A prominent Virginia Republican state senator went full Marjorie Taylor Greene this week, declaring that the guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder trial of Derek Chauvin “makes me sick.” Sen. Amanda Chase, who is running for the GOP nomination for governor of Virginia, made the comment at a campaign stop just east of the commonwealth capital of Richmond.
“Today’s verdict makes me sick,” Chase said. “I am so concerned about our law enforcement right now quitting. You should be too.” In a written statement issued after her campaign appearance Chase said, “I’m concerned that the decision was politically motivated more to prevent civil unrest than to serve justice. The decision made today (Tuesday) sends a clear message to law enforcement; the justice system doesn’t have your back.”
During the campaign stop Chase described herself as being “Trump in heels. She also repeated, as she has done multiple times during her campaign, the false and baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Donald Trump.
Chase’s stance puts her squarely in the camp of Georgia Republican Greene and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who have likewise suggested that jurors convicted Chauvin because they feared an acquittal would lead to unrest.
A spokesman for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Manuel Bonder, denounced Chase’s remarks: “Amanda Chase’s comments are racist and dangerous, but they are also clearly representative of the beliefs of many Republicans. It’s incumbent upon the other candidates to condemn these comments in no uncertain terms. Anything less is a de facto agreement, and proves there is no daylight between them.”
This isn’t the first time Chase has invited scorn. In January, the Virginia Senate voted to censure Chase over a “pattern of unacceptable conduct,” including remarks in which she seemed to voice support for those who participated in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol in January.