Lincoln Project claims credit for ‘white supremacists’ at Youngkin rally



An aide for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on Friday appeared to accuse Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe’s team of dressing Youngkin supporters up as tiki torch-carrying white nationalists in a bid to link him to racism.

“Terry McAuliffe’s campaign has been the dirtiest, nastiest, most dishonest campaign in Virginia history. This morning they’re closing out his career by going even lower,” Youngkin campaign communications director Matt Wolking said in a tweet.

His heated comments came after apparently false allegations emerged on Twitter that a local group of Democrats had posed as white supremacists next to a Youngkin campaign bus Friday while holding tiki torches — a nod to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

“We’re all in for Glenn,” members of the group said, according to an NBC 29 reporter.

A rep for McAuliffe quickly denied staging the racially charged hoax while accusing Youngkin of having white nationalist ties — just days before voters in the state go to the polls.

“This was not us or anyone affiliated with our campaign,” McAuliffe spokesman Renzo Olivari responded in a tweet. “There is one candidate in this race who has embraced white nationalists — and his name is Glenn Youngkin.”

They said the campaign had not identified anyone involved in the stunt, which the political action committee The Lincoln Project later claimed responsibility for it.

Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus in 2017.
White supremacists seen with tiki torches the night before the “Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.
A small group of demonstrators dressed as "Unite the Right" rally-goers with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk as Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A small group of demonstrators dressed as “Unite the Right” rallygoers with tiki torches outside the bus of Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Charlottesville.
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“Today’s demonstration was our way of reminding Virginia voters of 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.

The anti-Trump group slammed Youngkin for refusing to denounce the former president’s statement that there were “very file people on both sides” of the rally in Charolettesville, where one person died 35 were injured.

FILE - In this  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to present the Commander in Chief trophy to the U.S. Military Academy football team in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
The Lincoln Project said that Youngkin is former President “Donald Trump’s candidate.”
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s team denied the allegations they sent the people with the tiki torches.
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“Glenn Youngkin wants Virginians to forget that he is Donald Trump’s candidate,” the Lincoln Project  statement declares.

In August 2017, Jason Kessler, an organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally, carried a Tiki torch while marching on the grounds of University of Virginia.


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