In the aftermath of the Charlottesville Disaster, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has once again made statement contradicting police reports and findings.
The Governor claims that he ordered the police to stand down, as Antifa assaulted protesters and spread into the streets, because he believed weapons were hidden in Charlottesville during the rally.
However, if that was the case, wouldn’t the police want to get involved to protect innocent civilians?
During an interview, McAuliffe explained why exactly the police was hesitating to break up the violent fights between the white supremacist and the neo-Nazis. He said that the Nazis were armed in home-made riot gear, and were looking to create violence. He also claimed that the police further discovered several weapons caches all over the city.
He said, “They had battering rams and, you know, we had picked up different weapons they had stashed around the city … This was a powder keg. This was a very volatile situation. And I’ll once again say, I am very proud of our team on the ground. Nobody hurt except for those people hit by the car and you couldn’t stop that.”
However, immediately after this interview, a Virginia State Police spokesperson explicitly denied McAuliffe’s claim that weapons caches were found across the city. Trying to help the Governor of his state save face, the State Trooper explained that, “The governor was referring to the briefing provided him in advance of Saturday’s rally and the extra security measures being taken by local and state police … As a safety precaution in advance of August 12, such searches were conducted in and around Emancipation and McIntire Parks. No weapons were located as a result of those searches.”
This contradiction of statement is a second in only a week. On Monday, the Governor claimed that the police were outnumbered and outgunned by the protesters, and that the police were completely disorganized and in disarray as the protest started.
State Police Spokesman, Corinne Geller, contradicted McAuliffe’s statements that very same day, declaring, “No, the State Police did not have inferior equipment … Our personnel are equipped, and were equipped, with the necessary protective and tactical gear for their safety and, obviously, to protect those that were in attendance of the event.”
Geller noted, “We don’t release our tactical gear or anything of that nature for the protective purposes of our law enforcement … They had the necessary inventory and gear that they needed for this event. There were no shots fired at the event or anything of that nature but our folks had the proper gear and tactical equipment they needed in order to safeguard themselves and everybody in attendance,” she explained.
In the aftermath of the Charlottesville Disaster, Governor McAuliffe stated, “I’m very proud, except for, put the car incident aside, no one went to the hospital.” Quickly backtracking, he added “Except for those 20 people, 19 people and the person who died from the car incident, not one single person went to the hospital. Not one shot was fired. And, believe it or not, not one ounce of property damage.”
Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, is a known associate and close personal friend of Hillary Clinton.