Bad for Virginia: While Trump Campaigns with Youngkin, Virginians are Still Against Their Extreme Agendas

In response to Donald Trump campaigning in Virginia with MAGA loyalist Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, DNC Spokesperson Maddy Mundy released the following statement: 

“Today, as Donald Trump and Glenn Yougkin take the stage together, we are reminded that both of them are wildly out of touch with Virgnians’ priorities. From Trump’s attacks on women’s freedoms to his disgusting comments about America’s service members who died in war, Virginians know that Trump is not fit to lead them. Instead of focusing on Virginian priorities, Youngkin followed in Trump’s MAGA footsteps as he attempted to force an extreme abortion ban on Virginia residents last year. Virginians had different plans: On Election Day, Republicans suffered humiliating losses as Virginians sent Youngkin and Trump a clear message and delivered Democratic majorities to both legislative chambers. Whether it’s Donald Trump or Glenn Youngkin, one thing is certain: Voters across the Commonwealth will reject extreme MAGA attacks on their rights and values. Donald Trump will not win the state of Virginia.” 

A reminder: Ahead of Trump’s MAGA rally, the DNC has a mobile billboard circling the venue reminding veterans of his “losers” and “suckers” comments. 

Donald Trump showed nothing but scorn to America’s veterans and troops during his presidency, while President Biden and Vice President Harris are delivering for our nation’s veterans.

The Wall Street Journal: “As Numbers Sink In, Concerns Rise Over Trump’s Veterans Affairs Budget”

Military Times: “Congressional investigators found evidence that the three men helped steer policy decisions on VA medical records issues and discussed ways to potentially monetize VA patient health data. Along with emails to senior VA staff, the trio also frequently contacted senior White House staff on VA policy issues and briefed the president on their proposals, all without any official federal role.”

New York Times: “V.A. Has Approved 1 Million Claims Under Burn Pit Law, Biden Announces”

“President Biden announced on Tuesday that his administration had approved more than one million claims from veterans injured by toxic exposures during their service, actions made possible by a new law he championed, officials said.

“The president signed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics, or PACT, Act, into law in the summer of 2022, with the goal of quickly getting benefits to veterans who had been suffering from a variety of maladies that did not qualify for treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Despite his lies, Trump made reprehensible comments about service members who died in war  — heroes who protected Americans freedoms — calling them “suckers” and “losers.” 

Axios: “Former President Trump didn’t want to visit a cemetery near Paris for Americans who fought and died in World War I because it was filled with ‘suckers’ and ‘losers,’ John Kelly, his longest-serving chief of staff, said in a statement to CNN on Monday.”

Washington Post: “They stunned nearly everyone in the room, and some vowed that they would never repeat them. Indeed, they have not been reported until now. ‘I wouldn’t go to war with you people,’ Trump told the assembled brass. Addressing the room, the commander in chief barked, ‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.’”

Washington Post: “Before they could debate the Iran deal, Trump erupted to revive another frequent complaint: the war in Afghanistan, which was now America’s longest war. He demanded an explanation for why the United States hadn’t won in Afghanistan yet, now 16 years after the nation began fighting there in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump unleashed his disdain, calling Afghanistan a ‘loser war.’ That phrase hung in the air and disgusted not only the military leaders at the table but also the men and women in uniform sitting along the back wall behind their principals. They all were sworn to obey their commander in chief’s commands, and here he was calling the war they had been fighting a loser war. ‘You’re all losers,’ Trump said. ‘You don’t know how to win anymore.’”

The Atlantic: “When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that ‘the helicopter couldn’t fly’ and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true. Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, ‘Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.’ In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as ‘suckers’ for getting killed.”

Last fall, Virginia voters rejected Governor Glenn Youngkin and MAGA Republicans’ extreme attacks on reproductive rights. 

Associated Press: “Virginia Democrats sweep legislative elections after campaigning on abortion rights”

“Virginia Democrats who campaigned on protecting abortion rights swept Tuesday’s legislative elections, retaking full control of the General Assembly after two years of divided power.

“The outcome is a sharp loss for Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his fellow Republicans, who exerted a great deal of energy, money and political capital on their effort to secure a GOP trifecta.”

19th News: “Virginia Republicans embraced a 15-week abortion ban — and then lost”

“Tuesday’s election results in Virginia are a rebuke to what anti-abortion advocates and Republican politicians hoped was a limit that a broad swath of voters could get behind.”

Glenn Youngkin is following the extreme lead of Trump who proudly overturned Roe and opened the floodgates for attacks on reproductive freedoms.

Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”

Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Business Insider: “Trump boasts he’s ‘proud’ about his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, the issue that has become ballot-box poison for Republicans”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”

Trump campaign radio ad: “And Trump nominated conservative judges, leading to Roe v. Wade being overturned.”