Trump says Youngkin ‘couldn’t have won without me’

The former president has also been critical of Florida's governor after Tuesday's election.
Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 11:20 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2022 at 2:06 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Former President Donald Trump is criticizing Virginia’s governor, his last name and his win last year.

Trump asked on Truth Social if Youngkin’s last name sounds Chinese, adding, “In Virginia, couldn’t have won without me.”

The comments come on the heels of the state’s Lieutenant Governor saying this on FOX Business about Trump’s fate in the Republican party.

“The voters have spoken, and they have said that they want a different leader and a true leader understands when they have become a liability,” said Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, (R) Virginia.

Pressed by reporters Friday following an event, Governor Glenn Youngkin sidestepped questions about the Lieutenant Governor’s message.

“Lt. Gov. Sears is a strong leader. I deeply, deeply respect her. She is her own independent person,” said Gov. Glenn Youngkin, (R) Virginia.

Trump endorsed Youngkin several times leading up to last year’s election.

When asked about the Truth Social post, this is what Youngkin had to say:

“First of all, I didn’t see it. I have to be honest we’ve been busy all morning. Listen, you all know me. I do not call people names. I really work hard to bring people together, and that’s what we’re working on,” said Gov. Youngkin.

All this back and forth over Trump’s presence in Virginia politics is dividing those in the Republican party. Republican State Delegate Tim Anderson is out with a post on Facebook calling on fellow GOP members to denounce Trump.

“Look, President Trump has a great sense of humor, and people need to understand his humor. Not everybody gets it,” said State Sen. Amanda Chase, (R) 11th District.

But other Republicans, like self-proclaimed “Trump in heels” State Senator Amanda Chase, say the former president is not hurting the party.

“Everybody needs to take responsibility for their own races and how they performed,” said State Sen. Chase.