Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin wouldn’t say Thursday whether he wanted former President Trump stumping for him, highlighting the tightrope he is walking in trying to appeal to Trump supporters and critics in an increasingly blue state.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Youngkin said that the person who would be stumping for him leading up to the election “is Glenn Youngkin,” according to NBC News.
“Anybody who calls me a good man, I so appreciate it, including President Trump,” Youngkin responded after being asked again whether he wanted the former president to campaign alongside him.
The comments followed a “Take Back Virginia” rally on Wednesday, in which attendees pledged allegiance to a flag that was reportedly flown just prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol.
Trump also called into the rally, praising Youngkin as a “great gentleman” and even saying the two should campaign together.
“We’ll have to do one together when we’re live together too,” Trump said.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe quickly seized on Trump’s comments during the Wednesday rally in an ad released Thursday that linked Trump to Youngkin.
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