their roles as instigators of liberal demonstrations,” Davis said. “Congress should get to the bottom of this and demand answers on the organized attacks on democracy and what role Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky may have played.” 

Creamer pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2005.

Trump has seized on some of these videos and has suggested that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton approved outside groups to follow the real estate mogul while campaigning with an activist in a duck costume — needling him about “ducking” the release of his tax information. But a Clinton spokesman dismissed the videos and cited a report that showed O’Keefe’s group was funded by Trump’s foundation.

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