According to current polls, the gubernatorial election in Virginia is going to come down to the wire. Most polling shows the two candidates in a virtual tie heading into election day.
Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe is in a neck-and-neck battle with Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. And unsurprisingly, former President Donald Trump is right in the thick of it, too.
That’s why he recently corrected one “untrue” rumor floating around the media.
Trump endorsed fellow businessman Youngkin earlier this year, and last week we heard rumblings that the former President might visit Virginia and hold a last-second rally to support the GOP candidate.
That kicked off a firestorm of commentary from the media.
On the one hand, some said it was a good idea for Youngkin to hitch his wagon to Trump’s star. That’s because the former POTUS has proven to be hugely influential within the Republican party.
On the other hand, Democrats say it’s a mistake to tie yourself to Trump’s “extremism.”
Then there were the new rumors that in fact, Trump and Youngkin really don’t even like each other. If true, that would throw even more fuel on the growing blaze in Virginia.
But according to Trump himself, that isn’t true at all. As he stated (via Washington Examiner):
The Fake News media, together with some of the perverts doing ads ad nauseam on primarily Fox (Fox shouldn’t take those ads!), are trying to create an impression that Glenn Youngkin and I are at odds and don’t like each other.
Importantly, this is not true, we get along very well together and strongly believe in many of the same policies. Especially when it comes to the important subject of education.
Considering that Trump did endorse Youngkin, it seems odd that such rumors persist.
But Trump sees it as just a tactic of the left to give McAuliffe an extra boost. On top of that, the former President doesn’t believe the election integrity in Virginia is 100 percent:
I am not a believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections, lots of bad things went on, and are going on.
The way you beat it is to flood the system and get out and vote.
McAuliffe is trying to use Trump’s influence and image against his opponent, too.
As the Democrat incumbent posted on Twitter:
Today Trump said that he and Glenn "get along very well together and believe in many of the same policies." We have rejected the racism, the hate, the division, and the lies of Donald Trump twice. And tomorrow, we will do it again.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) November 1, 2021
It’ll be interesting to see how everything unfolds. Trump is apparently planning a tele-rally to help support Youngkin tonight, and that’s destined to create plenty of energy on both sides of the aisle.
Trump has been in Youngkin’s corner for a long time, and he isn’t afraid to pull any punches when it comes to McAuliffe:
Remember this, Glenn Youngkin is a good man, a hardworking man, a successful man.
He loves Virginia and wants to cut your taxes, save your children’s education, and many other very good things.
Terry McAuliffe is a low-life politician who lies, cheats, and steals. He was a terrible high-tax governor and would be, if elected, an even worse governor again.
Trump added that citizens shouldn’t listen to the “Fake News and misleading advertisements,” and instead they should all “get out and vote for a man who will be a great governor, Glenn Youngkin!”
At last check, Youngkin held a slim 0.6% advantage over McAuliffe.
However, that’s a significant change in recent weeks: according to most polling back in mid-October, McAuliffe was ahead by 3%. Things have definitely shifted the Republican’s way since.
- Former President Donald Trump addressed rumors that he and Virginia GOP governor candidate Glenn Youngkin don’t like each other.
- Trump said it wasn’t true, and praised Youngkin for being a “good man, a hardworking man, a successful man.”
- He also slammed McAuliffe for being a “terrible high-tax governor,” and urged Virginia residents to vote for Youngkin.
Source: Washington Examiner