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It’s All Projection: McAuliffe Smears Youngkin as 2020 Truther While Embracing His Own Election Conspiracy

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe speaks during his campaign rally in Richmond, Va., October 23, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Welcome back to “Forgotten Fact-Checks,” a weekly column produced by National Review’s News Desk. This week, we recount with pity the plight of the Virginia Democratic Party, slap CNN on the wrist for its obstinate and mistaken defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci, and hit more media misses.

Lyin’ Terry

Terry McAuliffe didn’t expect to have to work for a second term as Virginia’s governor. After all, when he left office in 2018, he was popular. And Virginia had seemed to have turned from purple to blue in the Trump era — Joe Biden won the state by ten points in 2020. 

And yet,

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