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Lincoln Project takes credit for ‘white supremacist’ stunt at Youngkin campaign event

Anti-Trump Republican group Lincoln Project took credit for a white supremicist display protest at Glenn Youngkin’s campaign event.

At a campaign event for Virginia gubernatorial candidate for Republican Glenn Youngkin, a group of people stood in front of his campaign bus wearing white dress shirts and tiki torches. The group has been revealed to be Lincoln Project members. The group said they wanted to remind voters of the “Unite the Right’ in 2017 where white supremacists joined together in Charlottesville holding tiki torches.

On Friday, in one of the final campaign events before election day, five people showed up to Youngkin’s event in a silent protest. The five were dressed in button-down white shirts tucked into tan dress pants, dawning ball caps and holding tiki torches.

The display resembled the “Unite the  Right” event in 2017, when a crowd of predominantly white people showed up for a rally that turned violent and has since been called a white supremicist event. Former President Donald Trump notoriously said, there were “very fine people on both sides,” sparking outrage and pinning him as a white supremicist, or at the very least a sympathizer with them.

In the statement, condemned Trump and Youngkin’s association with him. It included their admission that they were behind ads and demonstrations that pushed back against Youngkin. “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.’ We will continue to draw this contrast in broadcast videos, on our social media platforms, and at Youngkin rallies. 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.”

There has been a lot of debate over who caused the demonstration on Friday. Democrats and Republicans blamed each other, before The Lincoln Project took credit. Some conservatives are still saying that the stunt was pulled by Democrats and the Lincoln Project agreed to take the blame since they’re not fans of Youngkin.

Social media users reportedly discovered that several of the members of the protest were with the Virginia Democrats. One of Youngkin’s staff members also made this claim, saying they were associated with his opponent’s campaign, which has been refuted by McAuliffe. If the nonprofit had coordinated with McAuliffe’s campaign, this would be a major campaign violation, regardless of the political divide.

The election will be on Tuesday, November 2. Youngkin and McAuliffe have been close throughout the campaign with reports that Youngkin has pulled ahead in the last week of the campaign.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: KSBY

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