Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin Responds to Criticism After Trump Swipe
Former President Donald Trump has been lobbing internet remarks at prominent Republicans after dissapointing midterm election results began appearing Tuesday.
The former president has focused most of his attention on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) but Friday lashed out at Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA).
Political analysts were not surprised at invective against DeSantis because his commanding reelection bid fueled talk of a 2024 presidential run. As a potential contender for the Republican Party nominee for president, the Florida governor would be considered fair game for a worried competitor.
Youngkin, on the other hand, was not on Tuesday’s ballot, and little-to-no talk has surfaced supporting him as a presidential candidate. Youngkin capitalized on public education issues to flip the state from an expected Democratic win to a red state surprise in an off-election year.
“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me,” the 45th president said in a post to his Truth account. “I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning. But he knows that, and admits it. Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia – But he’ll get it done!”
The Virginian declined repeatedly to criticize the former president when pressed by reporters after a Veterans Day event at the Virginia War Memorial, according to a Virginia Mercury report.
“Listen, you all know me. I do not call people names,” the Virginia governor said Friday. “I really work hard to bring people together.”
A reporter informed him Trump was calling him a name, according to the Mercury report.
“Well, that’s what I’m saying,” responded Youngkin. “And I just, that’s not the way I roll and not the way I behave. And I think, again, this is a moment for us to come together as a nation.”