Richmond, Va. — Today, the Democratic Party of Virginia called on Ed Gillespie to cancel all scheduled campaign events with Vice President Mike Pence this upcoming weekend. Several minutes later, it was reported that Pence was “opening up his plans,” and had cancelled his upcoming events with the Republican gubernatorial nominee.
“‘Opening up his plans’ is just a delicate way of saying that Mike Pence and the Trump White House are politically toxic in Virginia,” said DPVA spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “Virginians in both parties have been horrified by the White House’s reaction to Charlottesville. It’s time for Gillespie to finally stand with the people of Virginia and condemn President Trump’s vile defense of white supremacists.”
CNN Correspondent Ryan Nobles tweeted:
“This event was scheduled for Sat. @VADemocrats were calling on Gillespie to pull out of the event. @VP's office he's "opening up his plans."
WUSA 9’s Mike Valerio also reported:
#Breaking: @VP Pence won't appear w Virginia Gov Candidate @EdWGillespie - just as @vademocrats demanded in wake of #Charlottesville @WUSA9