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When your Campaign is Losing Ground Stage a Viral Hoax

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

Democrats orchestrated a viral hoax at the behest of the Lincoln Project during a Glen Younkin event. Youngkin is 8 points ahead of his democrat opponent Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia elections.

Five people dressed in Khaki's holding Tiki torches set Twitter ablaze as they stood in front of a Youngkin event trying to convince people they were supporting Youngkin.

The images of people holding tiki torches were intended to invoke a visceral response to Younkin's event, and it temporarily did. Christina Freundlich, McAuliffe spokesperson tweeted "The Unite the Right rally was one of the darkest days in the Commonwealth's history. this is who Glenn Youngkin's supporters are," Her tweet was later deleted.

The internet was quick to identify who was behind this stunt. Lauren Windsor - who describes herself as 'Agnostic. Bisexual. Fashionista. Hapless romantic. Progressive pugilist 'swamp-slayer' - took credit for organizing the stunt on Friday evening.

Camden Layton, finance director for Virginia Young Democrats.

Camden is claiming that despite the likeness in the photo, it was not him.

Colleen Wachenfeld, another Virginia Democratic employee whose background on Twitter was a picture of McAuliffe at a campaign event.

The Lincoln Project issued a statement about the event they participated in.

“Glenn Youngkin has said: ‘President Trump represents so much of why I am running.’ Youngkin proves it every day by trying to divide Virginians using racial code words like Critical Race Theory and supporting a ban on teaching the works of America’s only Black Nobel laureate.

“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.