Did Democrat operatives pose as tiki-torch wielding white supremacists outside a campaign event for Republican upstart Glenn Youngkin in Virginia, this morning?
Sure looks like it.
NBC29 reporter Elizabeth Holmes just happened to be on the scene when the group of five individuals—which included a black male and a young woman—posed with tiki torches—wearing dark sunglasses in the pouring rain—in front of Youngkin’s campaign bus, apparently in homage to the white nationalist marchers at the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Youngkin is locked in a tight race against Clintonite Terry McAuliffe for the governorship of Virginia.
“We’re all in for Glenn,” the troop reportedly said, as Youngkin campaigned inside a restaurant in Charlottesville.
The group posed grimly as a cold, late October rain poured down on them—so determined they were to get this amazing photo op.
These men approached @GlennYoungkin’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.@NBC29 pic.twitter.com/l681ejyBjc
— Elizabeth Holmes (@holmes_reports) October 29, 2021
Almost immediately, Democrat operatives and McAuliffe Campaign aides retweeted Holmes’ tweet.
Notice that the only people interacting with this story are Democratic Political Operatives, all retweeted by Parkhomenko. pic.twitter.com/Dj4Ykc3ZC7
— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) October 29, 2021
This white supremacist in Virginia donated to Biden’s campaign 3 times last year pic.twitter.com/sEjS2gqYkH
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) October 29, 2021
“This is disgusting and disqualifying,” said McAuliffe Communications aide Jen Goodman:
This is disgusting and disqualifying. https://t.co/EJ9Fk7OeTE
— Jen Goodman (@jengoodman75) October 29, 2021
There's McAulliffe's spokesperson pretending those aren't Democrats she sent there. https://t.co/pvWOOXmfGX
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 29, 2021
Glenn Kirschner, legal analyst for NBC and MSNBC, put out a tweet denouncing the “blatant display of racism” by the alleged Youngkin supporters, then—oddly enough!—deleted it.
I noticed you deleted your original tweet with the false smear without any correction or apology. Don't worry. I saved it for you. pic.twitter.com/cYP5tVXR60
— AG (@AGHamilton29) October 29, 2021
Yes, it’s desperation time for Virginia Democrats now that two new polls show Youngkin now leading McAuliffe in the race.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 29, 2021
NEW WaPo/Schar School poll: McAuliffe 49, Youngkin 48.
"Youngkin is fueled by an 18-point advantage among independent likely voters, up from an eight-point advantage last month — a significant swing in a group that could determine the election’s outcome.”
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 29, 2021
With the race tightening, Democrats have been doubling down on their infernal strategy of labeling Youngkin as a racist.
Retweeting a race-baiting anti-Youngkin ad from the “Republican” Lincoln Project, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) opined that the only reason Youngkin doesn’t say openly racist things about black people is because it would be politically damaging, so he “codes it with ‘Critical Race Theory.'”
“There’s a word @GlennYoungkin would really like to say to talk about black people, but he knows he can’t, so he codes it with ‘Critical Race Theory.’ Don’t take my word, trust the honorable Republicans who made this ad and know how this ugly strategy works,” wrote Swalwell on Twitter, quote tweeting the Lincoln Project’s latest ad.
There’s a word @GlennYoungkin would really like to say to talk about black people, but he knows he can’t, so he codes it with “Critical Race Theory.” Don’t take my word, trust the honorable Republicans who made this ad and know how this ugly strategy works. https://t.co/J8Nqqriy0p
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) October 29, 2021
Daily Caller reporter Alec Sears did some internet sleuthing and discovered, much to everyone’s shock, that a couple of the tiki-torch-wielding miscreants bear an uncanny resemblance to some young Virginia Democrats, both of whom set their Twitter accounts to private after being outed.
Let's take a look at this gentleman. He bears a strong resemblance to one Camden Layton, otherwise known as the finance director for @vayd.
Coincidence? I report, you decide. pic.twitter.com/CAlX25hPEX
— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) October 29, 2021
— Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) October 29, 2021
— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) October 29, 2021
Oddly, that one just a minute or two ago changed the name on her LinkedIn profile to be just "C W". The URL still shows her name though. pic.twitter.com/Nv6ixciYmI
— Random Old Guy (@GerryDales) October 29, 2021
NBC29 caught up with Youngkin, and asked him about the incident.
The Republican replied, “I think they work for Terry McAuliffe, and I’m sure he sent them.”
Youngkin added: “They’ll do anything to win, and he’s doing anything to win, and so he’s paying people to show up and act silly at our rallies.”
The McAuliffe Campaign denied the accusation, telling NBC29 in a statement, “This was not us or anyone affiliated with our campaign.”
Andrew Whitley, the executive director of the Virginia Democrats, put out a statement on Twitter denying that his group had anything to do with the stunt.
Statement on Glenn Youngkin’s bus stop earlier today: pic.twitter.com/Hw0svCAW9W
— Andrew Whitley (@AndrewWhitleyVA) October 29, 2021
Independent journalist Tony Kinnett gave a good rundown of the incident on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Here's how they got caught: pic.twitter.com/In1ZqCQmKO
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) October 29, 2021
The black white supremacist has been identified.
Looks like they found the black "white supremacist"
and his account is also locked pic.twitter.com/m8DBH1Z91n
— Ames (@RestingTwitFace) October 29, 2021
Late Friday afternoon, the odious Lincoln Project fessed up to being behind the stunt, calling it a “demonstration” to draw attention to Youngkin’s refusal to “denounce Trump’s assertion that the Charlottesville rioters possessed ‘very fine’ qualities.”
Of course, the Lincoln Project is engaging in a nasty, political smear, as usual. The claim that Trump referred to the white supremacists as “very fine people” after the Unite the Right rally in August of 2017 has been so thoroughly debunked over and over again, it’s not even worth revisiting.
“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,” the group said on its website.
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 Youngkin campaign is enraged by our reminder of Charlottesville for one simple reason: Glenn Youngkin wants Virginians to forget that he is Donald Trump’s candidate.
We will continue to hold Glenn Youngkin accountable. If he will denounce Trump’s assertion that the Charlottesville rioters possessed ‘very fine’ qualities, we’ll withdraw the tiki torches. Until then, we’ll be back.
So the Lincoln Project was behind the Tiki Torch thing today. pic.twitter.com/XSLiK3oVzk
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 29, 2021
In a very strange twist, it appears that the Lincoln Project retweeted a tweet from a Democrat earlier today calling the “demonstration” a “disgusting reference to the 2017 Unite the Right rally.” In the tweet, “Charlie” was pretending, or under the false impression that the five individuals in the photo were Youngkin supporters holding tiki torches in support of white nationalists.
That would mean the vile and repulsive Lincoln Project was actively trying to smear Youngkin and his supporters for something it manufactured itself.
You retweeted this pic.twitter.com/vTNYSCEzoW
— Anthony Brunetti (@2_bru_1) October 29, 2021
A Democrat operative named “Lauren Windsor” confessed on Twitter late Friday afternoon that she worked with the Lincoln Project to “coordinate today’s Youngkin action in Charlottesville.”
In my capacity as a communications consultant, I worked w @ProjectLincoln to coordinate today's Youngkin action in Charlottesville. I join them in the fight to defend our democracy from rightwing extremists and call for Glenn Youngkin to denounce Trump’s ‘very fine people.
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) October 29, 2021
She too, pretended to be shocked and scandalized by the photo of the fake white supremacists.
The person taking credit for collaborating with Lincoln Project on the tiki torch thing acted like she was surprised about it earlier in the day pic.twitter.com/ppXwTHyTnL
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 29, 2021