A Virginia sheriff confronted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at a heated meeting Wednesday, calling out the former governor and asking for a direct answer as to whether he’d support defunding police.
On “Fox & Friends,” Hank Partin, sheriff of Montgomery County, said after a tough few years, he wants to vote for someone who will support law enforcement.
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McAuliffes response: “I don’t care what you believe.”
“I was attempting to nail him down on a yes or no,” Partin said. “And I asked him, ‘Can you give us a yes or no?’ And that’s when things went south.”
Partin cited an endorsement McAuliffe had received from the New Virginia Majority, which has ties to defund police movements.
McAuliffe told the room full of police officers, “I’m proud to accept any endorsements. Groups that endorse me – I don’t know everything they do.”
When further pressed on his stance on defunding police, he said, “I won’t even dignify that with an answer.”
Partin noted that the heated response was likely because he has supported McAuliffe’s opponent, Glenn Youngkin.
“He’s angry at me, number one, because I have publicly supported his opponent, who I believe will defend us and defend our commonwealth and keep our community safe. And t… (Read more)