Former President Donald J. Trump disembarks Marine One at Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, and boards Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered his most fulsome backing yet of Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Glenn Youngkin, in a virtual address to a GOP grassroots rally in Henrico.
“I’ll tell you what, Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman. He loves his state. We’ve got to get him in,” Trump told a gathering of loyalists organized by conservative radio network owner and talk show host John Fredericks. His remarks were broadcast and live streamed over Fredericks’ network.
— John Fredericks (@jfradioshow) October 14, 2021
Trump repeated his false claim that last fall’s election was stolen from him and that he is the rightful winner to a crowd that heard speaker after speaker exhort them to continue efforts to reverse the outcome and enact restrictive local voting laws.
“You have a chance to get one of the most successful business people in the country — and he did it in a quiet, professional way — in Glenn Youngkin,” Trump said. “I hope Glenn gets in there and he’ll straighten out Virginia, he’ll lower taxes and do all the things we want a governor to do.”
The brief remarks came in an effort to energize GOP activists for get-out-the-vote activities as the gubernatorial race enters its final three-week stretch. Some recent polling shows a tight race between Youngkin and Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe that falls within the margins of error. Younkin himself did not attend. GOP lieutenant governor nominee Winsome Sears was supposed to appear but dropped out, according to the Washington Post. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon did show up though.
McAuliffe for months has sought to portray Youngkin as a Trump proxy in a state that repeatedly rejected Trump and any Republican seeking statewide office during his presidential term. McAuliffe has played up each favorable statement Youngkin has made about the former president and prominently noted each of the multiple times Trump had already endorsed Youngkin before Wednesday.
Glenn Youngkin was endorsed again tonight by Donald Trump at a rally where attendees pledged allegiance to a flag flown at the deadly January 6th insurrection. Beyond disturbing, this is sick. And Glenn is honored to have Trump’s endorsement.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) October 14, 2021
Trump’s latest remarks come a week after a clip surfaced of McAuliffe saying on a videoconference with supporters that President Joe Biden is “unpopular” in Virginia and 10 days before former President Barack Obama is scheduled to campaign with McAuliffe in Richmond.
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