Former President Donald Trump on the eve of the highly anticipated gubernatorial election in Virginia in a statement Monday called on the people of Virginia to “flood the system and stand out and vote” for Republican Glenn Youngkin.
Trump accused the “fake news media” of “trying to create” a fake account of Trump’s relationship with Youngkin, and accused the media of trying to dissuade his “big and unprecedented base Make America Great Again” from turning out on Tuesday .
The former president said the media “are trying to create the impression that Glenn Youngkin and I are at loggerheads and don’t like each other. Importantly, this is not true. Together, we understand each other very well and strongly believe in many of the same policies. Especially when it comes to an important subject of education. “
As another reason for the “flooding of the system,” Trump reiterated his concerns about electoral integrity, which he has persistently talked about since leaving office, as he often focuses on electoral battlefield countries such as Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin.
Trump also praised Youngkin as a “good man,” adding that Youngkin “adores Virginia and wants to lower your taxes, save your children’s education, and many other very good things.”
He denounced former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate running for his old job, as “a lowly politician who lies, cheats and steals. He was a terrible governor with high taxes, and if he were elected, he would be an even worse governor again. “
McAuliffe, however, used Trump as a means to attack his opponent at every opportunity in a country that voted ten points in favor of President Joe Biden in 2020.
A Democrat from Virginia has accused Youngkin, who Trump backed early on, of being a “Trumpian” and a “Trump wannabe,” and has repeatedly linked the two Republicans, though Youngkin rarely mentions Trump’s name in the election campaign.
McAuliffe responded to Trump’s statement Monday by continuing to sell the link between the two:
Trump said today that he and Glenn “understand each other very well and believe in many of the same policies.” We have twice rejected Donald Trump’s racism, hatred, division, and lies. And we will do it again tomorrow.
– Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) November 1, 2021
Ahead of election day, Youngkin decided not to ally with any big-name Republicans – including Trump – while McAuliffe has attracted several key Democrat players in recent weeks, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) and First Lady Jill Biden.
Trump, however, is still advertising Youngkin from the side and plans to hold a teleconference for the Republican from Virginia on Monday at 8 p.m. Event announcement teased that it will have “tens of thousands of participants in the largest tele-rally to date.” Youngkin has no plans to attend the event as he concludes his state bus tour “Win with Glenn” at the center of the educational wars, in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Monday night.
Trump reiterated in a second statement Monday afternoon that “everything is at stake in this election and every MAGA voter should strongly support Glenn Youngkin.”
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