Democrats swept today’s election in Virginia with an unprecedented victory for the Governorship, LT Governorship, and Attorney General seats, along with potentially picking up 12 delegate seats in the General Assembly. In addition, the first transgender woman, Danica Roem, was elected to the General Assembly unseating her anti-LGBTQ rival, Bob Marshall.
Even with the massive sweep by Virginia Democrats, President Trump was quick to blame his party’s failure on Ed Gillespie’s inability to embrace him. In a tweet posted 30 minutes ago, Trump said, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
Gillespie, while not outwardly embracing Trump during the campaign, embraced the president’s messaging strategies and tactics, using the politics of fear and race-baiting to paint Ralph Northam as someone who was weak on crime and supported MS-13 – the international criminal gang. Clearly, Virginians throughout the Commonwealth did not agree with Gillespie or Trump.