Did Democrats just get caught in a lowbrow political stunt? Lincoln Project takes responsibility for the photo op.
A group of young people who were photographed standing outside Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s tour bus holding tiki torches on Friday are allegedly Democrat operatives who tried to stage a negative photo op.
Despite standing in the rain, the group held tiki torches and wore long sleeve, white button-up shirts with khaki pants in order to look like some people who took place in the 2018 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
These men approached @GlennYoungkin’s bus as it pulled up saying what sounded like, “We’re all in for Glenn.” Here they are standing in front of the bus as his campaign event at Guadalajara started.@NBC29 pic.twitter.com/l681ejyBjc— Elizabeth Holmes (@holmes_reports) October 29, 2021
A member of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe even tweeted the image out, writing, “The Unite the Right rally was one of the darkest days in the Commonwealth’s history. this is who Glenn Youngkin’s supporters are.”
The Unite the Right rally was one of the darkest days in the Commonwealth’s history. this is who Glenn Youngkin’s supporters are pic.twitter.com/OpJ55r0AMr— Christina Freundlich (@christinafreund) October 29, 2021
Suspicious internet users did some digging into the alleged Youngkin supporters and found a few of them closely resemble members of the organization Virginia Democrats.
One man looks like VA Dems financial director Camden Layton, who made both his Twitter and Instagram accounts private soon after being accused of participating in the stunt.
BREAKING: Financial director for Young VA Dems has gone private after being exposed for posing as a white supremacist pic.twitter.com/fbCbafIiZf
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) October 29, 2021
It would seem @CamdenLaytonVA is going to have a bad time being a Google result for “Tiki Torch White Supremacist” for the rest of his life… pic.twitter.com/pZpJijeS6s— NevilleTheCat (@FearTheFloof) October 29, 2021
This looks exactly like the same person.
✅ tubby frame
✅ same facial hair/style
✅ same large ears
✅ same (lack of) jawline
✅ same mouth
✅ same shoulder “slope”#CamdenLayton pic.twitter.com/FJPDNw6ZKp— Ames (@RestingTwitFace) October 29, 2021
Layton has not yet responded to a comment request from Infowars.
The only female in the group of five who stood outside the tour bus may have been VA Democrats member Colleen Wachenfeld, who also altered her Twitter account after users accused her of engaging in the setup.
🚨 I am now confident that we have identified the woman in this group of political actors as Colleen Wachenfeld, with @vademocrats. pic.twitter.com/qySknRSUrd— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) October 29, 2021
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter, “VA Democrats are apparently so racist that they think black Americans will fall for this obvious stupidity.”
Virginia Democrats Executive Director Andrew Whitley published a statement denying the Democrat Party of Virginia had any affiliation with the bus photo.
Later, the left-wing Lincoln Project released a statement revealing they were behind the political theater.
“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,” they wrote.
The press release continued, “The Youngkin campaign is enraged by our reminder of Charlottesville for one simple reason: Glenn Youngkin wants Virginians to forget that he is Donald Trump’s candidate.”