After attempting to tie his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin to former President Donald J. Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election results, former Virginia governor and current Democrat candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe has enlisted fundraising support from a notorious election skeptic.
During last week’s back-and-forth between the candidates that featured McAuliffe attacking Youngkin over his support for Trump and what McAuliffe’s campaign characterized as Trump’s election lies, and Youngkin responding by blasting McAuliffe for saying the 2000 election was stolen by then-President George W. Bush in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Democrat activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was sending fundraising emails on behalf of McAuliffe.
Abrams began sending fundraising emails for McAuliffe beginning June 10.
Abrams is infamous for refusing to accept the results of her 2018 election loss to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Abrams still has not conceded that race to Kemp, and as late as December of 2019, was still claiming to be the rightful winner.
Trump and his allies have been accused of jeopardizing American democracy over his refusal to do the same.
“Concession means to say that the process was fair, but when I run an organization that in 10 days between election night and the night I refuse to concede we receive more than 50,000 phone calls for people who were denied the right to vote I am complicit if I say that that system is fair,” Abrams said of her refusal to concede at the time.
The Youngkin campaign blasted McAuliffe for his hypocrisy.
“You’d think Terry McAuliffe would at least try to pretend he believes the stuff that comes out of his own mouth, but he doesn’t even do that,” campaign spokesman Christian Martinez told The Virginia Star. “Instead, he’s shamelessly using his party’s conspiracy theories about a stolen election to raise campaign cash, just like he did as DNC chairman for years. McAuliffe sold out the people of Virginia as governor, and this shows he will still say or do anything as long as it helps himself.”
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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Virginia Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Stacey Abrams” by Stacey Abrams. Background Photo “Virginia Capitol” by Martin Kraft. CC BY-SA 3.0.