Lincoln Project admits to planting fake 'Unite the Right' members at Youngkin rally

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  69 comments

By:   By Breck Dumas

Lincoln Project admits to planting fake 'Unite the Right' members at Youngkin rally
The stunt was aimed at linking Youngkin to racists

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The disgraced Lincoln Project has admitted it was behind a  stunt  aimed at falsely linking Virginia  Republican  gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin to racists at one of his campaign stops on Friday.

A reporter for NBC 29 tweeted a picture Friday morning showing five people dressed in white shirts and khakis while holding tiki torches, standing in front of Youngkin's campaign bus. The group's outfits were similar to those worn by some attendees of the 2018 "United the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., where multiple white supremacist groups protested and one person was killed.

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These men approached Glenn Youngkin's  bus as it pulled up saying what sounded like, “We’re all in for Glenn.” Here they are standing in front of the bus as his campaign event at Guadalajara started.

The Youngkin campaign was quick to call out the purported "Unite the Right" group as imposters, and rumors swirled all day on social media about who might have been behind planting the individuals at the event.

Youngkin's campaign accused  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 left the party over their hatred for former President Donald Trump – took credit for the stunt and explained their reasoning behind it.

"Today’s demonstration was our way of reminding Virginians 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 press release.

"The Lincoln Project has run advertisements highlighting the hate unleashed in Charlottesville as well as Glenn Youngkin’s continued failure to denounce Donald Trump’s ‘very fine people on both sides,'" the group said. "We will continue to draw this contrast in broadcast videos, on our social media platforms, and at Youngkin rallies."

The McAuliffe campaign issued 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 voicing suspicion that the Lincoln Project's confession is false.
In brief comments to Fox News after the Lincoln Project's apparent confession, Youngkin said his condemnation of McAuliffe for the incident still stands. 
The Virginia governor's race is still a toss-up, with the latest Washington Post-Schar School poll showing McAuliffe just one point ahead of Youngkin with likely voters, 49% to 48%.

McAuliffe had led in every poll up until a few weeks ago, when some  polls  started rolling in showing Youngkin as the favorite. That was after McAuliffe declared, "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they need to teach."

The Washington Post-Schar School poll released Friday also shows education has jumped to the top issue for voters in the commonwealth of  Virginia , and education voters favor Youngkin by 9%.

The  election  is Tuesday, Nov. 2.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

That kind of dirty tricks should be a criminal offense.

The problem with fanatics is that they think their cause is noble and that justifies a means to an end.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
That kind of dirty tricks should be a criminal offense.

Many are, many are charged, and many are pardoned by the outgoing Administration.

Stone, Bannon, Manafort, D'nesh, Liberty

The problem with fanatics is that they think their cause is noble and that justifies a means to an end

Ironic given the daily evidence here.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    one month ago

it's hilarious watching GOPers fuck each other over. that's why I'm looking forward to campaign 2022.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @1.1.1    one month ago

Are we going to pretend that the Lincoln Project is anything but what it is?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    one month ago
Many are, many are charged, and many are pardoned by the outgoing Administration.

Not any of those you listed.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.2    one month ago
Are we going to pretend that the Lincoln Project is anything but what it is?

all that's left of the sane portion of the GOP? that shrinking portion of the GOP that aren't fucking racists, trump cult members, and bible thumping dipshits?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.5  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @1.1.4    one month ago

Try MOSTLY DEMOCRATS!

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.6  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.5    one month ago

election 2022, the year of split ticket GOP defeats, brought to you by trump's big lie.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @1.1.6    one month ago

Brought to you by Marc Elias and Mark Zuckerberg and millions of mail-in-ballots and radical poll volunteers!

Oh, and btw, McAuliffe tried to hire Elias to contest an election that hasn't even taken place yet. That violates the agreement he had with Youngkin. I wonder why he would seek an attorney with such a sordid past and whose law partner was recently indicted by John Durham?

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1.8  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.7    one month ago

Remember indictments?

