Too bad, so sad. That’s basically how President Trump responded after Republican Ed Gillespie lost Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial race.
“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
President Trump sent the tweet from South Korea, where he broke new diplomatic ground with our Asian allies to neutralize North Korea.
While the mainstream media is gloating that Gillespie’s defeat was a referendum on Trump, it bears noting that Virginia is a blue state. Northern Virginia (which is a suburb of liberal Washington, D.C.) is mostly liberal, while the southern part of Virginia leans pro-Trump.
Gillespie intentionally distanced himself from Trump in the lead-up to the election, and did not ask the president to campaign with him. That was a fatal mistake, since Trump is popular in some parts of southern Virginia.
However, Trump did record robo-calls urging Virginians to vote for Gillespie.
Many Trump supporters did not embrace Ed Gillespie because he’s a typical establishment Republican (like Jeb Bush) with centrist views. Gillespie was not a populist like President Trump. In today’s polarized political climate, walking the middle path is a sure way to get run over.
Still, Gillespie did surprisingly well, considering supporters of his opponent Ralph Northam ran a shocking ad accusing Gillespie and his voters of being homicidal white supremacists who were hunting down minority children in pickup trucks.
The ad was removed immediately after an Islamist terrorist murdered 8 white people in New York by running over them with a truck.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 31, 2017
Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Gillespie tried to play both sides, and that’s why he lost (see video). “There is no middle ground with conservative populism. That is the wave of the future,” she said.
Ingraham contiued: “Maybe Gillespie wouldn’t have won if President Trump campaigned with him. But trying to be half-in half-out with Donald Trump was never going to work. If you dip your toe in just a little bit you’re going to turn out just like Ed Gillespie did – political road kill.”
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