Erstwhile President Donald Trump urges his Virginia supporters on Monday night to turn out for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin — saying Tuesday’s election is their opportunity to “send a very strong message” to Democrats ahead of next year’s midterms.
“Tomorrow, I’d like to ask everyone to get out and vote for Glenn Youngkin,” Trump stated during the “tele-rally,” according to Fox News. “He’s a fantastic guy.”
“This is your chance to break the grip on the radical left, that they have on the commonwealth,”
the 45th president added.
“You can send a very strong message to Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC plus three. You’ve got to send a message to this really corrupt media.”
Trump also threw in a few pokes at Youngkin’s Democratic opposition, Terry McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia between 2014 and 2018.
“Very shady Terry McAuliffe, I know him very well,” he said. “He was not a successful governor, he was not a good governor, but he’s gotten worse. He’s made a corrupt bargain with the radical left, the extremists who control the Democratic Party.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally in Richmond, Va.
Trump also cautions Virginians that McAuliffe would be “looking to massively raise your taxes,” was “weak on crime” and would “shred your Second Amendment,” in a reflection of his pre-election Oratory from years past.
Youngkin did not participate in the tele-rally, since he was traveling from Virginia Beach to the town of Leesburg in Loudoun County for his final mass meeting of the campaign.
Trump’s virtual appearance was a follow up of an emailed declaration earlier Monday, in which he stress that Youngkin has had “my Complete and Total Endorsement for many months!”
“Everything is on the line in this election, and every MAGA voter should strongly support Glenn Youngkin,” Trump cautioned. “We must win bigger than the margin of fraud by flooding the polls with those that believe in America First. Please vote on Tuesday for Glenn Youngkin — he will not let you down!”
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Iowa States Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
Youngkin has successfully avoided Trump during the grueling campaign. He received the one-time president’s approval after winning the Republican nomination in May, but has denied his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by the Democrats, and clearly declared wrong the fatally Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters at the US Capitol.
McAuliffe and his supporters, although, have tried to link Trump with Youngkin in an effort to shore up votes among suburbanites who assisted President Biden carry Virginia by 10 percentage points last year.
On Oct. 25, for instance, Biden mentioned Trump’s name two dozen times in a 17-minute declaration he gave at a rally for McAuliffe in Arlington, Va.
McAuliffe seemed to change tack over the weekend, saying Saturday that the election was “not about Trump.”
“It is just killing Trump that he is not here, obviously,”
McAuliffe declared to CNN.
“I think Trump is trying to play whichever happens, Trump is always going to claim credit for himself no matter whatever happens. Trump is very unpopular in this state. Everyone knows that. That is probably why Youngkin doesn’t want him. I’d love to have him come in. But you know… this is not about Trump.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally in Chesterfield, Va.
McAuliffe had return to form at his own election eve rally in Fairfax County, wrongly asserting that Youngkin was “doing an event” with Trump.
Meanwhile most polls and analysts forecast the outcome of Tuesday’s election is most likely to be a tossup, a close examination have shown a large shift in Youngkin’s direction in new weeks.
The website Five Thirty Eight’s polling average indicates the Republican leading by 1 percentage point Monday evening, whereas the Real Clear Politics polling average indicated Youngkin up by 1.7 percentage points.