CHARLESTON, S.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Conservative watchdog group Project Veritas has released a new video showing a Bernie Sanders campaign staffer proposing the rich be guillotined should the Vermont senator take power and be elected president in November.
Released Tuesday, the undercover video captures paid Sanders staffer Martin Weissgerber saying: "I'll straight up get armed ... I'm ready for the "f**king revolution"; "Guillotine the rich"; "Send Republicans to re-education camps," adding, "Can you imagine [Republican Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell? [South Carolina Senator] Lindsey Graham [in the camps]?"
This is the second Sanders campaign staffer Project Veritas has exposed in the last week calling for violence against Sanders' political enemies.
BREAKING: 2ND PAID STAFFER PRAISES GULAGS— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 21, 2020
South Carolina @BernieSanders Field Organizer @martinthemanic: "I'll straight up get armed...I'm ready for the "f**king revolution"; "Guillotine the rich"; 'send Republicans to re-education camps'
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Weissgerber describes himself as a communist, revealing that he was radicalized by his parents at a very young age. The recordings of Weissgerber, combined with those released last week of Kyle Jurek, an Iowa field organizer for the Sanders campaign, are giving insight into the violent mindset of many Sanders' staffers.
"Weissgerber's comments were in line with the comments apparently made by fellow Sanders field organizer Kyle Jurek in the @PVeritas_Action video released last week, where Jurek called for reeducation camps for @realDonaldTrump supporters." https://t.co/oGUTONZtmm— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 21, 2020
Throughout the recorded conversation, Weissgerber expresses disdain for wealthy Americans and Republicans, suggesting they should be forced into hard labor, re-education camps or the guillotine: "Let's force them [billionaires] to build roads ... rebuild our roads, rebuild our dams, rebuild our bridges. Let's force them to do that," he said. "Well, the gulags were founded as re-education camps ... What will help is when we send all the Republicans to the ... camps."
Weissgerber says he studied Soviet history, singing its praises in the video: "I only learned this sh*t in college when I started studying the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was not horrible."
Historians, however, have reported that Joseph Stalin's communist regime killed 20 million people or more from 1930–1953. Stalin is reported to have executed millions. Others fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, massacres and detention and interrogation by his henchmen.
"In some cases, a quota was established for the number to be executed, the number to be arrested," said one historian. "Some officials overfulfilled as a way of showing their exuberance."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author, chronicled the horrors of Stalin's slave labor camps in the three-volume tome The Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Investigation. Based on his eight years in the Soviet gulag, Solzhenitsyn exposed the vast prison system, which enslaved and murdered millions who opposed the Soviet communist project. He dedicated the book "to all those who did not live to tell it."
Solzhenitsyn was transported to the gulag after he served as an artillery captain in, as he put it, "the criminally under-supplied" Red Army during World War II, in which he saw major action at the front and was twice decorated. Near the end of the war, he was arrested for criticizing Stalin in a letter and then sent to Lubyanka prison, sentenced in absentia for treason and sent to the gulag.
Martin Weissgerber, a Bernie Sanders field organizer, calls for a violent communist revolution while also appearing to live a lavish lifestyle around the world. https://t.co/kNmzEIJ9p0— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) January 21, 2020
Historians estimate Stalin is responsible for around 1.7 million deaths in the gulags alone, although numbers fail to portray the horror.
Weissgerber sang specific praises for the Soviet construction of the Belomorkanal also known as Stalin's canal:
They dug a canal; the plan was, in 1922, I think, to dig a canal from the White Sea all the way to St. Petersburg ... a long way, if you look on a map ... and, the whole point — it was going to be called the Belomorkanal, and I read — I spent a whole semester actually studying primary accounts from the Belomorkanal. The whole point of the Belomorkanal, there were no machines allowed. They forced the people to dig with shovels and hoe the whole canal, right?
One source pointed out that construction of the canal was carried out mostly by prisoners from the gulag, with the number of prisoners not exceeding 126,000 people at any one time. But that number does not represent "the same people as they were constantly changing because of the high mortality rate." During the total time to build the canal there were more than 250,000 people sent, of which 12,800 people were killed."
Referring to the prisoners who were "re-educated" during their time at the Belomorkanal, Weissgerber says: "There's this one guy, he was a thief from Georgia who had been captured. He was sent to the Belomorkanal to work and in his writing, like 'I reject all thievery, I reject that past life.' He said, 'Capitalism made me into this thief, because when there's poor people, there's going to be crime.'"
The staffer added, "The Soviet project, the communist project. It was a beautiful thing."
In 1932–33, Stalin and his bidders precipitated a famine so devastating that Ukrainian émigré writers coined a new word to describe its barbarity: "Holodomor," a combination of the Ukrainian words for hunger (holod) and extermination (mor).
Soviet officials forced Ukrainian peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. They evicted the kulaks, peasants with several acres of land, from their homes.
Kulaks were deemed "enemies of the people." Communist activists promoted murderous slogans: "We will exile the kulak by the thousand when necessary — shoot the kulak breed" and "Our class enemies must be wiped off the face of the earth."
In the process of the forced collectivization, historians claim 30,000 kulaks were killed directly, mostly shot on the spot. About 2 million were forcibly deported to camps in the Far North and Siberia.
The Ukraine, once called the breadbasket of Europe, was turned into a cemetery of the famished. Solzhenitsyn said the travesty went unnoticed: "Six million people" [Solzhenitsyn's number] died on "the very edge of Europe" and "Europe didn't even notice it. The world didn't even notice it."
Weissgerber can be heard saying in the video:
Leave it to the Soviets to make the most badass f*cking, most effective gun in the world ... AK  ... the destroyer of imperialism and colonization ... that's why I want to get it tattooed on me ... I'm ready to start tearing bricks up and start fighting ... I'll straight up get armed, I want to learn how to shoot and go train. I'm ready for the f*cking revolution, bro.
Looking to the form the U.S. government would take if Sanders were elected, Weissgerber ruminates in the video: "So, do we just cease — do we just dissolve the Senate, House of Representatives, the judicial branch, and have something Bernie Sanders and a cabinet of people make all decisions for the climate? I mean, I'm serious."