The political calculation here is cold.

Warning: This opinion piece addresses hateful, often profane Twitter posts. It is impossible to discuss this rhetoric properly without presenting some posts in full. Reader discretion is advised.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f a friend of yours used the words “faggot” and “faggots” more than a hundred times in his Twitter feed, would you embrace him in a joint Instagram video? Probably not. But then again, you are not Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe is running hard for governor of Virginia, a position he held from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin, his Republican opponent, are deadlocked. An October 22–23 Emerson College survey of 875 “very likely”


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