Richmond, VA — This week, new reporting has revealed just how beholden to Donald Trump’s dangerous lies Glenn Youngkin truly is. At a recent campaign event, Youngkin suggested that the courts could reinstate Trump into office:
“I don’t know the particulars about how that can happen, because what’s happening in the court system is moving slowly and it’s unclear. And we all know the courts move slowly.”
After this alarming report, Youngkin was met with another round of negative headlines.
- MSNBC: Virginia's Youngkin can't shake election conspiracy theories
- The Bulwark: Glenn Youngkin Keeps Stoking the Election Conspiracy Fire
- Bearing Drift: Glenn Youngkin Breathes New Life Into the Big Lie
- National Journal: Glenn Youngkin is missing a message in Virginia
Now, Glenn Youngkin is being slammed yet again for his unhinged allegiance to Donald Trump’s dangerous election lies.
Read key excerpts below and see the full opinion here.
The Washington Post: Opinion: Glenn Youngkin’s policy rollout is overshadowed by the ‘big lie’
By Norman Leahy
[Youngkin is] still playing footsie with the Trump dead-enders who’ve brought the GOP so low.
The most recent instance: his inability to denounce the conspiracy theory that former president Donald Trump (and other defeated Republicans) will soon be restored to office.
At a recent campaign event, an audience member insisted that “Trump won,” the election results were “all fraud,” that a number of Virginia races were “stolen” and Trump will return in “August or September.” The audience member asked Youngkin whether Trump’s fantastical return would help get “our people back in office.”
Rather than politely but firmly say there is no means, method or reason that will restore Trump to the presidency, Youngkin offered a bizarre word salad instead:
“I don’t know the particulars about how that can happen, because what’s happening in the court system is moving slowly and it’s unclear. And we all know the courts move slowly …”
That’s an unforced error. Youngkin tried to change the subject, saying, again, that Joe Biden was legitimately elected to the presidency. No dice. He had the chance to put a stake through the QAnon cancer coursing through the GOP and didn’t.
But not all is lost. The 5th Congressional District “conspiracy-palooza” happens this weekend. Officially billed as an election integrity event, GOP lieutenant governor nominee Winsome Sears and GOP attorney general nominee Jason Miyares, who were dubbed “featured guests” on the announcement, now have plans to campaign elsewhere. Youngkin, who said he’d stop by, hasn’t made similar plans.
He should make other plans now and get to work advocating for his newfound policies rather than feeding the big lie.