This is how sick our election politics have become. The republican candidate Ed Gillespie who is vying to be Virginia’s next governor on November 7, 2017 has been inching ahead in the polls against the democratic candidate Ralph Northam by catering to the White supremacists.
Until Mr. Gillespie resorted to these tactics, his opponent was ahead in the polls. As of right now, it appears that Ed Gillespie could win. The republicans plan to win by the marketing of fear, decisiveness, with mating calls to White supremacists. Have they no shame?
It looks like the republicans’ ads against sanctuary cities/ fear of crime have been effective even though sanctuary cities don’t exist/ are not allowed by law in Virginia. Note the president’s tweet below about M13 gangs. Democrats need to be able to state for the record that they are against crimes, felons and gangs, no matter what color, religion, nationality the criminals are, period.
Dear Virginians, Please restore my faith in our elections’ systems by electing the candidate who does not stoop to the level of pandering to White supremacists.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On November 4, 2017, the Washington Post Editorial Board penned the following op-ed piece, “Ed Gillespie wages war on his own principles.”
“AS VIRGINIA’S gubernatorial campaign intensified just after Labor Day, we published an editorial criticizing Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate once known as a fixture of the GOP establishment, for flirting with the electorate’s “most noxious elements” by using Confederate monuments as a wedge issue just weeks after they were the rallying cause for racists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.”
“Mr. Gillespie’s campaign protested angrily, insisting to us that his focus, and that of Virginians, was on reducing penalties for marijuana possession; reforming the criminal-justice system with a focus on redemption; sluggish job creation and wage growth; sea-level rise; the opioid epidemic; surging gang activity; and the educational achievement gap. Really, Mr. Gillespie’s allies were insisting, he remains the mainstream moderate he’s always been.”
“Since then, however, Mr. Gillespie has doubled down on the politics of divisiveness and fear. His campaign’s thrust has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call.”
“Whether that’s been an effective electoral strategy will be known after the polls close Tuesday (11/7/17). Already, though, its cost is clear, both to Mr. Gillespie’s own moral stature and to Virginia’s status as a centrist state that, until now, has retained a modicum of political civility. By embracing President Trump’s inflammatory political tone and tenor with an advertising campaign that equated illegal immigrants with gang violence, harped on Confederate statues and suggested child sex predators are being armed by Democrats, the Gillespie campaign has crashed through the guardrails of decency.”
“Whether to leave or remove Confederate statues may be a genuine disagreement — Mr. Gillespie would leave them; Ralph Northam, his Democratic opponent, would remove them; neither could decide in most cases, which are under local control. But for Mr. Gillespie to whip up passions by stressing the issue immediately after the violence in Charlottesville has been to appeal to those for whom “heritage” and “tradition” are racist buzzwords.”
“The Republican candidate insists he is proud of his detailed position papers, which he carries around in a binder featuring titles such as “Collective Impact Model as a Framework to Solve Complicated Problems.” But who is the real Mr. Gillespie — the man who wants to solve such “complicated problems” or the one content to sow hatred, suspicion and dread?”
This blog was last updated on November 6, 2017.