NBC News reports:
Republican Glenn Youngkin wouldn’t say Thursday whether he wants former President Donald Trump to campaign for him in the final weeks of Virginia’s high-stakes gubernatorial election and distanced himself from a controversial right-wing rally supporting his candidacy the night before.
Youngkin — who is trying to walk a fine line by appealing to both “forever Trumpers and never Trumpers,” as he puts it — said he didn’t know about Wednesday’s “Take Back Virginia Rally” in Richmond, where attendees pledged allegiance to a flag organizers said was present at the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I wasn’t involved, so I don’t know. But if that was the case, then we shouldn’t pledge allegiance to that flag,” Youngkin said. “And by the way, I’ve been so clear, there is no place for violence — none, none — in America today. We have our rights to assemble and protest protected…but there is no room for violence.”
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NEW: Glenn Youngkin distances himself from last night’s rally featuring Trump and Steve Bannon — says they shouldn’t pledge allegiance to Jan. 6 flag — and won’t say if he wants Trump to campaign for him. https://t.co/8NVLh3c5Xq
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 14, 2021
Here’s the video. @GlennYoungkin “If that is the case, then we shouldn’t pledge allegiance to that flag…. There is no place for violence, none, none, in America today.” @wusa9 @CBSNews @cnn @TerryMcAuliffe pic.twitter.com/7jHgX8XvTT
— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) October 14, 2021