October 19, 2021 News & Press Releases

Will Glenn Youngkin Denounce Donald Trump’s Heinous Attacks on the Late Colin Powell?

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Glenn Youngkin’s Top Endorser Donald Trump Attacked the Former Secretary of State After He Passed Away From COVID-19 Complications

Richmond, VA –– Glenn Youngkin’s top ally Donald Trump despicably attacked former Secretary of State Colin Powell after he passed away from COVID-19 complications Monday. Political figures from both parties commemorated Powell’s life and accomplishments – but Donald Trump unleashed a vile attack, attacking his integrity and legacy in a sickening statement. 

Will Glenn Youngkin distance himself from his top endorser and surrogate? Or will he embrace Donald Trump’s attacks on Powell by staying silent, just as he has embraced Donald Trump’s agenda and conspiracy theories?

See the calls for Glenn Youngkin to speak out:

Bill Kristol (@BillKristol): Is @GlennYoungkin fine with this repulsive statement by his man Trump about our fellow Virginian, the late Colin Powell?

Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast): Looking forward to hearing Glenn Youngkin defend this

Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart): Youngkin needs to be asked today whether he can defend this statement and does he still accept Trump's endorsement.  It's a pressing question.  Not repudiating Trump means he's ok with this. He's trying to have it both ways -- media please don't let him.

Jeff Schapiro (@RTDSchapiro): A question, indeed, for @GlennYoungkin, given that he runs with - and from - Trump. There’s another side to the Powell story - a Virginia side. All three of the Powell children were graduated from W&M. Son Michael was rector. Gen. & Mrs. headed parents’ council.

Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT): In same vein as saying Haitian migrants have AIDS. Rs can avert gaze but this is what they’re embracing when they stick w Trump. And as long as they do - while privately faulting their voters for demanding it - the longer Dems will run McAuliffe-style campaigns against Trump.

Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA): So…  @GlennYoungkin , care to comment on Trump & Virginia’s own, Colin Powell?  TRUMP: Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully… Hope that happens to me someday. 

Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato): No decent human being will defend Trump’s malevolent, spiteful, narcissistic statement on Gen. Powell. But those Republicans who keep silent today will speak volumes about how Trump has debased them and their once-great party. Candidates with no courage never deserve our votes. 

Jeff Schapiro (@RTDSchapiro): Well, apologies to  @GlennYoungkin. Here’s his gracious statement from yesterday on Gen. Powell’s death. But the question stands: What does Youngkin make of Trump’s ungracious statement on Powell?

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC): When is a reporter going to ask @GlennYoungkin if he will denounce Trump's disgusting attack on Colin Powell today?