Former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to boost debt ceiling Georgia reporter says state will ‘proceed to be a premier battleground’ Elections administrator in Texas county Trump gained resigns after marketing campaign to oust her MORE known as into the “Take Back Virginia Rally” on Wednesday forward of the state’s gubernatorial and House of Delegates elections subsequent month, praising GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin.
“Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman. Really successful, he loves this state, we gotta get him in,” Trump informed rally goers earlier than calling Democratic nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe “a lousy governor.”
Youngkin was by no means slated to attend the rally, which was hosted by Virginia-based conservative discuss present host John Fredericks in Glen Allen, Va. The occasion featured different well-known GOP figures within the state, together with lieutenant governor nominee Winsome Sears and state Sen. Amanda Chase (R).
Trump’s lower than five-minute call-in to the rally was a distinction to a rally he held in Iowa over the weekend the place he stood side-by-side with senior Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations – Dems debate scaled-back Biden agenda What’s at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – House debt vote at this time; Biden struggles to unite MORE (R-Iowa), who’s working for reelection subsequent yr.
While the previous president endorsed Youngkin earlier this yr, he has but to marketing campaign with the Republican nominee in Virginia this yr. Trump misplaced Virginia within the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and main Democratic features have been made within the governor’s mansion and General Assembly throughout his administration.
Youngkin has stated earlier than that he was honored to have acquired Trump’s endorsement.
The former president stated throughout his call-in that he was excited by holding a rally in Virginia sooner or later.
“We’ll have to do one together when we’re live together too,” Trump stated.
The former president additionally careworn the necessity to preserve GOP enthusiasm up within the state.
“I believe that Virginia is very, very winnable, but we have to get everyone to get out and vote,” he stated.
Recent polls present Youngkin and McAuliffe neck and neck, with most surveys exhibiting McAuliffe forward however inside the margin of error. Democrats and Republicans are viewing the race as a bellwether forward of subsequent yr’s midterms.
A variety of high-profile Democrats will marketing campaign with McAuliffe within the days forward, together with President BidenJoe BidenHouse votes to boost debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare profit expansions ‘not negotiable’ MORE, first girl Jill BidenJill BidenMcAuliffe, Youngkin in lifeless warmth: ballot McAuliffe brings in large weapons as Democratic worries develop over Virginia McAuliffe says Biden will marketing campaign with him forward of Virginia governor’s election MORE, former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcAuliffe, Youngkin in lifeless warmth: ballot McAuliffe brings in large weapons as Democratic worries develop over Virginia Is the Biden administration afraid of commerce? MORE, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.