Across the political spectrum, condemnation of the Lincoln Project “coup” in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) – White shirts, khaki pants and tiki torches – the five people standing near a campaign event for Glenn Youngkin on October 29 were dressed in the recognizable white supremacist uniform.
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 coup, according to a PAC press release claiming responsibility, was to draw attention to “Glenn Youngkin’s continued failure to speak out against Donald Trump’s ‘very good people on both sides.’
The statement refers to Trump’s equivocal statement about white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville on August 11-12, 2017 for the “Unite the Right” rally. This weekend, neo-Nazi James Fields drove a car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
Friday’s stunt drew condemnation from all corners of Virginia politics.
“I don’t care who claims responsibility,” Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin said in a statement. âIt was done by the Democrats. And it’s absolutely beyond the pallor in Virginia.
Youngkin also linked the coup to McAuliffe’s campaign, claiming that he “stands at the feet of Terry’McAuliffe” and that he took an “heinous” event and turned it into a “campaign stunt”.
In an email to 8News, Ryan Wiggins, director of communications for the Lincoln Project, claimed that the PAC had “not coordinated with the [McAuliffe] campaign or the State Party.
While the Lincoln Project spent nearly $ 300,000 on advertisements 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, Terry McAuliffe’s campaign manager, called the event “distasteful and disgusting”, urging “those involved” to apologize.
On Twitter, a representative of the Virginia Democratic Party said the state party played no part 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 glaring, as the trial of “Unite the Right” organizers began a few miles away. the.
Glenn Youngkin’s running mate Winsome Sears called the event “despicable.”