WASHINGTON (SBG) — An attorney for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) resigned Wednesday after a Project Veritas undercover video shows the man expressing support for re-education camps for the children of President Donald Trump's supporters and likening the president to Adolf Hitler.
PBS said in a statement Tuesday that attorney, Michael Beller, was no longer with the channel Wednesday over the video, telling reporters in a statement that his actions "in no way reflect our values or opinions." The video, which was posted on Twitter Wednesday by Project Veritas, was taken during the presidential campaign when the outcome was in doubt.
President Donald Trump lost the election to President-elect Joe Biden, culminating in a nearly two-monthlong legal battle from the president's legal team. Trump consistently claimed without evidence that widespread fraud altered the outcome, giving Biden the win. Congress certified Biden's victory last week.
Beller, an attorney with PBS, was caught on tape as part of a Project Veritas sting operation. The self-proclaimed conservative watchdog group has deployed similar techniques against tech employees and reporters, which many reports say strip away important context. Ethics experts have criticized Project Veritas' methods in the past.
“We go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away. And we’ll put them (Trump supporters’ children) in re-education camps,” Beller can be heard saying to an unidentified woman in the video. He also said the "enlightenment camps" would be akin to forcing children to watch PBS and Sesame Street.
In a separate part of the video, the unidentified woman posing as a Biden supporter asks: “What are you going to do if we don’t win [the 2020 presidential election]?”
Beller responds: “Go to the White House and throw Molotov cocktails.”
Project Veritas' videos have led to several firings and criminal actions in the past. The group's videos have also landed founder James O'Keefe in hot water. He pleaded guilty in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA., under false pretenses.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, for instance, announced Wednesday that Rachel Rodriguez has been taken into custody after a Project Veritas video surfaced last year appearing to show her taking part in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election. Rodriguez said on the video that what she was doing was illegal that she could go to jail for participating in the ploy.
Rodriguez denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters that she was conducting her own sting operation and that she lied to investigators who were recording her.
She was arrested for election fraud, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, illegal voting, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. She faces up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted.
“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice,” Paxton said in a statement.
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