Youngkin was nowhere to be found at the rally, but his push into politics tinged every major moment, which culminated in a phone call from Trump. The former president called Youngkin “a great gentleman” and continued pushing his conspiracy theories of 2020 presidential election fraud.
“We won in 2016. We won in 2020 — the most corrupt election in the history of our country, probably one of the most corrupt anywhere. But we’re gonna win it again,” Trump said, mere hours after releasing a statement urging Republicans not to vote “if we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020.”
Rally organizer John Fredericks gave a contradictory reading of Trump’s words when reached by The Washington Post, claiming Trump meant to inspire more voter engagement. Fredericks also effused that Youngkin was thrilled with the rally and even gave him campaign signs to distribute.
Youngkin, for his part, hasn’t exactly distanced himself from the Steve Bannon-headlined event.
He was downright appreciative in a radio segment with Fredericks, who hosted the Wednesday rally. Democratic candidate and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe released audio of the exchange on Twitter.
Naturally, #GlennTrumpkin soon began trending on Twitter. It’s downright easy to dunk on a rally like this: Bannon claimed his MAGA coalition would governor for a century, evoking Hitler’s promise that the Third Reich would reign for 1,000 years; Fredericks, who co-chaired Trump’s Virginia efforts in the 2020 election, made his own hyperpartisan news site to push election conspiracy theories while decrying “fake news”; the list goes on and on.
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