mcloudyn.png
Tuesday October 26th, 2021 1:12AM

GOP's Youngkin stays away from 'Take Back Virginia' rally

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans tried to fire up the party’s right-wing base ahead of Virginia's critical November elections Wednesday, at a rally marked by falsehoods about the 2020 election and tirades against vaccine and mask mandates.

The party’s nominee for governor, Glenn Youngkin, did not attend the event but got a warm embrace from Trump, who called in by phone, to urge a crowd of a few hundred in suburban Richmond to get out to vote for the businessman and first-time candidate.

“Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman,” said Trump, who had previously endorsed Youngkin, before he reiterated his lie that that Democrat Joe Biden won the White House because of mass voter fraud.

Other speakers at the “Take Back Virginia Rally” included former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon; Rep. Mark Finchem of Arizona, who has worked to overturn Trump’s 2020 loss in the state; and Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase, a prominent promoter of election fraud conspiracy theories. It was organized by conservative talk show host John Fredericks, a former Trump campaign chairman in Virginia.

The showcase of right-wing enthusiasm came as Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are locked in a tight race in Democratic-leaning Virginia, one of just two states with governors races this year. The Republican has focused his pitch at moderate and independent voters critical to success, but he also needs strong turnout among Trump followers.

That's left Youngkin treading carefully when addressing the lies about fraud promoted by Trump and others in his party. The Republican, who in his primary campaign declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected, has since said he believes he was — and that he does not believe there was significant fraud last November.

Youngkin’s campaign did not respond to questions from The Associated Press on Wednesday whether he expected Trump would campaign with him in the final stretch or why he chose not to attend Wednesday's event, apart from pointing out the candidate’s busy travel schedule Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, Youngkin called into Fredericks’ show and thanked him for hosting the event.

“We’re going to win this,” Fredericks said. "We’re gonna hold the Trump coalition together while Youngkin goes out there and appeals to independents.”

Rally attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag the event’s emcee said was carried at the “peaceful” rally Trump attended before his supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly attempted insurrection on Jan. 6.

Democrats condemned the event and blasted Youngkin after Trump's remarks.

“Glenn Youngkin has made it clear: his top priority is bringing Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda to Virginia. As Youngkin focuses his campaign on peddling right-wing conspiracies and advancing an extreme policy agenda, he is making it clearer than ever that he is too extreme for Virginia," said Manuel Bonder, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Democrats have also criticized Youngkin's continued willingness to campaign with Chase. The state senator from suburban Richmond also sought the nomination for governor this year and routinely shares misinformation about the security of Virginia's elections. Chase, who was censured by the Senate on a bipartisan basis earlier this year, has called for an “audit” of the 2020 election in Virginia and in December said Trump should invoke martial law to seize voting machines.

On Wednesday, she continued to focus on the false claims.

“We are going to do something about election integrity. And I know what’s going on, the Youngkin campaign knows what’s going on. We are watching like we have never watched before," she told the crowd.

Trump lost Virginia overwhelmingly to Democrat Joe Biden last year - a routine state audit confirmed the results - and no election was stolen from Trump.

Trump's former attorney general, William Barr, found no evidence of widespread election corruption. Allegations of massive voting fraud also were dismissed by several judges and refuted by state election officials and an arm of the Homeland Security Department during the Trump administration.

The Youngkin campaign has tried to draw a comparison between the false claims of fraud today and the 2000 presidential election, when a Supreme Court ruling decided the winner and McAuliffe blasted the decision and said the election had been stolen.

Winsome Sears, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, did not speak as scheduled. Her campaign did not respond to an inquiry Wednesday night.

An initial advisory said Jason Miyares, the GOP nominee for attorney general, would attend. But his spokeswoman, Victoria LaCivita, said by phone that was “a mistake, a miscommunication."

She added the candidate's schedule was full, with a debate against incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring earlier in the day and an evening event elsewhere.

Del. Terry Kilgore and Sen. Bill Stanley were at various points advertised as speakers but said they had work commitments and did not attend.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Political Conventions, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains
A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains is a threat to ranches and rural homes and is keeping a major highway shut down
8:31PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Arizona jury convicts airman in death of Mennonite woman
Jurors in Arizona have convicted a U.S. Air Force airman of first-degree murder in the death of a Mennonite woman who was living in New Mexico
8:28PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Red Sox ride home run laundry cart to ALCS against Astros
The Boston Red Sox have been celebrating home runs by giving the hitter a ride through the dugout in a laundry cart
8:18PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Dems consider new immigration plan for domestic policy bill
Senate aides and immigration advocates say Democrats are considering proposing that the government use its existing parole power to let about 7 million migrants stay temporarily in the United States
6:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate hopeful Herschel Walker cancels event over swastika
Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has called off a fundraiser in Texas because an organizer was displaying a swastika made of syringes in her social media profile
6:51PM ( 1 hour ago )
Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election
6:43PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Judge dismisses Fulton County ballot review case in Georgia
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged fraud in Georgia’s most populous county during the 2020 election
4:10PM ( 4 hours ago )
Prosecutor: Foreigner fueled Giuliani associate's donations
A prosecutor has opened the trial of an associate of Rudy Giuliani by accusing him of trying to use up to $1 million from a Russian financier to infiltrate U.S. elections
3:13PM ( 5 hours ago )
McAuliffe urges Dems to use muscle on voting, infrastructure
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, is calling on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together.”
10:56AM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Elections
Czech president hospitalized; Could affect forming new govt
Czech President Milos Zeman has been rushed to the hospital a day after a parliamentary election in which he has a key role in establishing a new government
2:54PM ( 3 days ago )
Czech president Zeman in hospital a day after election
Czech President Milos Zeman has been rushed to the hospital a day after the parliamentary election at a time when he has a key role in establishing a new government
7:26AM ( 3 days ago )
Iowa's GOP leaders stand by Trump as he repeats false claims
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds have embraced Donald Trump’s return to Iowa
11:43PM ( 3 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
Why Democrats’ climate goals may test their Latino appeal
Congressional Democrats are going bigger than ever on the environment, with a spending package they're trying to muscle through
7:46AM ( 1 week ago )
McAuliffe, Youngkin hold fiery debate on vaccinations, taxes
Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin got off to a combative start in the second and final debate in Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial election
1:34AM ( 2 weeks ago )
Debate takeaways: Virginia governor candidates go on attack
It was a testy second and final debate in Virginia’s high-stakes governor’s race between Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin
12:17AM ( 2 weeks ago )
AP Elections - Political Conventions
As GOP blocks, Biden escalates warnings of US default
President Joe Biden is escalating his campaign to get Congress to lift the federal debt limit
12:36PM ( 1 week ago )
Virginia GOP candidate tests school fight message for 2022
When Democrat Terry McAuliffe said during the Virginia governor’s debate last week that he doesn’t believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” his opponent pounced
9:43AM ( 1 week ago )
As GOP obstructs, Biden escalates warnings of default
President Joe Biden is escalating his campaign to get Congress to lift the federal debt limit
8:38AM ( 1 week ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains
A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains is a threat to ranches and rural homes and is keeping a major highway shut down
8:31PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Arizona jury convicts airman in death of Mennonite woman
Jurors in Arizona have convicted a U.S. Air Force airman of first-degree murder in the death of a Mennonite woman who was living in New Mexico
8:28PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Red Sox ride home run laundry cart to ALCS against Astros
The Boston Red Sox have been celebrating home runs by giving the hitter a ride through the dugout in a laundry cart
8:18PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Border residents rejoice as US says it will lift travel ban
Beleaguered business owners and families separated by COVID-19 are celebrating after the Biden administration says it will reopen U.S. land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze
7:55PM ( 54 minutes ago )
From cars to gasoline, surging prices match a 13-year high
Consumer prices rose 0.4% last month, slightly higher than August’s gain and pushing annual inflation back to the highest increase in 13 years
7:28PM ( 1 hour ago )