Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his surrogate, former Georgia state lawmaker Stacey Abrams, issued warnings to their supporters that the state could wind up with policies similar to those in the Peach State and Texas if McAuliffe’s Republican challenger, businessman Glenn Youngkin, wins next month’s election.
But while the comparisons to the other southern states drew groans from crowds who came to hear the two Democrats speak, others on social media took the warnings as a tacit endorsement of Youngkin, since states under GOP governors have been gaining residents and have enacted far fewer COVID restrictions and regulations versus Democrat-run states in recent years.
“If you want to figure out what could happen to you in nine days if you don’t get out and vote, pick up a newspaper that talks about Georgia. If you want to know what happens in nine days, if we don’t get out and vote, looking at what’s happening in Texas,” Abrams said Sunday at a campaign event for McAuliffein Charlottesville. “If you want to know what happens to Virginia, if we don’t vote, if you don’t turn out on November the 2nd, then remember what you felt like in November of 2016.”
In imploring rallygoers to vote, Abrams, who has taken up the mantle of voting rights activist since losing her own 2018 gubernatorial bid to GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, said “what you do will signal what will happen in ’22 and ’24” and will “set the course of this nation for the next decade.”
McAuliffe issued a warning of his own, claiming that under a GOP governor and legislature, abortion limitations like one passed recently in the Lone Star State could happen in Virginia.
“He’s going to bring that here,” McAuliffe, who previously served as governor of the state from 2014-2018, said of the Texas law. “Women’s lives are going to be put at risk. … This is not a talking point anymore, folks. This is real. This has happened.”
Youngkin has been pressed about whether he supports the Texas law throughout the campaign, saying only that he believes “a pain threshold bill would be appropriate.”
“We’ve got nine days to go. There could not be a more stark difference,” McAuliffe said on Sunday. “I am running against someone who had been endorsed by Donald Trump, not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, not five times, six times endorsed by Donald Trump.
But social media users picked up on the comparisons of Virginia under a GOP governor to Texas and Georgia.
I suspect most will think that’s a good thing
— Libertarian Greg (@Navysports123) October 26, 2021
So they want Youngkin to win.
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) October 25, 2021
Stop threatening me with a good time!
— Megan Bush (@MeganLBush) October 25, 2021
You mean economically successful states without oppressive COVID mandates? Yeah, who’d want that?
— AdamInHTownTX (Let’s Go Brandon!) (@AdamInHTownTX) October 26, 2021
so… freaking awesome? endorsed.
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) October 25, 2021
Don’t want VA to become like TX or FL? Low covid rates, no mask mandates, and high employment rates. Must be horrible not being completely dependent on the government for everything. It would be such a shame to see more states become like TX and FL.
— Tanner Rindels (@trindels23) October 26, 2021
That’s a good thing. Texas is thriving.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) October 26, 2021
Is she campaigning for Youngkin? That’s a winning message!
— Kevin 🍀 (@kevinf456) October 25, 2021
Looking like Texas should push Youngkin to 70% minimum
— Hey Brandon, let’s go! (@BillySullivan7) October 25, 2021
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