Glenn Youngkin Tries To Distance Himself From Event Where Supporters P…

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is distancing himself from a Wednesday night event in sustain of him where attendees pledged to a flag that was said to be flown at the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

The flag was flown at the “Take Back Virginia Rally” in Henrico County that was hosted by conservative radio great number John Fredericks. At the start of the event, the emcee introduced a woman holding an American flag that she said “was carried at the peaceful rally with Donald J. Trump on January 6.” The flag was then used for  the potential of Allegiance.

Youngkin, who has tied himself to Mr. Trump’s base during the GOP dominant by focusing on “election integrity,” was not at the event but denounced the alleged flag’s use for the potential on Thursday.

“If that is the case then we shouldn’t potential allegiance to that flag. I’ve been so clear, there is no place for violence. None, none in America today. We have our right to assemble and protest protected in this great country and this great commonwealth. But there is no room for violence,” he said after a rally Thursday.

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Political strategist Steve Bannon gestures during an election rally in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. 

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Later Thursday, Youngkin issued a statement saying he had “no role” in the rally, and he called it “weird and wrong” to “potential allegiance to a flag connected to January 6.” 

Additionally, former President Trump dialed in during the Wednesday night event and voiced his sustain for Youngkin. Mr. Trump endorsed Youngkin earlier this year and floated the idea of an in-person rally in sustain of him before Election Day.

“Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman. We got to get him in,” he said. “You have a chance to get one of the most successful business people in the country. I hope Glenn gets in there… I really believe that Virginia is very, very winnable. But people got to get out there and vote.”

meaningful Trump strategist Stephen Bannon also spoke at the event on Wednesday. On Thursday, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack said it would try to keep up Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with a subpoena.

Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase, who ran in the GOP dominant against Youngkin but now has been campaigning for him, at the Wednesday rally also perpetuated the baseless claim of extensive fraud in the 2020 election. Youngkin said Thursday that “the only chief surrogate for Glenn Youngkin, is Glenn Youngkin.”

Democratic candidate and former governor Terry McAuliffe condemned the flag potential on Thursday morning, and called on Youngkin to respond.

“They really brought a flag up there and they did the potential of allegiance to a flag that was used to bring down the democracy that that American flag symbolizes,” McAuliffe said.

Former President Trump , whose former allies were subpoenaed by the Congressional committee investigating the insurrection, also dialed in during the rally and voiced his sustain for Youngkin. Mr. Trump endorsed Youngkin earlier this year and floated the idea of an in-person rally in sustain of him before Election Day.

“Glenn Youngkin is a great gentleman. We got to get him in,” he said. “You have a chance to get one of the most successful business people in the country. I hope Glenn gets in there… I really believe that Virginia is very, very winnable. But people got to get out there and vote.”

McAuliffe and his campaign have looked to tie Youngkin closer to Mr. Trump the whole race, and launched an ad showing Mr. Trump’s call on Thursday. President Biden won the state by 10 points in 2020, and Trump’s presidency is largely cited by Democrats as a reason the state has turned more Democratic in the past five years.

An October CBS News poll shows a very close race in Virginia, with McAuliffe up three points amongst likely voters. Mr. Trump is a motivating factor for 53% of McAuliffe voters and 49% for Youngkin voters. Feelings towards Mr. Biden is fueling 58% of Youngkin voters and 41% of McAuliffe voters, according to the poll.

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