Latest ‘Bombshell’ Conservative Sting Attempt So Idiotic It Has Clinton’s Campaign Laughing

Conservative activist James O’Keefe’s latest attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton’s campaign may have hit new levels of idiocy — and O’Keefe once crossed the U.S.-Mexico border dressed up as Osama Bin Laden.

Ever since Hillary Clinton emerged as the clear frontrunner in the race for the White House, beating every potential Republican nominee by miles, conservatives have been resorting to digging up dirt and using slander to hurt her chances. Using substantive strategies like critiquing her policies or record have taken a backseat to release torrents of conspiracies and conjecture with facts rarely found. The campaign has barely begun and Republicans are showing that it is going to be one ugly race.

That’s good news for O’Keefe. The full-time conservative scam artist has built his entire career out of playing dirty. Going after Clinton is just another in a long line of attacks on liberals using tactics that would be beneath a political party that felt confident in its message. Instead of winning by ideas, O’Keefe hopes to tank Clinton’s chances by using elaborately orchestrated “sting operations” that are looking increasingly desperate.

The results have thus far been pretty hilarious.

In the latest in an “ongoing series,” O’Keefe’s company, Project Veritas Action, says he caught Clinton’s campaign “laundering” money from foreigners to finance the campaign. If that sounds scary, the details reveal that it’s not. In fact, it’s so pathetic that Clinton’s campaign may have pulled a muscle shrugging so hard.

O’Keefe originally tried to get Clinton’s campaign to take money from a Canadian woman, but — as per the law — staffers rejected her offer. Still posing as a Canadian Hillary supporter, the woman acted bummed out about not being able to help. Another Project Veritas plant offered to buy the t-shirt for the Canadian, which — of course — is perfectly legal. Somehow Project Veritas reasoned that because this t-shirt purchase was done right under the noses of Clinton’s campaign staffers it was somehow complicit acceptance that a foreigner (in this case, a Canadian) was giving money to Clinton — even after the staffer explained to the two undercover conservatives that all they would really be doing is buying a shirt and going back to Canada with a gift. The American plant would be the one giving the “donation” after all. The Canadian would just get the sweet Hillary Clinton t-shirt she wanted.

It’s become clear that Clinton’s team knows the law a bit better than O’Keefe does. After he released his bombshell video, the campaign told The Washington Post that they were gleefully brushing off the revelations as not only false, but pretty sad.

“Reached Monday night, the Clinton campaign said that PVA had simply misunderstood the law. While it prevents foreign nationals from laundering direct campaign donations, it has never been used to go after someone for giving swag to a foreign friend.

Giving a t-shirt to a Canadian friend sure isn’t Watergate. It’s not exactly any “-gate.” And worse for O’Keefe, the video shows Hillary’s campaign doing a lot of things right.

“’This video shows a Project Veritas operative yet again unsuccessfully trying to entrap campaign staffers who very clearly rejected any foreign donation,’ said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. ‘Our staffers understand and follow the law, as demonstrated even in their selectively edited video. Project Veritas, on the other hand, has been caught trying to commit fraud, falsify identities and break campaign finance law — not surprising, given that their founder has already been convicted for efforts like this.”

Clinton’s team isn’t exaggerating about PVA’s brushes with the law. The aforementioned “Rio Grande” crossing? That stunt landed O’Keefe on the “no-fly list” and almost in court. His saving grace was that no judge thought he was honest enough to have actually done the things he said he did in his video. In short, he was too big of a liar to be taken seriously when he admitted to breaking the law.

His own criminality hasn’t stopped O’Keefe from going after Clinton with everything he’s got. It just turns out he hasn’t got much. Earlier this summer, Clinton’s team called out O’Keefe for (unsuccessfully) trying to bait their campaign staffers into breaking election law. This was supposed to be a major take down. Instead, Project Veritas is once again being laughed at.

The fact that Clinton’s campaign can roll their eyes at this latest hack job speaks volumes about O’Keefe’s credibility. In the high stakes game of a presidential election, it’s rare to find any scandal — real or imagined — that is so without merit or substance that the candidate doesn’t even worry about it. O’Keefe has become such a joke, that his “sting” videos read more like a cry for help than a serious hit piece on Clinton.

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