The Lincoln Project sent a group posing as white supremacists with tiki torches to a GOP campaign event in Virginia ahead of the state governorate election
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People carrying tiki torches set down by Glenn Youngkin’s bus in Charlottesville, Va. On Friday.
The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group, later admitted to being behind the stunt.
They said it was to remind Virginians of the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ white supremacist rally.
A group of people wearing tiki torches showed up at an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday, posing in front of his tour bus.
It turns out they were sent by the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group.
The tiki torches were a nod to the 2017 “Unite the Right rally” in Charlottesville, when white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched with tiki torches in hand, along with some chants. “The Jews will not replace us.”
The coup came the same week that a civil lawsuit began against rally organizers and days before Virginia’s gubernatorial election on November 2.
Local NBC reporter Elizabeth Holmes shared a photo of the group on Twitter, saying they said something that sounded like, “We’re all for Glenn.”
Internet users quickly began to suspect that there was something strange about this, and Youngkin’s campaign even accused his opponent, Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, to be behind the stunt.
Vice News identified one of the people in the photo as a “low-level Democratic agent” and said the Lincoln Project admitted he was responsible for the stunt.
“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 conservative group said in a statement.
The statement also said that if Youngkin “will denounce Trump’s claim that the Charlottesville rioters had” very fine “qualities, we will remove the tiki torches. Until then, we will be back.”
It was a reference to the words of former President Donald Trump that there were “very good people” on “both sides” at the 2017 rally, in which Heather Heyer was killed when an avowed neo-Nazi drove her car into a group of people.
McAuliffe’s campaign doomed the stunt on Friday night.
“What happened today in Charlottesville is disgusting and distasteful and the McAuliffe campaign condemns it in the strongest terms. Those involved should immediately apologize,” said Chris Bolling, Terry for Virginia campaign manager , in a press release. Tweeter.
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