Democrats are sitting on the edge of a terrifying defeat.
So they’re taking desperate measures to stop that from happening.
Kamala Harris got ripped to shreds for a horrifying illegal statement.
Democrats are horribly worried that they are going to lose the Virginia governor’s race.
Which means that all the national Democrats are out to try and sway an election that is currently in a dead heat according to recent polls.
Democrat candidate nominee Terry McAuliffe campaigned with Obama on Saturday. The next day he was joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and the Dave Matthews Band.
Even President Joe Biden is going to be trotted out in the final week to campaign and Kamala Harris’s created an ad for McAuliffe specifically to be played in churches.
“I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment,” Harris said in the video, touting Democrats’ “long track record of getting things done for the people of Virginia.”
Harris added, “So please, vote after today’s service. And if you cannot vote today, make a plan to go vote.”
Douglas Wilder, a Democrat and the only black governor in Virginia’s history, ripped the video endorsement Harris released to be played in 300 black churches.
“Well, it’s very good for her to do that, causing these churches to lose their tax-exempt status,” he said according the Washington Examiner, referring to the Johnson Amendment, a rule that prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations like churches from engaging in overt political campaigning. “If this is legal, then it’s surprising to me.
“In Virginia, the Democratic candidate has to have a strong turnout of black Americans. And if [McAuliffe] doesn’t get that, you’re going to see some problems,” said Wilder, who spoke from his home in Richmond.
“What reasons do they have to turn out?” wondered Wilder.
Many legal experts think that Harris crossed a line with her message.
“[Harris’s] video is unequivocally expressing advocacy, so charities and churches should not be involved in its production or distribution. It would be a violation of the tax code for charities and churches to do so,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a government watchdog group.
While pastors can support or endorse political candidates they aren’t allowed to do so in their official capacity or during a church service.
But Harris may feel confident even though her video allegedly flouts the rules since it is up to the IRS to enforce them.
In 2017 the IRS settled a lawsuit with more than four hundred conservative nonprofit groups after the IRS admitted that they had targeted applicants with certain names for intensive scrutiny based off of keywords such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their name.