A spokesperson for Terry McAuliffe’s campaign is being accused of posting racist tweets in 2012.
“#TweetLikeAGuy going out with da nigguhs,” a tweet posted in 2012 from Renzo Olivari, a McAuliffe spokesperson, said.
Another tweet from 2012 reads, “#ThingsBlackFolksNeverThrowAway broken lamps.”
“Terry McAuliffe’s comms guy kinda sounds like a racist,” GOP operative Arthur Schwartz posted on Twitter Friday unearthing the tweets from Olivari.
In a statement to Fox News, Olivari apologized for the tweets.
“As a person of color, I have tried to live my whole life fighting for communities like mine,” Olivari said. “When I was in high school student, I tweeted things that were clearly unacceptable.”
Olivari added, “I am ashamed and I profoundly regret what I tweeted. I take full responsibility and I want to profoundly apologize and use this as a moment to grow and learn from my mistakes. I will continue working to fight for communities like mine in every way that I can.”
According to Olivari’s LinkedIn page, he previously served as the Nevada press secretary for Kamala Harris For The People. The page also says that Olivari served as Virginia Communications Director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
A small group of demonstrators dressed as “Unite the Right” rally-goers with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk as Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
The tweets have since been deleted but Fox News was able to obtain screenshots before the posts came down. Fox also obtained screenshots of the LinkedIn profile.
FOX NEWS POLL: YOUNGKIN PULLS AHEAD OF MCAULIFFE AMONG VIRGINIA LIKELY VOTERS
The controversial tweet was unearthed the same day the McAuliffe campaign drew criticism over another racially charged incident where associates denounced a “white supremacists” appearing at a campaign event for McAuliffe challenger Glenn Youngkin that turned out to be staged apparently by members of the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a rally in Glen Allen, Va., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Youngkin will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Virginia voters will decide the governor’s race between McAuliffe and Youngkin on Tuesday November 2 and Fox News polling released on Thursday suggests that Youngkin has erased McAuliffe’s comfortable lead that he once had weeks ago.
McAuliffe receives 45 percent to Youngkin’s 53 percent in a new Fox News survey of Virginia likely voters. Youngkin’s eight-point advantage is outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.
That’s a big shift from two weeks ago, when McAuliffe was ahead by five, 51-46 percent.