Former President Donald Trump implied Wednesday that he plans to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in Virginia, a day after President Joe Biden baited him to do so.
"Chanting, 'We love Trump' in Arlington, Va. Thank you, Arlington, see you soon!" Trump said in a brief statement shared by spokeswoman Liz Harrington on Twitter.
Taylor Budowich, director of communications for Trump's Save America PAC, added: "Virginia loves President Donald J. Trump and his MAGA movement will be delivering a major victory to Trump-endorsed businessman @GlennYoungkin. President Trump looks forward to being back in Virginia! Details will be released when appropriate."
During a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday, Biden brought up the fact that Youngkin previously heaped praise on Trump but now seems to want nothing to do with the former president.
"Terry's opponent has made all of his private pledges of loyalty to Donald Trump," Biden said. "And what's really interesting to me: He won't stand next to Donald Trump now that the campaign's on! Think about it! He won't allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state."
"He's willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private, why not in public?" Biden said. "What's he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?"
S.V. Date, a White House reporter for the Huffington Post, noted in response to Budowich's post that Biden defeated Trump in Virginia by 10 points last year.
"Here's the former president who tried to overthrow American democracy, now threatening to tank Glenn Youngkin's campaign for Virginia governor," Date wrote in response to Trump's statement. "In 2019, 2020, I do not recall seeing a single Trump sign in Arlington. Not one. When the networks called the election for Biden that Saturday, there was cheering and horn-honking in the streets. In contrast, there are plenty of residents proud to advertise their support of Youngkin."
'This is domestic terrorism': Philadelphia GOP commissioner details MAGA death threats against his kids
Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt on Wednesday hammered supporters of former President Donald Trump who have been threatening election officials across the United States.
Appearing before the United States Senate, Schmidt detailed the violent threats he has received ever since Trump lost the state of Pennsylvania in 2020.
"I am a Republican and I believe that counting votes in a democracy is a sacred responsibility," he said. "For doing my job counting votes, I'd like to share with you some of the messages sent to me and my family: 'Tell the truth or your three kids will be fatally shot.'"
Schmidt emphasized that this threat also included the names of his children as well as his family's home address, and also a photo of their house.
The threat concluded by warning, "RINOs steal elections, we steal lives."
Schmidt said that there were even worse threats sent to his family that he was not sharing because they were so "graphic."
"Let's be clear: This is domestic terrorism," Schmidt said. "The whole point is to terrorize, to intimidate, to coerce, and to prevent our democracy from functioning as it should. In my case, this happened in the city where our democracy first began."
Watch the video below.
“This is domestic terrorism. The whole point is to terrorize, to intimidate, and to coerce, and to prevent our demo… https://t.co/hQRLCxp9kC— Commissioner Al Schmidt (@Commissioner Al Schmidt) 1635362558.0
In an op-ed published at the New York Daily News this Wednesday, CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp slammed conservatives for taking an opportunity to dump on actor Alec Baldwin in the wake of the accidental shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of a movie he was starring in.
Cupp admits that Baldwin is "a fairly unsympathetic figure" and has done "pretty lamentable things" in the past, but according to Cupp, he's not to blame for the circumstances that led to Halyna Hutchins being killed and director Joel Souza being injured.
"But for some on the right, Baldwin's tragic accident is an opportunity — a grotesque kind of comeuppance for being, well, a jerk, and more to the point, a jerk who openly supports more gun control," Cupp writes. "Somehow, to them, it's just too delicious to resist driving home the point that someone who wants to restrict other people's access to firearms has accidentally killed someone with a prop gun. Apparently, they think this is ironic."
Cupp listed an array of right-wingers, including Donald Trump, who chimed in to disparage Baldwin when the shooting made headlines but to "parse the so-called 'politics' of the right wing's morbid schadenfreude over an innocent woman's accidental death is an exercise in futility and frustration."
Cupp went on to say that Baldwin's anti-gun stance isn't diminished by the tragedy.
"Responsible gun owners don't delight in accidental shootings; we lament them."
Read the full op-ed over at the New York Daily News.
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