Democratic candidate for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe attacked Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin for questioning the 2020 election results, but McAuliffe has his own history of questioning close presidential elections.
The former governor of the Old Dominion criticized Youngkin for his views on the integrity of the elections, even accusing the Republican candidate of “repeating Trump’s conspiracy theories on the 2020 election” on his campaign site.
Youngkin did not claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Trump. He announced an “election integrity task force” ahead of the gubernatorial battle, saying the issue was not partisan but related to “democracy.”
Youngkin also said in an interview with FOX Business in May that President Biden was “rightfully elected our president.”
“He is sworn in and sworn in. He sleeps in the White House,” Youngkin said. “He is, unfortunately, signing decree after decree.”
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However, McAuliffe has his own history of questioning the election result: he did so while he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee with former President George W. Bush’s election victory in 2000.
“Our grassroots voters are crazier than hell and think they were robbed. They worked hard in the presidential election to get themselves kidnapped,” McAuliffe said in 2001.
In a 2002 article on the Voting Rights Institute founded by McAuliffe as chairman of the DNC, the former governor claimed that voters in Florida were “denied the right to vote” in the 2000 election.
“If I ever allow what happened in Florida to happen again, I will be excluded as chairman of this party,” McAuliffe said. “I mean, there is no doubt that people have been disenfranchised.”
McAuliffe too claims in a 2001 interview with Black Entertainment Television that Democrats “won the campaign” in 2000 but “didn’t get the prize,” and that there would be a new recount that would tip Florida for the former vice -President Al Gore in 25,000 votes.
“Guys, you know it, I know it, they know it,” McAuliffe said at the 20th anniversary of the Democratic Business Council having dinner in 2001. “We won this election.”
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“And let’s never forget it,” he added.
McAuliffe’s campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
A spokesperson for Youngkin’s campaign told Fox News that the only gubernatorial candidate who suggested a presidential election had been “stolen” was Terry McAuliffe.
“Terry McAuliffe is the only person in this race to suggest that an election was stolen,” the spokesperson said. “After more than one presidential election, he challenged the result and cited irregularities.”
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“Now McAuliffe is singing a different tune, as you would expect from a hypocritical career politician who speaks both sides of his mouth,” they added.
Last month, McAuliffe released an attack announcement targeting Youngkin because of his ties to former President Trump, but also had his own ties to the former president.
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McAuliffe took $ 25,000 from Trump in 2009 for his failed gubernatorial bid and toasted the former president at the National Governor’s Association dinner in 2017 after the former president called him “friend” whom he has known for “a very, very long time”.
“I just want to toast you, Mr. President, and say that we want to work with you on those ideals that have instilled in us and brought together all the governors. That we can respectively make our states grow and make our nation the greatest. fate that we are, ”McAuliffe said.
“So I would like to raise a toast to the President of the United States of America,” McAuliffe added.
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