Deceptive text message smear on GOP gubernatorial candidate floods Virginia voters’ phones

An anonymous text message flooded voters’ phones last week in an attempt to deceptively smear Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder in Virginia, less than two months before the state’s nominating convention convenes.

The message reportedly featured quotes from Snyder that were taken out of context and framed to make it look like he was praising President Biden. Those edited quotes were from a 2012 Fox News video and the actual segment with Snyder speaking clearly indicates that he was roundly condemning Biden and then-President Obama for policies concerning the middle class during the first Obama administration.

A registered GOP voter in Virginia provided Breitbart News with a screenshot of the text message sent to phones on Friday which stated: “VA politician Pete Snyder praises liberal Joe Biden as someone who tells the truth, calls Biden the Truth-Teller-In-Chief.” The reader is then directed to a YouTube clip that cuts Snyder off after 20 seconds, deliberately taking his comments out-of-context.

At the time of the Fox News video, Snyder was the chair of the Republican group Virginia Victory. In the clip, he mocked Biden after he made a gaffe during one of his speeches. The future president seemed to admit that the administration’s policies were hurting the middle class.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

“This is deadly earnest,” then-Vice President Biden stated at the time. “How they can justify — how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years. How in the Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”

Dozens of activists reportedly informed Snyder’s campaign of the politically-motivated text message after receiving it last week. It is unknown who sent the message or who is behind the efforts to smear him. Snyder is a major contender in the race for governor in Virginia and his campaign indicated that the teachers’ unions or Democrats may be behind the smear.

“These dishonest attacks underscore how afraid Democrats and teachers’ unions are of Pete’s campaign for governor. In a desperate and amateurish stunt, they’re willing to manipulate videos to try to portray him saying the exact opposite of what he actually said,” Snyder campaign spokeswoman Lenze Morris told Breitbart.

Snyder himself responded to BPR: “The teachers union and radical Democrats have committed to doing whatever it takes to stop our campaign, because they fear losing their grip on power in November. Virginians from across the Commonwealth know our conservative outsider message is resonating and it is what is needed to beat the Democrats and win in November.”

“The bottom line: these false attacks from Pete’s opponents, teachers’ unions, and Democrats are getting more and more desperate because, as they have openly admitted, Pete is the one candidate they fear most in November,” Morris said.

In another tweet, Snyder pointed the finger directly at the teachers’ unions: “Teachers Unions spending $1 Million+ lamely trying to attack me. They are scared. And they should be. They know I’m going to break them + #OpenOurSchools. And they know I’m the ONLY ONE who can take down @TerryMcAuliffe + WIN in November.”

The polls are showing that Snyder’s top Republican opponents are former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin, former state Sen. Amanda Chase, and former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox. The state convention that will determine the party’s candidate will take place on May 8.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be the Democrat candidate to beat. With current Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam’s term expiring this year, McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally, is seen as the frontrunner.

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