Last Updated on February 23, 2023
Rightwing investigative group Project Veritas has faced extreme amounts of pushback for its board’s decision to oust James O’Keefe from the company.
Project Veritas’ Twitter account had over 300,000 Twitter users unfollow it in the days after news broke the company would be removing its founder, James O’Keefe, from his CEO role.
On Feb. 20, when the O’Keefe removal occurred, just under 192,000 Twitter users unfollowed the undercover investigative group. In the next 48 hours, over 100,000 more supporters unfollowed the group’s Twitter.
Multiple right-wing influencers tweeted out messages reaffirming that they stand with James O’Keefe over Project Veritas.
James O'Keefe now has more followers than Project Veritas on Twitter.
Keep it going!
We stand with James.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) February 21, 2023
James O'Keefe out at Project Veritas. We must stand with James!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 20, 2023
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) February 20, 2023
O’Keefe founded the company in 2011 and first began operating it out of his parent’s garage. His sudden removal from the company comes weeks after Veritas released a bombshell exposé on a Pfizer executive naysaying the COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy.
Project Veritas’s Pfizer report sparked a buzz all across Twitter and led Pfizer employees into an internal frenzy.
Big Tech giant Youtube sent out a memo that ordered employees to censor parts of the video.
The reasoning behind O’Keefe’s removal is unclear. On Feb. 20, O’Keefe posted a video to Twitter claiming he was removed by the board. “I have no position here based upon what the board has done. So, I’m announcing to you all that today, on Presidents Day, I’m packing up my personal belongings,” O’Keefe said.
Since it’s already out there, here are my heartfelt remarks to my staff this morning.
I need to make clear I have not resigned from the company, Project Veritas, I founded 13 years ago. I was stripped of my position as CEO and Chairman.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 21, 2023
That same day, the board cited O’Keefe’s removal to be the result of financial malfeasance where O’Keefe “spent an excessive amount of donor funds in the last three years on personal luxuries.”
The board claimed they “made numerous attempts in the last 14 days to have a conversation with James, but he ignored our outreach and decided to instead leak private information to others, either by doing so himself or by proxy.”
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.