Kim Davis’ Lawyer Blames Virginia Governor For Neo-Nazi Violence
Mat Staver, the lawyer for Kim Davis and head of the Christian-based Liberty Counsel, tried to blame Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia for the violence at the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.
Staver, who was filling in for radio host Sandy Rios on her American Family Association program, blamed McAuliffe based on an op-ed in The Daily Caller written by a participant in the white supremacist rally, Pax Dickinson:
The absolute failure of the security forces to separate the individual, the protestors, the different groups, and literally moving the one group from the park into the absolute direction of the other group, combining them all together when they knew that there was violence that was taking place, and they were standing on the perimeter.
So, you know, I think it’s part and parcel of what this governor in Virginia unfortunately is doing. He is one that has brought a lot of disturbing things, I think, to Virginia.
However, in his op-ed, Dickinson admitted the white supremacists disobeyed the police:
The VSP shield wall began advancing south, and we linked arms and held our ground. We told police we refused to leave and planned to engage in civil disobedience. We were respectful and informed them we would not resist arrest but we refused to leave the park willingly.
Contrary to Staver’s claims, ABC News reported that McAuliffe told people to stay away from the rally because of concerns of of violence:
Virginia is the birthplace of the rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly that make our country great… However, in advance of tomorrow’s rally, there have been communications from extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials.