FreedomWorks Executive VP Adam Brandon is in hot water over a fake Hillary Clinton sex tape.
The Tea Party group FreedomWorks apparently has enough time and money on their hands that someone thought it would be a good idea to make a fake Hillary Clinton sex tape and show it to a group of social conservatives.
Mother Jones reports that Executive Vice President of FreedomWorks Adam Brandon oversaw and starred in a short movie in which he awakes from a dream, walks down a hallway, and stumbles on a panda performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton (presumably inspired by this incredibly creepy scene from The Shining).
That last sentence is the height of weirdness in this story, but not the height of poor judgement. In addition to Brandon, FreedomWorks' second-in-command after President Matt Kibbe, the film starred two female interns wearing masks (a Hillary mask and a panda mask). The panda is a recurring character in FreedomWorks productions: it has shown up at protests to make the "stop pandering to ___" pun. Oh, and who was this movie intended for? FreePAC, a huge Tea Party conference, where thousands of Christian Conservatives would be in attendance. From the Mother Jones article:
"How was that not some form of sexual harassment?" a former FreedomWorks official asks, noting that two female interns had been requested to act out a pretend sex scene. "And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment."
Brandon, a former FreedomWorks official says, defended the film, insisting it was creative and funny. But eventually a decision was made not to show the video at FreePAC.
Nice use of the passive voice in that last sentence: "a decision was made," with no reference to who or why.
"My mouth was wide open," a former official recalls. "'What the hell is this?'" Several FreedomWorks staffers were outraged and stunned that Brandon, the group's second-in-command after Kibbe, had overseen the video's production, appeared in it, and intended to show this film at the conference, which would be attended by many social-conservative activists.
The article goes on to detail a culture in FreedomWorks that can be hostile to women, and the increasing questioning of judgement of Kibbe and Brandon. Kibbe has been accused of using FreedomWorks' resources to promote his own book. An internal investigation is being conducted.
The ongoing internal investigation, one former staffer notes, could end badly for FreedomWorks, which for years has been a powerhouse organization of the right. "I think the whole thing will implode," this person says, "and it will be destroyed out of mismanagement and hubris."