Let’s set the record straight here, okay?
When Terry McAuliffe, Clinton crony and almost former governor of Virginia, talks about the police in Charlottesville being outgunned by white supremacist protestors, he’s lying. And those hidden weapons caches he claims police found placed around the city? Never happened.
He’s a big, fat, steaming pile of untruths.
Even the Virginia State Police say so.
McAuliffe went to Black Lives Matter’s DeRay McKesson to make this completely false assertion about what went down in Charlottesville:
“They had battering rams and, you know, we had picked up different weapons they had stashed around the city. This was a powder keg. This was a very volatile situation. And I’ll once again say, I am very proud of our team on the ground. Nobody hurt except for those people hit by the car and you couldn’t stop that.”
According to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, the governor is spreading misinformation:
“The governor was referring to the briefing provided him in advance of Saturday’s rally and the extra security measures being taken by local and state police. As a safety precaution in advance of August 12, such searches were conducted in and around Emancipation and McIntire Parks. No weapons were located as a result of those searches.”
Oh, and McAuliffe’s claim that police were “outgunned”? Yeah, no. Says Geller, “No, the State Police did not have inferior equipment. Our personnel are equipped, and were equipped, with the necessary protective and tactical gear for their safety and, obviously, to protect those that were in attendance of the event.”
So, what we have here is the governor of Virginia, the very commonwealth in which this tragic but important event occurred, fanning the flames of hatred and division.
You want to call out the president for his response to Charlottesville? Fine, go for it. But you better be damn sure that you’re also calling out the likes of Terry McAuliffe for actively spreading misinformation designed to incite further violence and make the divides in our country even deeper.
Oh, and this guy is almost definitely going to run for president in 2020. So there’s that to look forward to.