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Why Does Leader of Virginia Beach Hate Group Think Rocky Holcomb Shares His Values? 


From the Virginia House Democratic caucus:

Why Does Leader of Virginia Beach Hate Group Think Rocky Holcomb Shares His Values?

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The “lead activism strategist” of an anti-Muslim hate group, as identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has proudly endorsed and volunteered for Delegate Rocky Holcomb.

Scott Ryan Presler of ACT for America organized a hate rally in June in the district that Holcomb represents. In December, Presler posted a photograph of himself with Holcomb to his Facebook page. Presler also posted a Facebook live video of himself canvassing for Holcomb in which he proclaimed his support and encouraged his viewers to work for candidates “who are going to be able to uphold our values in office.”

Delegate Holcomb has not yet condemned Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, including the president’s assertion that there were “very fine people” marching among the Neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists.

“Charlottesville is a defining moment in our nation’s history,” said House Democratic Caucus spokeswoman Katie Baker. “Delegate Holcomb has failed to condemn the president’s defense of white supremacists, and a leader of a local hate group has declared his support for Holcomb’s campaign. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue: this is a human issue. We call upon Delegate Holcomb to loudly and publicly disavow Trump’s remarks, and we ask – why does a hate group leader think that Rocky Holcomb shares his values?”

The Virginian-Pilot previously reported that Presler was an employee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

  • Turbocohen

    Lowell Feld proves something with this post. Welcome to cold civil war 2.0

    • First off, this post is by the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. Second, no idea what you mean by “cold civil war 2.0.”

      • Dylan Lloyd

        You can add me to the Southern Poverty Law Center list because I hate Democrats 😉

  • Dylan Lloyd

    Blue Virginia has lost all credibility – they are going after a concerned gay activist who is not a hateful person; you would be concerned too if radical islamists wanted to throw you off a 10 story building

    • A few links for you:


      “It can be difficult to remember now, given the ferocity with which many Republicans assail it as an attack on freedom, but the provision in President Obama’s health care law requiring all Americans to buy health insurance has its roots in conservative thinking.

      The concept that people should be required to buy health coverage was fleshed out more than two decades ago by a number of conservative economists, embraced by scholars at conservative research groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, and championed, for a time, by Republicans in the Senate.

      The individual mandate, as it is known, was seen then as a conservative alternative to some of the health care approaches favored by liberals — like creating a national health service or requiring employers to provide health coverage.”


      “Baucus very deliberately started the talks with a template that was the core of the 1993-4 Republican plan, built around an individual mandate and exchanges with private insurers—much to the chagrin of many Democrats and liberals who wanted, if not a single-payer system, at least one with a public insurance option.”


      “Yet on Friday, Romney appeared finally to admit the obvious—that the Affordable Care Act was based on the Bay State’s successful health care initiative. What’s more, the man who ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare seemed to concede that the national health care law is working.”


      “A few years ago, their plan was the Affordable Care Act — but it was called RomneyCare, or the Dole-Chafee bill. Then Democrats adopted their plan, and rather than view that as a victory for the conservative movement, Republicans abandoned it. Now their plan is either nothing at all or some variation of the Affordable Care Act that differs in ways they have trouble explaining.”

      Romneycare and Obamacare Differ Only in Inconsequential Ways

      The problem for Romney is that there are no fundamental differences between the two laws. Both programs create exchanges where private insurers compete. Both require individuals to purchase insurance. And both subsidize those who can’t afford it. It’s a relatively new way of extending coverage. Massachusetts was the first place it was adopted, and the Affordable Care Act was the second. The two laws are, in the words of Jonathan Gruber, who helped design both the Romney and Obama plans, “the same fucking bill.”
      To find any differences between the two, you must look to the margins.

  • Britt Howard

    I do not understand the attacks on Scott Presler. As a gay man, he is obviously concerned about it when people want to institute Sharia law here in America. You can be against Sharia Law here in America without being anti-Muslim. Scott does not “hate”. He has shown no predjudice against Muslims. He is just against law that would persecute him or endanger other gays.