Ham sandwiches.

A reputation has rarely been ruined by an association with a ham sandwich.

Still waiting for Durham to justify his existence.

Just another Federal reach around.

Back to the original comment.

Since Stone and Manafort were part of the original dirty tricks team with Lee Atwater

with team Nixon and later team Trump (minus the deceased Atwater)

the GoP will never allow "dirty tricks" to be criminalized.

There's simply no upside for the team that normalized it all.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.9  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.8    one month ago
Ham sandwiches.

Only if they are Trump supporters.


Still waiting for Durham to justify his existence.

You'd be saying that if he indicted 4,000 FBI lawyers.


the GoP will never allow "dirty tricks" to be criminalized.

As we can all see, you have it backwards and the latest democrat dirty trick is the deep state warning of an ISIS attack in Virginia 2 days before in-person-voting.  

How stupid do you think everyone is?

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1.10  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.9    one month ago
How stupid do you think everyone is?

It would be a CoC for me to answer that, lol.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.11  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.10    one month ago

How about skirting the code?

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1.12  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.11    one month ago

An honest question deserves an honest answer don't you think?

Skirting is not adequate.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
That kind of dirty tricks should be a criminal offense.

I don't see much difference between this performance and anti-choice activists outside clinics with big pictures of 28 week old babies being in the womb as if that's what most clinics are aborting every day. The Lincoln project is rightly showing the connection between those torch carrying white nationalists, white supremacists and Nazi's chanting "Jews will not replace us!" and the Republican party that welcomes them and their vote.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.2.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.2    one month ago
don't see much difference between this performance and anti-choice activists outside clinics with big pictures of 28 week old babie

Lol  Brave of you to admit that publicly. 

he Lincoln project is rightly showing the connection between those torch carrying white nationalist

There's such a connection they had to fake it. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago

Two of the five 'white supremacists' appear to be a black guy and a woman. That pretty much indicates it is a prank. 

800

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3    one month ago

So why did so many Democrats fall for it? Why were mcaullife staffers pushing it as a real story?

it wasn’t until the actors were identified as employees of Virginia Democrats that it was suddenly a “prank”

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.3.1    one month ago

Dont know anything about it and couldnt care less. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3    one month ago

They were actors and it was a hoax to smear Youngkin as a racist.....

Just like we see on NT all the time!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.2    one month ago

Suddenly you lack interest.

Have a good day!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Pulling a Smollett is becoming SOP for the Democrats these days.   It shows how desperate they are that they have to sink this low.

Nice of Democrats  to inadvertently remind everyone that in actually systematic racist societies, you don't have to fake hate crimes. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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2.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    one month ago

I believe that the Lincoln Project is taking a false fall on this issue to help Mc Auliffe cover his campaign being the source of this.  

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1    one month ago

Considering mcauliffes  staff, including his social media director, was out in front pushing this,  it’d be if some coincidence if they weren’ t aware of it

 
 
 
Hallux
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3  Hallux    one month ago

A lot of thin skin out there ... surely you are not hyping satire as a criminal offense.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hallux @3    one month ago

Funny how many Democrats fell for that “satire”.

So many democratic idiots out there, huh?

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.1.1  Hallux  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1    one month ago

Far fewer than 'republicans' who fell for the "big lie".

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hallux @3.1.1    one month ago
Far fewer than 'republicans' who fell for the "big lie"

I don't think many Republicans fell for McAuliffe's big lie that the 2000 election was stolen. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1.3  Ronin2  replied to  Hallux @3.1.1    one month ago

Deny, deny, deny, all the lefties do is watch the US they are destroying fry.

Funny how the left will never let Trump die; because then they would have to answer the man they inserted in the White House that is a living lie.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @3    one month ago

Is that going to be the spin for this dirty filthy smear tactic.....that it was satire?



 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2    one month ago

I think this prank is counter productive and so I would not have approved it. 

HOWEVER, Glenn Youngkin has gone around Virginia saying "critical race theory" "critical race theory""critical race theory", and that is a "dirty filthy smear tactic" as well. 

They say now that "critical race theory" is the number one issue in the election for governor of Virginia. That is absurd on its face. Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools and it is completely dishonest, or ignorant, of Youngkin to say that it is. 

Given Youngkin's dishonesty, why shouldnt the political opposition prank him on the topic of racism? 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    one month ago

It wasn't Youngkin who said that parents shouldn't have a say on what their kids are taught.

It wasn't Youngkin who got the DOJ and the federal government involved in monitoring school board meetings.

It wasn't Youngkin who made it possible for two girls to be raped in school restrooms.


No, John, I think it was that ideology of the left's that got us here.

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.2.3  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2    one month ago

At this point I'm considering "dirty filthy smear tactic" as satire and especially within a blindly partisan society where 'parents' flock to school board meetings to browbeat members and teachers with nazi salutes. This is nothing but crocodile tears ... Hell, Tucker will probably shed another fake tear and rant it into 'Critical Replacement Theory'.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2.4  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.2    one month ago

You are evidently incapable of responding directly to points that are made to you. Rapes in school bathrooms are even less connected to "critical race theory" than what is being taught in the classrooms is.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.2.5  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    one month ago

Which makes it exceedingly strange that the arrest of a father who was protesting the coverup of the bathroom rapist was used to justify calling crt protesters domestic terrorists.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @3.2.3    one month ago
browbeat members and teachers with nazi salutes.

When one acts like a Nazi official they should be saluted as such.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.2.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    one month ago
Rapes in school bathrooms are even less connected to "critical race theory" than what is being taught in the classrooms is.

But they are connected to the transgender policy the school board forced on parents againt their will, just like CRT is being pushed.

Btw the two rapes were covered up. Something that recent local democrats enabled.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3.2.8  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.6    one month ago

There has been more than one occasion when the salute was used at a Trump rally, so you are admitting that Trump was acting like a Nazi official.

 
 
 
Gazoo
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3.2.9  Gazoo  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    one month ago

Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools and it is completely dishonest, or ignorant, of Youngkin to say that it is.”

then why is critical race theory on the virginia department of efucation website?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.10  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.2.8    one month ago

If there was, we now know who they were!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.11  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Gazoo @3.2.9    one month ago
then why is critical race theory on the virginia department of efucation website?

You'll not that there is no response.

 
 
 
Gazoo
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3.2.12  Gazoo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.11    one month ago

It’s probably too much of an inconvenience for a response. It’s not youngkin being dishonest, or ignorant, it’s mcauliffe. That lying bastard knew about it in 2015. I thought lying was bad bad bad?  Here is a link to an article on the subject if anyone is interested.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.13  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Gazoo @3.2.12    one month ago

That's the definitive article that nobody here can escape from.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    one month ago
Donald Trump Jr. is among those voicing suspicion that the Lincoln Project's confession is false.

Whatever Donald Trump Jr says just go with the opposite and you're probably on the right track. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one month ago

That's how we got clueless Joe Biden

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5  JohnRussell    one month ago

Maybe Trump will say there were really fine people on both sides of this prank. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5    one month ago

It's too bad you aren't Smollett's lawyer.  He should have ran with the "it was just a prank" line. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1    one month ago

Dont care about Smolett either. 

What I would say about this prank at the Youngkin rally is that it seems that no one was trying to hide the fact that this was a prank.  It was a joke. 

I dont think it was a good idea, because these things get immediately blown out of proportion, but I dont see any intent to fool anyone. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1.1    one month ago
in rally is that it seems that no one was trying to hide the fact that this was a prank.  It was a joke.

If it was a joke, why did McAullife's communications person call it "disqualifying" for Youngkin? Why were so many local and national democrats pushing it as a real story until it was exposed? 

The problem with your claim is it runs into reality. 

