A PBS staff attorney was caught on video calling for children of Republicans to be put in “reeducation camps” as retribution against supporters of President Trump.
“We go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away. … We’ll put them into the reeducation camps,” principal counsel for the Public Broadcasting Service Michael Beller said, according to Project Veritas, which published the video on Tuesday.
BREAKING: Project Veritas tapes show @PBS Principal Counsel Michael Beller advocating for political violence.— Ivan Pentchoukov (@IvanPentchoukov) January 12, 2021
“Go to the White House & throw Molotov cocktails…”
“Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, Homeland Security will take their children away…” pic.twitter.com/JMGo88BDwV
“They’re nice,” Beller said. “They have Sesame Street characters in the classrooms, and they watch PBS all day.”
“Kids who are growing up, knowing nothing but Trump for four years, you’ve got to wonder what they’re going to be like. They’ll be raising a generation of intolerant, horrible people — horrible kids,” Beller added.
Beller also called for people to “go to the White House and throw Molotov cocktails” in the event President-elect Joe Biden didn’t win the election in November.
He also expressed joy that the coronavirus was spreading in states where the president saw high approval, saying people won’t go to the polls to vote for Trump.
“What’s great is that COVID is spiking in all the red states right now. So that’s great. Because either those people won’t come out to vote for Trump, you know the red states, or a lot of them are sick and dying,” Beller said. “Americans are so f—ing dumb. You know, most people are dumb.”
PBS confirmed to the Washington Examiner later Tuesday that Beller no longer works for the organization.
“This employee no longer works for PBS. As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions. There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions. We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have done for 50 years – use our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together,” a PBS spokesperson said.