(Big League Politics) – Former President Trump said in an interview Saturday that Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin will win if his base turns out to vote, Just The News reported.
“I think he’s gonna do very well,” Trump said of Youngkin on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
Trump compared former Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s comment in a debate with Youngkin, saying that the education of children should be distracted by “experts” rather than their parents, to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” comment about Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential race.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton famously said in September of 2016. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
“Look, McAuliffe made a tremendous mistake,” Trump said. But it’s really probably not a mistake from his standpoint. He believes it.”
“I heard that statement, I said is that going to be bad, is that going to be like ‘deplorable’?” Trump said. “Remember when Hillary made the statement ‘deplorable’? That’s not a nice word, and it blew up.”
Referring to gubernatorial candidate Youngkin, Trump said, “I think he should win. I mean, he should win. I’ll be honest, my base has to turn out. If my base turns out, he’s gonna win. And I hope they turn out. I really want them to turn out.”
Terry McAuliffe has recently found himself in some hot water in his campaign, with the former governor drawing criticism after he was caught lying about the involvement of his children in Virginia’s public education system. The candidate discussed his childrens’ supposed involvement in the state school system as justification for his beliefs that education should be run by a group of elite “experts” rather than the parents who are paying into the taxpayer-funded public system.