November 3, 2017 News & Press Releases · Press Releases and Announcements

STATEMENT: Donald Trump Will Not Campaign with Ed Gillespie

by Democratic Party of Virginia

STATEMENT: Donald Trump Will Not Campaign with Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie Has a Base Problem — and Donald Trump Isn’t Going to Help Him Solve It

DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement today on the definitive fact that Donald Trump will not campaign with Ed Gillespie:

“Donald Trump would rather be 7,000 miles away in Asia than campaign with Ed Gillespie. And that’s bad news for Ed. He sold his soul to Trump and Steve Bannon and at the last minute they decided he can’t win.

“Ed is caught in a swamp of his own making.  He offended moderates and independent minded voters with his Trumpian campaign, yet the very Trump voters he hoped to win over with a final appearance by President Trump are showing the same passion for Ed that the President has: none.

“The numbers speak for themselves. Just last night, Gillespie was in ruby red Augusta County and could only draw a puny crowd of 60 people. A few days before, Ralph Northam was in Waynesboro and had 250 people at his event. Ed Gillespie’s GOTV schedule is even more revealing: he’s campaigning with Never Trumpers and Donald Trump opponents like Carly Fiorina — and avoiding the parts of Virginia that were most enthusiastic about the President. Does anyone really think Carly Fiorina who couldn't seal the deal for herself is going to be able to seal the deal for Ed Gillespie?

“Four days before Election Day, Ed Gillespie — the king of the DC swamp — is struggling in Trump country. And Donald Trump isn’t going to show up and bail him out.”


Enthusiastic voters greet Gillespie at Augusta County rally
News Virginian // Bob Stuart

He was here to "get out the vote" in Augusta County, with Election Day just five days away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and his message was received enthusiastically by the 60-plus person crowd.


Lt. Governor Ralph Northam stops in Valley for last minute campaigning
WHSV // Matthew Fultz  

As the candidates make their final push before the election, Democrat Ralph Northam is visiting the Valley. Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam made his stop in the Valley on Monday speaking to voters one last time before the election next week. "People are really looking for leadership, they're looking for civility. And that's what really what our campaign brings to the table this year," Northam said. More than 250 people packed the Best Western in Waynesboro Monday night, to hear the message Northam is relaying to voters.