July 29, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, VA – Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin’s campaign today announced the launch of a new digital ad exposing Terry McAuliffe’s ties to an extremist organization, New Virginia Majority, which advocates for defunding the police, wants to do away with prisons and abolish ICE.
McAuliffe was endorsed by New Virginia Majority on July 20, 2021, and tweeted that he was “proud” of the endorsement on the same day. McAuliffe also said he was “proud” to be endorsed by NARAL, which tweeted in April, “It’s past time to defund the police.”
“Virginia’s murder rate is at a 20-year high, and Terry McAuliffe is embracing the far-left’s efforts to defund the police, let more violent criminals out of prison, and create even more chaos in our communities,” said Youngkin campaign spokesperson Christian Martinez. “Terry McAuliffe will make Virginia less safe.”
"Terry McAuliffe has made defunding and demoralizing police a cornerstone of his campaign, and recent endorsements from pro-‘defund the police’ organizations like NARAL and New Virginia Majority confirm that. Not only are these endorsements an affront to our brothers and sisters in blue, they signal to Virginia voters everywhere that Terry McAuliffe is not concerned with making our communities safer,” said the Virginia Police Benevolent Association Board of Directors.
"It wasn't enough for Terry McAuliffe and his handpicked parole board to break the law and let certain violent criminals out of prison, now he and his allies want to defund the police and close ALL prisons. We need a candidate who backs the blue and will restore safety in our communities, and that candidate is Glenn Youngkin," said Montgomery County Sheriff Charles “Hank” Partin.
While Terry McAuliffe was governor, his handpicked parole board members released violent criminals back into our communities, the rape rate increased every year, and the murder rate increased 43%. And he made it easier for felons to get guns.
In recent months, McAuliffe refused to meet with the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, announced his support for eliminating qualified immunity and thereby making individual police officers vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits, and bragged about redirecting funds away from police equipment.
Watch the Youngkin campaign’s new digital ad highlighting McAuliffe’s embrace of the “defund the police” extremists backing his campaign: