Report: Freedomworks made fake Hillary Clinton-panda sex video

The Tea Party group reportedly enlisted two female interns to make the video

Topics: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Freedomworks, Tea Party, Dick Armey,

Report: Freedomworks made fake Hillary Clinton-panda sex video (Credit: rujithai via Shutterstock)

The Tea Party group Freedomworks reportedly used two female interns to make a video of a fake panda performing oral sex on a fake Hillary Clinton, initially planning to show it at a social conservative conference.

David Corn at Mother Jones reports:

In one segment of the film, according to a former official who saw it, [Adam Brandon, executive vice president of the group] is seen waking from a nap at his desk. In what appears to be a dream or a nightmare, he wanders down a hallway and spots a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently performing oral sex on the then-secretary of state. Two female interns at FreedomWorks were recruited to play the panda and Clinton. One intern wore a Hillary Clinton mask. The other wore a giant panda suit that FreedomWorks had used at protests to denounce progressives as panderers. (See herehere, and here.) Placing the panda in the video, a former FreedomWorks staffer says, was “an inside joke.”

Another FreedomWorks staffer who worked there at the time confirms that ”Yes, this video was created.”

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The video was intended to be screened at FreePAC, a FreedomWorks conference in July, 2012, but the plan was scrapped after the appalled reaction from other staffers.

Dick Armey, who split from the group in December after attempting a “coup,” says that he heard about the video a few months later, according to Mother Jones. ”I asked another [FreedomWorks] guy if he had seen it,” Armey said. “He said, ‘I heard about it. I was traveling at the time. It was shown around the office.’” He added: “There was a concern that this kind of behavior could land you in court. I was shocked at the ugly and bad taste.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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