Yesterday, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson released a statement and picture (below) documenting the removal of yard signs from his own property and replaced with numerous signs for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Wrote Jackson:
Imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday morning to find every sign removed from my front yard and replaced with this: (Picture of McAuliffe yard signs).
I'm not alone. We're getting reports from across Virginia of yard signs and banners being stolen or defaced. Some people are going so far as to carve my face out of posters.
This isn't free speech. This is trespassing and vandalism. Ultimately, this is intimidation. And the Democratic Party of Virginia needs to put a stop to it today . . . .
We need to be able to work together if we're going to continue to make Virginia a place where people want to live and work. That starts by stopping these antics and by respecting the views of our neighbors. I would hope that the Democratic Party of Virginia would stand up for civil discourse.
As I've traveled the Commonwealth, people are sick of politics as usual. This toxic environment stifles conversations that need to happen to find common ground on the issues that matter the most.
This seems to be a par-for-the-course leftist tactic. Four years ago, liberal activists undertook a large scale steal-and-replace operation in Buena Vista in the run-up to that year's annual Labor Day Parade. Earlier this campaign, pro-abortion activists did this to pro-life Delegate Kathy Byron's yard. It's as if the Left has nothing better to do than to show up at conservative and Christian events to scream their point, as they did during our Gala.
If this type of activity is any type of sign — and it usually is — then we can expect a dizzying last 10 days to the campaign. Whether perceived to be behind or ahead, in campaigns, the legislative process, the courts, the media or culture in general, the Left's tactics remain the same: bully, intimidate, harass, menace, strong arm until they get what they want, no matter what they want, and then some, no matter how they get it.
Buena Vista revisited. Democrat activists invade E.W. Jackson's front yard and conduct a steal-and-replace-yard-sign operation.
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