Attendees at a Virginia rally for the state’s GOP ticket shocked their Democratic counterparts on Wednesday, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag allegedly flown through the Jan. 6 Capitol riot (which they claimed to be a “peaceable” occasion).
The “Take Again Virginia” rally, headlined by former adviser to former President Donald Trump Stephen Bannon, was geared toward galvanizing the GOP’s right-wing base forward of the state’s “important November elections,” stories The Washington Post and The Associated Press. Though the social gathering’s nominee for governor, Glenn Youngkin, didn’t attend the occasion, he obtained a “heat embrace from Trump, who called in by telephone,” per AP. And regardless of his absence, Youngkin reportedly additionally thanked organizer John Fredericks “profusely” for arranging the occasion, and “equipped him with marketing campaign indicators handy out,” Fredericks advised the Submit. Politico notes that Youngkin has, in a “needle-threading” bid at thrilling the GOP base, been attempting to “conjure the spirit of Trump” with out having Trump come to Virginia himself, in order to keep away from scaring away any “GOP curious independents.”
Bannon kicked off the Wednesday rally “by repeating Trump’s false claims concerning the 2020 election and predicting Trump’s return — in 2024, if not earlier than,” writes the Submit. And when it was Trump’s flip to name in, he known as Youngkin a “nice gentleman” earlier than asserting that “we’re gonna win it once more.”
“We received in 2016. We received in 2020 — essentially the most corrupt election within the historical past of our nation, most likely some of the corrupt anyplace,” Trump stated. “However we’re gonna win it once more.”
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