엄청난 사기를 저질렀고 그가 이겼어야 했고/당겼어야 했으며 그가 당신을 지지할 수도 있다고 말하십시오. — 또는 적어도 당신에 대해 좋은 말을하십시오. Admit that Joe Biden won and/or that Trump is hurting the party by his continued focus on the 2020 선거, and you run the risk of being called out by Trump, and getting crosswise with his powerful base.
어느 것이 127 words of Youngkin not answering — or even attempting to answer — Costa’s question.
코스타, to his credit, asked Youngin again to answer the question. “What about former President Trump?” 그는 말했다.
And cue Youngkin’s response:
“잘, I think this is a moment for the Republican Party to recognize exactly what I recognized last year, was this is not an or moment, but an and moment. We brought together Virginians last year, forever Trumpers, never Trumpers, 무소속, 민주당. We won the Latino vote, the Asian vote, the largest voter turnout for black Virginians that anybody can remember to vote for a Republican. I think this is the future of the Republican Party, which is to recognize that we have to come together in these common sense kitchen table issues that are on the forefront of everybody’s mind, 인플레이션, 학교, safe communities, an economy that isn’t stealing everybody’s hard working money through inflation, but gives them a job. This is where the Republicans –“
Costa interrupts Youngkin after another 130 words in which the governor talks about a whole lot of things — 그의 2021 승리, 경제, the future — 하지만 그렇지 않습니다, 알 잖아, answer the question being asked.
Costa then asks, for a third time, whether Trump should “stop talking about” 2020.
And Youngkin responds this way:
“I think what I did last year was I focused on 2021. And we had 5,000 people come and volunteer at elections and that gave everybody confidence in our election process. They showed up, they voted in record numbers for a governor’s race, and we won.”
다른 46 words of not answering the question. 어느, if you are counting, 이다 301 words uttered by Youngkin — not one of which was an answer to what Costa asked.
처럼, 뭐? 또는, more accurately, WHAT?
있다, 물론이야, a simple answer to this question. It’s something along the lines of: “예, Donald Trump should stop talking about 2020. He lost that election and in continuing to talk about it he distracts from the very real opportunities for Republicans this November.”
And that wouldn’t even be a debatable statement! We have plenty of evidence that Trump’s obsession with the 2020 election has hurt his party’s prospects. 일찍 2021, Republicans lost both of the Georgia Senate runoffs — and with it, control of the Senate — because Trump couldn’t stop talking about the last election.
“Telling everyone that the race was stolen when it wasn’t cost the Republicans two Senate seats
,” Georgia-based conservative blogger Erick Erickson told NPR after the elections
그래서, why does Youngkin not
, 알 잖아, just answer the question
? 때문에 he may want to run for president in 2024 if Trump decides to take a pass on the race
. And he believes that the only path to the Republican nomination is through
(그리고) the Trump base
. Insisting in a very public format that Trump should stop talking about the
2020 election could cost him that chance
Youngkin is probably right
. Remember that Trump pulled his endorsement of Alabama Rep
. 모 브룩스’ Senate campaign after he told a crowd that the party
) needed to move on from the
“Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went ‘woke
’ and stated
, 참고로 2020 Presidential Election Scam
, ‘Put that behind you
, put that behind you
,'” said Trump in a statement rescinding the endorsement
But man, it’s hard to watch the pretzel that Youngkin twisted himself into to avoid answering a question that has a decidedly simple answer.