A panelist scheduled to seem on the upcoming debate between Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin is withdrawing from the political showdown after tweets attacking Republicans and evangelicals surfaced.
George Mason College Affiliate Professor Michael Fauntroy was set to seem alongside native NBC affiliate News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey and Telemundo 44 reporter Alberto Pimienta to ask questions on the second face-off on Sept. 28, which is being moderated by NBC Information anchor Chuck Todd.
Nevertheless, Fauntroy instructed Fox Information he’ll “not be serving as a panelist on the debate.”
“It was my resolution. I’ve not communicated with anybody from NBC,” Fauntroy added.
Fauntroy, the founding director of GMU’s Race, Politics, and Coverage Heart, is a longtime Democratic donor, according to FEC filings, contributing $4,000 to the Biden marketing campaign final 12 months. Moreover, he donated $250 to Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s marketing campaign per the Virginia Public Entry Undertaking.
Nevertheless, what might have been extra problematic for Fauntroy was his heated commentary on social media.
In Might 2020, Fauntroy insisted Democratic Alabama Gov. George Wallace “can be a Republican as of late.” In Sept. 2020, Fauntroy shamed Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. for his assist for then-President Trump.
“.@SenatorTimScott, I get that you’re a Republican & have chosen to assist the nominee, however there isn’t any method as a Black man you ought to be out right here protecting 4 @realDonaldTrump. He is a racist, misogynist, & xenophobe. You realize it. Be quiet about it in order for you, simply do not defend it,” Fauntroy tweeted.
In November, simply days earlier than the election, Fauntroy wrote, “Not each Republican is a racist However each racist appears to votes Republican” in response to an identical comment Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made about Democrats and socialists.
Fauntroy’s rhetoric escalated following the occasions of Jan. 6, telling Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Tx., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., “F— you.”
“F— you, @tedcruz. Your craven habits has helped create this mob scene,” Fauntroy told Cruz, which was adopted by a tweet in response Hawley’s e book being canceled by Simon & Shuster, writing, “@HawleyMO I am positive your contract has language that permits it to be cancelled for seditious habits. Good luck in courtroom. And by good luck, I imply: F— you.”
He additionally took goal at Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeting “F— McCarthy! He is a part of the issue.”
Nevertheless, Fauntroy’s most controversial tweet was made the day earlier than Jan. 6 in response to a different Twitter consumer who requested, “Why are Evangelicals supporting Kyle Rittenhouse?”
“As a result of White Evangelicals and White Nationalists are largely indistinguishable from each other,” Fauntroy responded.
Youngkin is a White Evangelical.
The occasion is being hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and co-partnered by the native NBC/Telemundo associates, George Mason College’s Schar College of Coverage and Authorities and Northern Virginia Group School.
Neither The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce nor GMU’s Schar College of Coverage and Authorities instantly responded to Fox Information’ requests for remark.
NBC 4 Washington assistant information director Matt Glassman responded by pointing to the commonwealth’s chamber of commerce, who he burdened was “internet hosting the controversy.”