Lincoln Project revealed recently that they were behind a campaign to link GOP Virginia candidate Glenn Youngkin, to racism at one of his rallies. A reporter tweeted a photo of five people wearing white shirts and khakis, while holding a tiki torch in front of Youngkin’s campaign bus. These outfits were very similar to the ones worn by the attendees at the 2018 United the Right rally, Charlottesville, Va.
Youngkin’s campaign was quick to point out the imposters, and there were rumors online about who could have been involved. Terry McAuliffe, his Dem rival, was accused of being behind the posers. The McAuliffe campaign refuted this accusation. The Lincoln Project later claimed credit for the performance and attempted to explain why.
The Lincoln Project explained that the demonstration was meant to “remind” Virginians of what occurred in Charlottesville four years ago. Glenn Youngkin’s failure to condemn the Republican Party’s values was a part of the group’s argument.
They explained how they wanted to run ads highlighting the “hate unleashed in Charlottesville” and Youngkin’s failures to denounce Trump’s comment about “very fine people from both sides”. However, the mainstream media have edited and removed this comment from the context numerous times.
McAuliffe’s campaign released a statement stating that Charlottesville was “disgusting” and “distasteful”, and that it is something that McAuliffe condemns in the strongest terms. They also said that the McAuliffe campaign condemned Charlottesville’s actions and demanded an immediate apology from those responsible.
Donald Trump Jr. believes that the Lincoln Project’s confession of guilt is false and they are trying to make a profit for McAuliffe. He stated that there was no possibility that the Lincoln Project staged a rally of white supremacists and that all the VA dem operatives involved were already identified and blocked from social media.
Youngkin’s condemnation for McAuliffe still stands. The latest polls show McAuliffe only one point ahead of Youngkin among likely voters, 49% vs 48%.
McAuliffe was leading in all polls up to a few weeks back until McAuliffe declared that he does not believe parents should tell schools what they need. Recent polls show that education is now a top issue for Virginia voters. Tuesday, November 2nd is the Virginia election.