"I called it out in my own party and I'm calling it out now," Luria announced on Twitter. "Evoking George Soros as a shadowy funder is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. This is an unacceptable statement from Glenn Youngkin."
Throughout a speech in Burke on Tuesday, Youngkin insisted that "George Soros-backed allies" in "the left, liberal progressive movement" have "inserted political operatives into our school system" in the school boards.
The Youngkin campaign mocked the notion that the allegation was "anti-Semitic." A spokesperson told Fox News that Luria's allegation is "ridiculous partisan nonsense."
"She can take this up with The Washington Post and Politico, who have reported extensively on George Soros pumping money into Democrat campaigns in Virginia," the spokesperson continued.
In April 2019, The Washington Post issued a story describing how a PAC funded by George Soros affected two prosecutor races in Northern Virginia. In August 2016, Politico issued a story detailing "George Soros' quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system" by channeling "more than $3 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states over the past year."
A Soros-launched PAC donated $625,000 to many statewide races in Virginia in 2019. Soros-funded prosecutor candidates swept the Virginia elections that year. The prosecutor who sought jail time for the father whose daughter was supposedly sexually attacked by a male student in a dress in a girls' restroom has connections to both Soros and Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running against Youngkin. As late as June, Soros spent $200,000 on another prosecutor's race in Virginia.
Soros appears to have further helped Luria herself. According to FEC data, Soros contributed $5,000 to PAC TO THE FUTURE in December 2019, which turned around and provided $10,000 to the Elaine Luria campaign in 2020.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, representing roughly 1,500 Orthodox Jewish rabbis, denounced Luria's idea that calling out Soros's activism constitutes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
"It is ridiculous to say that because Soros is a wealthy Jew if you criticize him, you're going after Jewish money," Menken told Fox News. "Anti-Semitism is too real and too dangerous to use as a partisan cudgel."
"It's not merely true that Soros has tried to turn education and policing to suit his partisan vision," Menken went on. "He also funds groups that condemn Israel for placing barriers before suicide bombers, promote free entry for Hamas terrorists into Israel, and blame Israel for Arab terrorism."