McAuliffe suddenly backs off anti-Trump message as election day looms

The desperation on the side of Democrats is almost hilarious at this point in time, as Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe faces the stark reality that he might lose his upcoming election.

According to Fox News, after months of attempting to link his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, to the movement created by former President Donald Trump, McAuliffe apparently called an audible this week, as he told reporters this weekend that the election is “not about Trump.”

McAuliffe revealed his new strategy during an event in Virginia Beach, where he seems to be doing everything he can to bolster support ahead of an election that he was supposed to win — that is until President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party in general sink in the approval rating department.

Close race

Republicans, in recent history, haven’t had much luck in the commonwealth of Virginia, failing to secure election wins in any of the top levels of state government. But with Democrats in the state being dragged down by the poor performance coming out of the White House, McAuliffe is in real trouble.

Virtually all notable polls have McAuliffe and Youngkin in a neck-and-neck battle for the governor’s mansion.

As Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser pointed out, McAuliffe is also faced with the harsh reality of a voter enthusiasm gap within the ranks of Democratic voters, not to mention the fact that the anti-Trump movement seems to have died down, with the 45th president now nine months removed from the White House.

Just several days ago, McAuliffe said, “Glenn Youngkin’s entire campaign has been a full embrace of Donald Trump’s dangerous extremism.”

As the final hours count down until the election, it appears as if McAuliffe was advised to step back from linking his opponent to Trump.

Biden, too?

Though McAuliffe held a rally with Biden recently, which didn’t seem to help his cause much, the Democratic candidate seems to be distancing himself from the president, as well.

According to The New York Times, of all outlets, there’s a number of reasons why McAuliffe has distanced himself from the president, who continues to sink — embarrassingly — to new lows in his approval ratings.

“Indeed, the delicate distance Mr. McAuliffe spent weeks putting between his campaign and the president, his friend of four decades — whom Mr. McAuliffe helped carry Virginia by 10 points just a year ago — underscores a difficult reality for Democrats looking anxiously ahead to the midterm elections next year,” the Times wrote.

The battle to claim the governor’s mansion in Virginia is seen as the first big bellwether election for the upcoming 2022 midterms, and if Youngkin manages to pull out a win, Democrats will finally have to face the grim reality that they will soon be out of power, and such a time can’t come soon enough.

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