Last week, the Virginia gubernatorial race was rocked by a fake racial scandal in which operatives, at least three of whom worked for the state's official Democrat Party, carried tiki torches and pledged their support to Glenn Youngkin.
Eventually, after the identities of the activists began to be discovered, The Lincoln Project took credit. But as I said at the time, no one should buy their claim of total autonomy. Terry McAuliffe's campaign surrogates ran with the photo immediately despite it originally only being shared by a tiny Twitter account. In other words, I highly suspect they knew ahead of time and helped coordinate the stunt.
On that note, Glenn Youngkin held a massive final rally last night. That represented his final push as people head to the polls today in an extremely tight race.
Thank you, LOUDOUN COUNTY, for showing up in full force tonight! We are going to WIN. Tomorrow, we will stand up together and get this done for our children, for one another, and for Virginia’s future. GO VOTE! #WinWithGlenn pic.twitter.com/Wj2J1nIdag
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) November 2, 2021
But like clockwork, the media found another likely racial hoax to run with. Someone wearing a jacket with a confederate flag stitched on it just so happened to make their way right in front of the media stand. Yes, of all the thousands of other places this person could have positioned themselves last night at the rally, they ended up right where the media could get clear pictures.
And just like with the tiki-torch scam, no reporter bothered to get any information on the person at all. Amazing, right?
Nov. 1, 2021 – Glenn Youngkin takes the stage here in Loudoun County — the final rally of his campaign… pic.twitter.com/CJLqZUN7lS
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) November 2, 2021
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — pic.twitter.com/3pdnUHyQtT
— Gary Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) November 2, 2021
It is absolute insanity that the media would do this again after having so much egg thrown on their face over the last racial hoax. Yet, their disinterest is completely purposeful. They want Terry McAuliffe to win because the news media is full of left-wing hacks. Any of them could have easily walked up and asked this person if they were paid to be there and why they deliberately stood right in front of the press. The reporters present didn't want those answers, though. Rather, they wanted another context-less picture to try to smear Youngkin with.
Further, a close examination presents plenty to be skeptical of here aside from just the person's positioning. The jacket looks brand new and the confederate flag patch is uneven, appearing to be hastily sown on. Those cowboy hats also look to be fresh off the rack somewhere. Lastly, the entire get-up is obviously meant to conceal the identity of the person. Oversized jacket, a huge hat, and hair teased out? It's all just too perfect. If I could bet on this, I'd bet a lot of money that picture is of two paid activists.
We probably won't find out though, because the reporters were careful to not get any shots of their faces. But if there's any electoral justice left in this country, none of this will matter. Besides, someone wearing a confederate flag at a rally does not define a candidate. If you live in Virginia, do whatever it takes to get out there and vote.