Editor: During the run up to November’s election, Loudoun County experienced a sophisticated disinformation campaign run by extremely well-funded external groups.
With the participation of well-known hate groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, hatred and hysteria against our LGBT citizens was used to drive what effectively became a mob. Similar efforts used a disinformation campaign to drive fears about “Critical Race Theory.”
The “Save Our Schools” group alone reported over $750,000 in funding. A lot of cookie bakes, wouldn’t you say? Other shady groups popped up with no apparent membership, but enough funding to do a $1 million media buy in the DC market driving fear and hatred with ominous music playing over flat out lies.
Some may say that this is business as usual. But as part of this campaign, a series of recall petitions were circulated based on the premise that school board members can’t be in Facebook groups. And the frenzy caused a school board member to resign after receiving death threats against her and her family. It’s been reported that she sat down to write the resignation after waking up at 3 a.m. and realizing that the police protection had been removed from her home.
I’m here to ask – why was that protection removed? Why has there been no investigation into these threats? No arrests? Is this the way we want to govern? By death threat and corruption?
The sheriff not only failed to investigate these threats, he participated in a partisan election campaign and refused to supply protection for School Board meetings. With no investigation, how can we say that these threats were not orchestrated by these groups?
I call on Sherriff Chapman to resign—or to open an investigation into these groups and threats and recuse himself from involvement. I also call for the United States Justice Department to investigate this campaign of lies, fear, and intimidation against the citizens and elected officials of Loudoun County.
Constance Rice, Leesburg