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Lincoln Project admits planting fake ‘Unite the Right’ members at Youngkin rally

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Lincoln Project admits planting fake ‘Unite the Right’ members at Youngkin rally

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The disgraced Lincoln Project admitted it was behind a coup to falsely tie Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, to racists during one of his campaign shutdowns on Friday .

An NBC 29 reporter tweeted a photo Friday morning showing five people dressed in white shirts and khakis holding tiki torches, standing in front of Youngkin’s campaign bus. The group’s outfits were similar to those worn by some attendees at the 2018 “United the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where several white supremacist groups protested and one person was killed.

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The Youngkin campaign was quick to label the so-called “Unite the Right” group as impostors, and rumors circulated all day on social media about who might have been behind the planting of the individuals. during the event.

Youngkin’s campaign accused his Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe’s campaign of being behind the “Unite the Right” posers, which the McAuliffe camp denied. In the afternoon, the Lincoln Project – a group of former Republicans who quit the party because of their hatred for former President Donald Trump – took credit for the stunt and explained their reasoning.

“Today’s protest was our way of reminding Virginians of what happened in Charlottesville four years ago, the Republican Party’s adherence to these values ​​and Glenn Youngkin’s failure to condemn them,” the Lincoln Project said in a press release.

“The Lincoln Project ran advertisements highlighting the unleashed hatred in Charlottesville as well as Glenn Youngkin’s continued failure to speak out against Donald Trump’s ‘fine folks on both sides,'” the group said. “We will continue to draw this contrast in the videos released, on our social media platforms and at the Youngkin gatherings.”

Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at his campaign rally in Dumfries, Va. On October 21, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
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The McAuliffe campaign released a statement saying, “What happened today in Charlottesville is disgusting and distasteful and the McAuliffe campaign condemns it in the strongest terms. Those involved should immediately apologize.”

Donald Trump Jr. is among those who suspect the Lincoln Project’s confession is false.

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The Virginia governor’s race is always a snap, with the latest Washington Post-Schar School poll showing McAuliffe is just one point ahead of Youngkin with likely voters 49% to 48%.

Lincoln Project admits planting fake ‘Unite the Right’ members at Youngkin rally

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AMHERST, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 28: Virginia Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin delivers remarks at a campaign event in the parking lot of Vito’s Pizza Bar & amp; Grill on October 28, 2021 in Amherst, Virginia. Youngkin is on a campaign bus tour through the state of Virginia as he challenges Democratic candidate and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe in the state election which will be held in less than a week on November 2. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)
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McAuliffe led all polls until a few weeks ago, when some polls started showing Youngkin as the frontrunner. It was after McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.”

The Washington Post-Schar School poll released Friday also shows that education has become the number one issue for voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and education voters favor Youngkin by 9%.

The election is Tuesday, November 2.

Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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