Lincoln Projects co-founder doubles on ‘Unite the Right’ stunt at Youngkin Rally

Lincoln Projects co-founder Stuart Stevens on Friday doubled the group’s decision to get actors posing as white supremacists with tiki torches at a Glenn Youngkin gubernatorial meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week.

Stevens said the stunt was part of helping Democrats learn “how to win, how to play hardball” after CNN “Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo asked if the staging of the list was “to be it “You say you’re against it.”

Stevens said the real problem was not his group’s stunt, but rather that Youngkin, a Republican running for governor of Virginia, had not condemned former President Trump, saying there were “very nice” people on both sides. of the white supremacy “United the Right” rally and counter-protesters in Charlottesville in 2017. “Unite the Right” participants carried infamous tiki torches while marching, with some shouting “Jews will not replace us.”

On Friday, the actors stood with the tiki torches near a Youngkin bus wearing white shirts and khaki pants.

However, the prank of the Lincoln project has been widely criticized for what appeared to be an attempt to make Youngkin appear racist. Terry McAuliffe, Youngkins’ Democratic opponent, condemned the trick. Youngkin and others had previously suspected McAuliffe was behind it.

LINCOLN PROJECT INCLUDES PLANTING FAKE ‘UNIT THE RIGHT’ MEMBERS AT YOUNGKIN RALLY

A small group of protesters dressed as "Join right" Rally participants with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk while Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 29, 2021.

A small group of protesters dressed as “Unite the Right” participants with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk while Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, Oct. . 29, 2021.
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“How much more proof do we need that The Lincoln Project is nothing more than a bunch of insane hacks?” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, tweeted.

Stevens claimed that Youngkin was trying to “have it both ways” in Charlottesville, adding that the group was the first to use the demonstration in 2017 – which left an anti-racism protester dead after a white nationalist drove into a crowd – in a political ad.

“Some people thought we might have gone too far, but we did. And it worked,” he said.

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Earlier, The Lincoln Project defended the stunt, saying, “Today’s demonstration was our way of reminding Virginians of what happened in Charlottesville four years ago, the Republican Party’s embrace of those values, and Glenn Youngkin’s lack of condemnation of it,” the statement said. .

Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia is considered a whirlwind.

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