JF in the News: Trump’s Praise Complicates Youngkin’s Attempted Pivot to the Political Middle in Virginia
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John Fredericks, a Virginia-based talk-radio host who chaired Trump’s presidential campaigns in the state, said he believes Youngkin has done a good job so far of walking the difficult tightrope of running as a Republican in a fairly anti-Trump state.
“What he needs to do is hold the very motivated Trump base in Virginia together and inspire that enthusiasm while also attempting to distance himself from some of the Trump personality idiosyncrasies that turned off some of the Virginia big-market suburbanite women,” said Fredericks. “That’s a tall order.”
Fredericks noted that Trump has a particular fondness for Virginia — the former president owns both a golf club and a winery in the state — that explains his outspokenness on the race.
“McAuliffe is going to run against Trump anyway,” Fredericks said, “so there’s really no downside to the president saying nice things that are authentic about Glenn.”