Donald Trump is continuing his outburst amid poor election results and news that legitimate Republican contenders are on the rise for the 2024 presidential election. One of those possible contenders, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin became Trump’s latest target on Friday, after the former president spent Thursday attacking Ron DeSantis. With a runoff in Georgia still ahead, it would benefit Republicans to be unified and rally around Herschel Walker, but Trump seems to be making it about himself.
Trump posted on his Truth Social account, saying of Youngkin:
“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me,”
“I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning. But he knows that, and admits it. Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia – But he’ll get it done!”
The comments are particularly interesting because Youngkin was careful to not be tied too closely with Trump during his 2021 campaign and many saw his victory as a blueprint for how to win without Trump’s support.
It’s unclear what provoked Trump’s jab at Youngkin, though Virginia’s Republican lieutenant governor Winsome Sears did tell Fox news on Thursday that she “couldn’t” support Trump if he made a third bid for the Oval Office in 2024.
“I could not support him. I just couldn’t,” said Sears, adding that voters are saying “enough is enough” in relation to Trump through their midterm votes.
“A true leader understands when they have become a liability,” said the lieutenant governor. “A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage, and the voters have given us that very clear message.”