Trump-endorsed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin on Thursday distanced himself from an event held by Trump ally Steve Bannon last night in which attendees pledged a allegiance to a flag that was supposedly flown at the January 6th "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Capitol riots.
NBC News reports that Youngkin told reporters that he was generally unaware of the events that occurred on Wednesday, when former President Donald Trump phoned in to give Youngkin his endorsement for governor even though the candidate himself was not present.
"I wasn't involved, so I don't know," Youngkin said when asked about pledging allegiance to the January 6th flag. "But if that was the case, then we shouldn't pledge allegiance to that flag. And by the way, I've been so clear, there is no place for violence — none, none — in America today. We have our rights to assemble and protest protected... but there is no room for violence."
Youngkin also wouldn't say whether he'd want Trump to campaign for him in Virginia as he heads into the final stretch in a tight race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
"The person that's going to be campaigning here for the next two-and-half weeks is Glenn Youngkin," he said. "I am on the ballot."