Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin released the following statement:
“While I had no role in last night’s event, I have heard about it from many people in the media today. It is weird and wrong to pledge allegiance to a flag connected to January 6. As I have said many times before, the violence that occurred on January 6 was sickening and wrong.
“Today, a radical group called NARAL that wants to defund our police is supporting Terry McAuliffe’s campaign. At least one Democrat in Virginia has already rejected NARAL’s endorsement. McAuliffe needs to come out today and say NARAL is wrong.
“My campaign isn’t about the past, it is about the future and bringing everyone – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – together around my vision for a Virginia that is safer, stronger, and less divisive, with the best schools and the best law enforcement and the best economy.
“McAuliffe wants to talk about the past because he sees this race is slipping away from him and he will say anything to try to get elected. That’s all he can do because he doesn’t have a positive vision for Virginia.”
Last month, Youngkin said, “With regard to January 6, there is no room for violence in America. None. Absolutely not. And therefore, I think there’s just no room for it. We must condemn it every day of the week.”