The subject of Youngkin’s closeness to Trump has been the subject of much debate in the race for governor of Virginia, with former governor Terry McAuliffe – the Democratic nominee – taking up Youngkin’s comment in May that the former president ” so represents why I’m running. ”
McAuliffe’s top Democratic surrogates have also criticized Youngkin’s support for Trump and accused him of adopting a more extreme version of conservatism than the type he promotes among Virginia voters in general.
“Extremism can take many forms. It can take the rage of a mob pushed to attack the Capitol. It can take the form of a smile and a fleece vest,” President Joe Biden said at the time. of a rally in McAuliffe last week, in reference to Youngkin. outfit of choice in the countryside.
As the race has intensified in recent weeks, Youngkin has largely avoided invoking Trump at official events, instead aiming to cultivate a more subdued image to please Virginia’s swing-voting suburbs. Youngkin distanced himself from a GOP rally in Virginia last month where Trump spoke by phone and supporters took the pledge of allegiance to an American flag which organizers said was present at the event. January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
On Monday, Trump argued that “[t]Fake news and perverts work over time to try to convince people that we don’t like each other, and as a result, my big and unprecedented Make America Great Again base will not be showing up to vote. “
Since leaving office, the former president has maintained an almost unique focus on perpetuating his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, and he repeated in his statement on Monday that he considers the system Virginia’s vote as a compromise.
“I don’t believe in the integrity of the Virginia election, a lot of bad things have happened and continue,” Trump said. But he added that “[t]The way you beat him is to flood the system and go out and vote. “
Trump went on to describe Youngkin, a former executive at investment firm The Carlyle Group, as “a good man, a hard working man, a successful man” who “loves Virginia and wants to cut your taxes, save money. education of your children and many other very good things. “
Just as McAuliffe pointed out Youngkin’s ties to Trump, the Republican nominee has targeted his Democratic rival on issues such as child rearing and critical race theory. Specifically, Youngkin trumpeted McAuliffe’s remarks during a debate in September, when the former governor said, “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should be teaching.”
According to the RealClearPolitics poll average of recent polls in Virginia, Youngkin is 1.6 percentage points ahead of McAuliffe a day before the election.