CHICAGO (CBS) — Donald Trump made allegations Wednesday night during the final Presidential debate about what really happened with his cancelled Chicago rally.
Donald Trump charged Hillary Clinton’s campaign stirred up the near-riot that shut down his Chicago rally last March. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakely sorts through the allegations.
“They are on tape saying, be violent, cause fights, do bad things,” Trump stated.
Trump was referring to undercover tapes from conservative provocateur James O’Keefe. The video highlights consultant Robert Creamer.
“Whatever Trump and Pence are going to be,” Creamer said. “We have events and we have a whole team across the country that does that.”
Creamer is the husband of North Shore Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky, who in 2006 pled guilty to tax fraud, serving five months in federal prison.
Republican candidate for Congress, Joan McCarthy Lasonde is convinced Creamer was directly involved with the violence outside the Trump rally. She is Schakowsky’s Republican challenger.
“If she did not know about the illegal activities her husband was involved in, she should have known,” Lasonde said.
Creamer denies, in a statement, inciting violence, saying he only resigned because, “I am unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hillary Clinton.”
Instead, he said the tapes show his consulting firm was the target of a Watergate-style spy operation, with O’Keefe’s team using false identities and disguises to trick people into incriminating statements.
Congresswoman Schakowsky said, in a statement Thursday night defending her husband, O’Keefe “tried to lure democratic consultants into taking actions that were improper or illegal, but no one took the bait.”
In addition, sources close to the Clinton campaign told CBS 2, they believe it was Bernie Sanders’ operatives, not their supporters, who drove the confrontation with Trump backers in Chicago.