LAS VEGAS — Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook denied that Democratic operatives who admitted to coordinating incitements of violence at Donald Trump campaign rallies ever worked for the former secretary of state’s campaign.
“Look, we’ve condemned anybody inciting violence at all on this campaign or fomenting that sort of thing from either side. They shouldn’t be doing that. It’s unacceptable. They never worked for our campaign. So I can’t—you’d have to ask other people about that,” Mook said of Democracy Partners consultant Bob Creamer and Democratic operative Scott Foval.
Creamer, husband of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky and whose organization was assisting Clinton’s campaign, announced Tuesday he would be “stepping back” from the campaign after video released by activist James O’Keefe appeared to show he and other staffers hired individuals to go to Trump’s rallies and instigate violence.
Creamer was assisting the Democratic National Committee along with Clinton’s campaign while working for Democracy Partners.
“I am unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hilary Clinton, and defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming election,” Creamer said in his statement. “As a result I have indicated to the Democratic National Committee that I am stepping back from my responsibilities working with the campaign.”
Additionally, he said, “As a result, I have indicated to the Democratic National Committee that I am stepping back from my responsibilities working with the campaign,”saying that he was “fully integrated” in the Clinton campaign and that “contrary to the outrageous claims of the notorious right wing blogger James O’Keefe, we have always adhered to the highest standards of transparency and legality in our work for the DNC.”