Across the political spectrum condemnation of Lincoln Project ‘stunt’ in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — White shirts, khaki pants and tiki torches — the five people standing near a campaign event for Glenn Youngkin on Oct. 29 were dressed in recognizable white supremacist uniforms.
But they were not affiliated with any white supremacist organization.
They were sent to the rally by the Lincoln Project, a conservative political action committee (PAC) formed to oppose former President Donald Trump and support President Joe Biden’s campaign.
The purpose of the stunt, according to a PAC press release claiming responsibility, was to draw attention to “Glenn Youngkin’s continued failure to expose the ‘fine people on both sides’ of Donald Trump.”
The statement references Trump’s equivocal statement about white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville on August 11-12, 2017 for the “Unite the Right” rally. That weekend, neo-Nazi James Fields drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
Friday’s stunt was condemned in every corner of Virginia politics.
“I don’t care who claims responsibility,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin said in a statement. “It was done by the Democrats. And it’s absolutely beyond pale in Virginia.
Youngkin also linked the stunt to McAuliffe’s campaign, saying it “lies at the feet of Terry ‘McAuliffe” and that he took a “heinous” event and turned it into a “campaign stunt.”
In an email to 8News, Ryan Wiggins, communications director for the Lincoln Project, claimed the PAC had “failed to coordinate with the [McAuliffe] campaign or the state party.
While the Lincoln Project spent nearly $300,000 on ads supporting Terry McAuliffe’s campaign, VPAP reports that they made no direct contribution to McAuliffe. The law prohibits PACs from coordinating independent spending with campaigns.
Chris Bolling, campaign manager for Terry McAuliffe, called the event “disgusting and disgusting”, urging “those involved” to apologise.
On Twitter, a representative for the Virginia Democratic Party said the state party had no role in the stunt.
Molly Conger, a community activist who documents white supremacist activity in and around Charlottesville, said the timing of the stunt was particularly egregious, as the trial of ‘Unite the Right’ organizers began a few miles away. of the.
Glenn Youngkin’s running mate Winsome Sears called the event “despicable”.