 
 
 
Gazoo
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5.1.3  Gazoo  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1    one month ago

Smollett doesn’t need a lawyer, he has a corrupt, racist, city on his side.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @5    one month ago

You talk your way out of this one. You posted one of the Lincoln Project's smears yesterday.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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6  MrFrost    one month ago

It was done, (per the Lincoln Project), to prove the point that Youngkin refuses to denounce white supremacists.. Looks like it worked perfectly. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
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6.1  Split Personality  replied to  MrFrost @6    one month ago

You will never convince the '"faithful" of anything reasonable.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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6.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Split Personality @6.1    one month ago

I’ll say. Even the mcauliffe campaign (after initially promoting it as real) has denounced the stunt as “disgusting and distasteful.”

yet the zealots here defend it. No reasonable  person is surprised.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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6.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @6.1    one month ago

Oh ya, like talking your way out of this one.

 
 
 
Ender
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6.2  Ender  replied to  MrFrost @6    one month ago

Got several panties here in a twist.

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @6.2    one month ago

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charger 383
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7  charger 383    one month ago

I can't remember anything good McAullife did when he was Governor the first time 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
8  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Guess where Youngkin is now?

Perhaps even more interesting than the surprising crowd in a blue stranglehold is that Youngkin is choosing to campaign here in the closing weekend of a race.

This crowd in OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA was on FIRE this morning at 8 AM! The momentum is with us, Virginia!

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You suburban moms - DO YOU GET IT NOW?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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9  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

They may not be out of tricks,

here's the latest:

"Malls and shopping centers in northern Virginia saw increased security presence on Saturday amid a report of a heightened ISIS threat against those locations.

A "new law enforcement alert warned of a potential threat against malls and shopping centers located just outside of Washington, D.C.," CBS News   reported on Saturday.   The threat allegedly "originated with ISIS."

Enhanced security measures for malls are set to remain in place over the Halloween weekend and could remain in place through Tuesday's gubernatorial election. 

"It's just our responsibility to have a greater presence, to be more aware and to ask the community to have their eyes and ears peeled for suspicious activities," Fairfax County Chief of Police Kevin Davis told CBS News."


Hmmmm. Is this going to suppress in-person voting in VA?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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10  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

To be filed under "out of the mouths of babes" :

Kamala Harris: "Elections matter. If Virginia hadn't turned out in 2020 I wouldn't be standing here. Elections matter."

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Yup, that's something to dwell on!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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11  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Still waiting for Twitter to label it "misinformation"

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Should I count the minutes?

 
 
 
devangelical
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11.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @11    one month ago
Should I count the minutes?

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evilgenius
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12  evilgenius    one month ago

Why does the Lincoln Project trigger those further to the right? Oh yeah.. it calls out their hypocrisy and that infuriates them.

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
13  squiggy    4 weeks ago

Consequences have elections.

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
13.1  squiggy  replied to  squiggy @13    4 weeks ago

... don't want to miss the headline..

Glenn Youngkin surge over Terry McAuliffe in Virginia gov race fuels Dem desperation

 
 
 
Split Personality
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13.1.1  Split Personality  replied to  squiggy @13.1    4 weeks ago

I think with the exception of 2013  the Virginia Governorship has always gone to the party that lost the WH.

Odds and history are on Youngkins side.

It will only be an "upset" if Mcauliffe wins

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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13.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Split Personality @13.1.1    4 weeks ago

McAuliffe has a fairly long lasting national reputation as a hack.  I am surprised Virginia Democrats nominated him but maybe he had some "iou's" he called in. 

It seems it will come down to turnout, I guess there are significantly more registered Democrats than Republicans. 

I disagree with calling this race a bellweather  for the rest of the country but once the media puts that label on an election that is it. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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13.1.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  Split Personality @13.1.1    4 weeks ago
It will only be an "upset" if Mcauliffe wins

Lol.. The excuses have started early. Virginia is a plus 10 Democratic State. It's like claiming an upset if  a Republican won South Carolina. 

 
 
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