See below for examples of: a) how NOT to respond to dangerous/unhinged rhetoric and QAnon-style lunacy by your supporters, courtesy of Virginia GOP Attorney General nominee Jason Miyares, who “sort of chuckled” at a supporter falsely and appallingly calling President Biden a “pedophile”; and b) how TO respond to dangerous/unhinged/racist rhetoric by your supporters, courtesy of former U.S. Senator John McCain, who famously pushed back on one of his anti-Arab/racist supporters, telling her that Barack Obama is a “decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
So if John McCain could do that in the midst of a heated, closely contested election for president of the United States, why is it sooooo hard for Jason Miyares to do it in a Virginia AG race? Or Glenn Youngkin, for that matter, who recently failed completely to push back on (and if anything seemed to encourage) a conspiratorial audience member who falsely believes that Trump won the 2020 election. In short, Miyares and Youngkin – and today’s Republican Party – have moved fallen far, FAR from the John McCain standard of how one of the party’s nominees should respond to unhinged rhetoric by supporters…
🚨Yet again a Republican AG candidate is allowing their public event to be a forum for twisted conspiracy theories & lies.
If Jason Miyares doesn't have the courage to speak truth to lies on the campaign trail, he has no business holding public office.
Virginia deserves better. https://t.co/qWoBw199oz
— Democratic AGs (@DemocraticAGs) August 11, 2021