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The Establishment Media And Ed Gillespie Made Racist Ralph Northam Governor

Trump tweet on GillespieConservative political operatives were stunned when the website Big League Politics broke the story of Democrat Ralph Northam’s racist background and the page in his medical school yearbook depicting him in either blackface or a Ku Klux Klan robe – Northam was uncertain who was who in the picture until he decided to change his story and deny any association with the offensive picture and yearbook page.

But the second biggest question in the Ralph Northam racist yearbook scandal is why didn’t the Ed Gillespie campaign’s opposition research team find the offensive image?

According to reporting by Daniel Chaitin of the Washington Examiner, a source from Big League Politics told the Washington Post an individual reached out to the website because of "anger" over Northam's recent comments about a bill that would loosen restrictions on abortions.

“The revelations about Ralph Northam’s racist past were absolutely driven by his medical school classmate’s anger over his recent very public support for infanticide,” the unnamed source said according to Chaitin.

Amazing how Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s team missed it.

President Trump tweeted the same question:

“Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff. If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!”

As Christian Vasquez reported for Politico, Gillespie appears to remain a sore spot for Trump, who was shunned by the Republican nominee during the high-profile 2017 election.

Some have suggested that Gillespie had it and refused to use it because it would have muddied the distinctions they were trying to draw, with the Washington Post’s Glen Kessler tweeting, “Several astute readers have suggested Gillespie's campaign may have known of this but chose not to use it…”

The writers at Red State were of the same mind saying, “Having observed a boat-load of GOP campaigns over the years, I find nothing at all implausible about the Gillespie campaign having the material and deciding not to use it. From what I’ve seen of Vichy Republicans in action at fairly close range, I’d actually be more shocked if it was used than finding it wasn’t…

We agree that Republicans campaigns hiring incompetents, grifters, and rent-seekers foisted upon them by outsiders is the hallmark of any establishment GOP campaign.

“We’ll probably never know if the Gillespie campaign knew about the images or how they managed to miss them and that is mostly because there are no possible answers that make the Gillespie campaign or the Virginia GOP look particularly good,” said Red State writer strief.

Red State went on to conclude, “…if you’d had the images and chosen not to use them because you wanted to take the high road and protect ‘muh principles,’ knowing what you know today, would you admit to not using them? My guess is that you would deny knowing anything about them and take the hit for being merely incompetent.”

But the Gillespie campaign wasn’t the only one that was incompetent.

As Mark Levin tweeted on Friday, “Amazing how the media missed this when he was running for governor.”

As Levin explained at some length on his show on Friday, somehow the Washington Post and the rest of the media missed this photo.

Levin’s take was that it wasn’t that the media covered up Northam’s racist past – it was that they simply had no interest in looking for it.

We have a slightly different and more jaundiced take than does Mr. Levin – the Washington Post had no interest in looking too deeply into Ralph Northam’s racist past for a reason. And that reason was that looking at Northam might expose information that would upset the narrative that Gillespie and the Republicans were and are racists.

On October 31 the Post ran an editorial excoriating Gillespie, saying in part:

There is no question that if this were a race to the bottom, Mr. Gillespie would be the winner, having spent millions of dollars on ads that use specious claims and appeals to race and ethnicity to scare and divide. That he has doubled down in recent days with deceptive ads trying to paint Mr. Northam as an enabler of child predators underscores the lack of character that has marked his campaign. It is one reason we endorsed Mr. Northam.

The establishment media, and Washington Post in particular, don’t look for evidence of misbehavior, especially racist attitudes or behavior, on the part of Democrats because they are deeply invested in the narrative that Republicans are racists and they don’t have any interest in turning up any facts or evidence that would disrupt that narrative by showing real racism on the part of Democrats.

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Gov. "elect" Hortham and Ed Gillespie

Gillespie probably DID win the election fairly; but we know that as in CA and here in PA, Democrats don't fight elections fairly, and rig the elections with deads, multiples, switchers, nevers, and illegal invaders. It's why we will never have another Republican President. They tipped the balance with the invaders. Northam should be impeached not for the Blackface, but lying about it to the public one time or the other; and he should be executed for promoting the killing of babies.

virginia governor wrongly accused

this racist claim against the governor because of a 25 year old photo in a yearbook is ridiculous. how many of the critics would like to have any high school or college photos, comments etc examined. i do not support his abortion position and would never vote from him but fair is fair. a decades old photo is no example of where people are in their present lives. and because of this he should resign...i don't thing so.