McAuliffe denies support for police defense, but does not explicitly deny support
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is facing criticism for not completely dismissing support for a group that advocates defunding the police.
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McAuliffe’s Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin posted on Twitter, along with a clip of McAuliffe from a recent television interview, “Terry McAuliffe refuses to deny support received from New Virginia Majority, a radical ‘defy the police’ group Gave.” “He said he was proud of it! Incredible.”
In the clip, McAuliffe denies support for defending police and says his record as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018 is proof.
McAuliffe was particularly pressed about a clip posted online that showed the former governor saying he was “proud” to have support from the New Virginia Majority. In the clip, McAuliffe also says that he opposes defaming the police, but doesn’t have to agree with all the groups that support him.
“Have I ever supported defaming the police? Are you out of your mind?” McAuliffe said in the clip played during the interview. I’m Invested in Law Enforcement – I’ve only had 25 minutes to tell you what I do for the police. Not refunded, I funded them!”
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“Listen, the point is, when I was governor I had the lowest crime rate of any state in the United States,” McAuliffe said in response to the clip. “I think that’s what your audience is worried about.”
McAuliffe said that during his tenure as governor he took several steps to improve the lives of sheriffs in the Commonwealth and received an award from them.
“So you’re still proud to have the support,” McAuliffe was asked in the interview.
“Many people support me, so be it,” McAuliffe replied.
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“Defend the Police, Fund Black Futures,” the New Virginia Majority, who has often supported Defending Police, tweeted in June 2020.
The McAuliffe campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.
McAuliffe has attempted to distance himself from the Defend Police movement that has become popular among many Democrats and has been pressured on other controversial issues such as critical race theory.
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In the same interview, McAuliffe was asked about critical race theory which show documents has raised its head in Virginia over the past few months.
“It’s not taught in Virginia and it’s never taught in Virginia,” McAuliffe said.
“I’m not even spending my time because the school board and everyone else has come out and said it’s not taught,” he said. “It’s racist. It’s the dog whistle.”
recent vote The Vasson Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University shows that Youngkin has a tight race with McAuliffe in Virginia, 4.2 percentage points, with a margin of error of 49%-45%.