Donald Trump Vents on Twitter Following Ed Gillespie's Embarrassing Defeat
Democrats had an edge going into the election to replace Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. But few expected Democrat Ralph Northam to come out almost 10 points ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie.
The result was an obvious repudiation of President Donald Trump, as the candidate had embraced dark and divisive Trump-style campaigning.
While the candidate kept Trump at arm's length physically, Trump tweeted multiple times in support of Gillespie and recorded a glowing robocall urging Republicans to vote.
....and has been horrible on Virginia economy. Vote @EdWGillespie today!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1510051999
.@EdWGillespie will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA. MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1510052215
Immediately following the results, the president distanced himself from Gillespie by essentially insulting him on Twitter and claiming the candidate didn't adhere enough to his own values.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House… https://t.co/HODixMtPNw— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1510105237
Republicans can expect this to be a preview of Trump's party loyalty going into the midterms.