Political dirty tricksters are trying to pull a rabbit out of their hats as things are looking grim for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s high-stakes gubernatorial election.
With polls indicating that Republican Glenn Youngkin could spring an upset against the former governor and longtime Clinton crony, it’s desperation time and what appeared to many as an election-eve hoax to play on the racially charged themes that are the Democratic Party’s bread and butter raised eyebrows.
In what has all of the appearances of another political operation, an image of a person wearing a cowboy hat and a jean jacket bearing the Confederate flag was promoted by the usual array of grifters on social media in an attempt to portray Youngkin and his supporters as racists.
The picture was taken during Youngkin’s final rally before voters go to the polls where the candidate spoke to an energized crowd in Loudoun County as he attempted to close the deal with those who are dissatisfied with the direction that the state has taken under Democrat control.
NBC News’ Gary Grumbach was one of at least three reporters to get the shot:
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — pic.twitter.com/3pdnUHyQtT
— Gary Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) November 2, 2021
The images drew immediate criticism from those who suspected that it was staged and they took to Twitter to react, with many believing that it is the work of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project which is firmly behind McAuliffe.
Oh you’re a journalist and you happened to be standing right behind a Lincoln Project member out of the thousands of people at rhe Youngkin rally? What are the chances? 😂
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 2, 2021
What are the odds you’d both be standing right behind this totally real person! https://t.co/AWtxr2XjYg
— Allan (@AllanRicharz) November 2, 2021
It’s cute how you set yourself up right behind the Lincoln Project cosplay squad, took that photo so no one could ID their faces, and told yourself nobody would figure out what you were doing. https://t.co/qyrKfvIeB9
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 2, 2021
3 different angles from 3 different journalists, all conveniently standing behind a man with a newly-sewn confederate flag patch
Seems totally legit pic.twitter.com/8qdSM7SE7M
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) November 2, 2021
Some expressed suspicion that it was Rick Wilson, one of the disgraced group’s co-founders as well as a man who many regard as one of the sleaziest critters in the swamp.
I heard it was Rick Wilson. https://t.co/y3hjMAy8j8
— Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower) November 2, 2021
We know Rick Wilson knows where to find confederate apparel. pic.twitter.com/CF5aG1954q
— Scott Bridgeman (@Devils73) November 2, 2021
It's Rick Wilson, he bought the jacket and cooler on a 2-for-1
— Ese (@EseConActitud) November 2, 2021
Rick Wilson found a jacket to match his cooler. https://t.co/wXn8XqJsKk
— Chief Impact Officer BT (@back_ttys) November 2, 2021
That looks a lot like Rick Wilson’s cooler😂
— Illinois Tea Party Project (@IL4Liberty) November 2, 2021
The Lincoln Project’s efforts to smear Youngkin as a white nationalist include last week’s failed race hoax when a group carrying unlit tiki torches appeared in front of the Republican’s bus – a reference to the 2017 Charlottesville ‘Unite The Right” rally – but it failed miserably.
Speaking of white Dem scumbags who think they own racism discourse, the Lincoln Project – led by Rick Wilson, last seen frolicking on a boat with a cooler covered by the Confederate Flag – admits to staging the fake white nationalist rally in Virginia:https://t.co/P5yH4D1wB4
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 29, 2021
Youngkin has struck a nerve with voters by running against the toxic and divisive Critical Race Theory that has been introduced into classrooms by far-left educators as well as a Loudoun County school board’s coverup of a restroom rape by a transgender student which has outraged parents.
Rather than present a positive vision for Virginia, McAuliffe is sticking to playing the race card as he did again on Monday when, during his closing arguments, he claimed that the Commonwealth had too many white teachers.
McAuliffe's closing message: Va has too many white teachers
“50% of the students at Va. schools K-12, 50% are students of color & yet 80 percent of teachers are white. We all know what we have to do in a school to make everybody feel comfortable in school. So, let’s diversify" pic.twitter.com/TJC2beResW
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 1, 2021
Depending on the results once voters have had their say, McAuliffe and his allies will transition from dirty tricks and will almost certainly challenge the election results by mobilizing a cadre of high-powered lawyers to overturn a Youngkin victory.
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