'Real Ignorance' Lies With Beltway 'Elitists': VA Official Rips FBI's Strzok for Calling Virginians 'Hillbillies'
In newly-released text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, are branded as "ignorant hillbillies."
Strzok and Page, who were involved in an extramarital affair, exchanged more than 50,000 texts during the presidential campaign, transition and first months of the Trump presidency.
Republicans have called out the many instances of apparent anti-Trump bias that the two showed. In one conversation in Nov. 2015, the two discussed then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife running for local office as a Democrat in the area.
Strzok called Jill McCabe's loss "disappointing" and insulted Loudoun County as being made up of "still largely ignorant hillbillys."
On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, a local official from Loudoun County - a suburban county outside Washington, D.C. - blasted the remark, lamenting that it's a typical point of view of "elitists" in the Beltway.
Geary Higgins, the Republican Supervisor of Loudoun County, said the population is highly educated, hard-working and the area has an unemployment rate of only 3 percent.
"They are hardly ignorant hillbillies," said Higgins.
"The real ignorance lies with the ignorant statist elitists that live inside the Beltway and never get outside of that bubble and think they know better for the American people what they need."
He added that the remarks are emblematic of Washington losing touch with hard-working Americans.
Watch the full interview above.