This time, Northam is attacking Gillespie for not saying anything in response to the statements made by President Trump – which seems a little odd considering Charlottesville is in their home state of Virginia. Northam has also previously tried to link Gillespie to Trump.
In Northam’s newest ad slamming Gillespie, it opens with Trump’s controversial statements on Charlottesville. It then switches to show various newscasters describing their reactions using the words, “despicable,” “ashamed,” “shaken” and “untrue and insensitive.” In comparison, Gillespie’s response was “nowhere to be found.”
In contrast to Gillespie, Northam went on CNN to denounce the march and stand up to President Trump’s comments. Northam’s said in his interview “for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to just march into Charlottesville bringing their hatred and bigotry and violence it’s just something that we in Virginia don’t condone.”
Northam had a stronger stance than Trump on the Charlottesville rally saying, “it’s clear where it’s coming from… it’s coming from white supremacists.”
‘What Does Ed Think?’According to Northam, Gillespie thinks nothing – or at least he’s made no comments otherwise. Gillespie’s lack of comments has been noteworthy to Northam, who says that “we want to start the healing process. That starts with leadership. That starts with our president and he has disappointed all of us.”
The ad reads “Ed Gillespie won’t stand up to Trump” and closes with Trump saying “you can say what you want, but that’s just what it is.”
While Northam contends that Gillespie has not stood up to Trump, he omits the few statements that Gillespie has made. Gillespie did not specifically call out Trump, but he did condemn the attacks days before Trump did, and more succinctly than the statements made by the President.
Gillespie issued a few statements on Twitter:
Cathy and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life in Charlottesville and praying for victim and family as well as those injured.— Ed Gillespie (@EdWGillespie) August 12, 2017
For police to charge David but suspect so. Definitely tragic effect of vile neo Nazi and white supremacist actions. https://t.co/6FqNLbeIhU— Ed Gillespie (@EdWGillespie) August 12, 2017
We've seen evil in white supremacist torches and howling neo Naziism. God in the quiet service & sacrifice of Lt. Cullen, Trooper Bates.— Ed Gillespie (@EdWGillespie) August 13, 2017
The white supremacists and neoNazis who invaded cville espouse reprehensible views that have no redeeming value whatsoever. Simple as that.— Ed Gillespie (@EdWGillespie) August 15, 2017