On Tuesday night, former President Donald Trump said that Republican Glenn Youngkin winning Virginia governor’s race proved that “The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before.”
“Glenn will be a great governor,” Trump said in a statement, thanking the MAGA base for turning out and flipping the state red.
Trump endorsed Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial race but did not show up and campaign for him in the state.
The victory for Youngkin was improbable. Republicans had not won a statewide election in over a decade. Just last year, Joe Biden soundly trounced Trump by 10 points in the Commonwealth.
Unsurprisingly, many did not give Youngkin a chance to win. But win he did. All major media outlets eventually declared Youngkin as the winner on Tuesday.
Trump said that Youngkin’s victory was made possible by strong turnout from the Make America Great Again coalition that backed his presidency.
“I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin,” Trump wrote. “Without you, he would not have been close to winning.”
Trump then bashed Youngkin’s opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, for focusing as much on him as his opponent.
“All McAuliffe did was talk Trump, Trump, Trump and he lost! What does that tell you, Fake News?” Trump asked. “I guess people running for office as Democrats won’t be doing that too much longer.”
Trump said he never had to rally in Virginia because of McAuliffe’s attempt to tie him to Youngkin.
“I didn’t even have to go rally for Youngkin, because McAuliffe did it for me,” Trump said.
“We have a great relationship and he’s a fantastic guy,” Trump said of Youngkin, praising his “tremendous success” as a businessman.
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