Political operatives holding tiki torches – symbols intended to recall the 2017 white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally – impersonated supporters of Youngkin as the GOP candidate made a stop in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Group with Tiki torches stand by Youngkin campaign bus during Charlottesville event
— Dr. Jeff Rabinowitz (VoteBlueIn22) (@rxjef77) October 29, 2021
The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump political committee action, and liberal activist Lauren Windsor claimed responsibility for the political stunt within hours.
- “Today’s demonstration was our way of reminding Virginians what happened in Charlottesville four years ago, the Republican Party’s embrace of those values, and Glenn Youngkin’s failure to condemn it,” the Lincoln Project said in a statement.
- McAuliffe’s campaign denied any involvement.
WHO FELL FOR IT
Although the stunt was quickly clocked by conservative Twitter commentators, members of the media, McAuliffe staffers and other Democrats initially appeared to be fooled and later had to delete embarrassing tweets:
MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner urged fellow Virginians to protest the “blatant display of racism, hatred and intolerance” by voting Democrat in the governor’s race.
deleted, but the List comes for all, @glennkirschner2.
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 29, 2021
The Jewish Democratic Council of America highlighted the incident as proof that Youngkin supports “antisemitism and hatred.”
Multiple members of McAuliffe’s campaign staff seized on the stunt, leading conservatives to question their purported non-involvement.
Never forget how staffers on Terry McAuliffe’s campaign immediately spread this psy op, saying it’s “disqualifying” and that “this is who Glenn Youngkin’s supporters are” pic.twitter.com/vmLb6S85l9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 29, 2021
Youngkin has surged to a late lead in the polls ahead of Election Day Tuesday — reflecting a growing pro-GOP, or anti-Democrat, sentiment nationwide.
On the issues that voters care about most, Republicans have a commanding lead.
Just look at this graphic. pic.twitter.com/Pjm0XoikgX
— Michael McAdams (@M_McAdams) October 31, 2021