RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of “killing the Great State of Virginia.” Trump was responding to the scandal that has engulfed Virginia’s top three elected officials, including Gov. Ralph Northam, whose medical school yearbook featured a racist photo.
A woman has alleged that state’s lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, sexually assaulted her, a charge he denies. And the state’s attorney general has acknowledged that he wore blackface once as a teenager.
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Trump claims in a tweet Thursday that the response to the fallout has been politically biased, alleging that: “If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken.”
Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia. If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. Virginia will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
Northam won the governorship in 2017, and Democrats made big gains in the state, in part because of a backlash against Trump, and has moved to within striking distance of a majority in both houses.
Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Virginia in the 2016 presidential election. Trump predicted in his tweet that the state “will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!”