|At a rally yesterday in Virginia Beach, Congressman Scott Taylor became the latest Republican elected official to break with the Gillespie campaign by asking Donald Trump to come to Virginia to campaign for the GOP. In remarks introducing the Republican ticket, Congressman Taylor pledged to bring Donald Trump — or a member of the Trump family — to Virginia Beach for a fundraiser within the next year.
Taylor is just the latest Virginia Republican to come out in support of a campaign stop from the President. Earlier this month, Trump Virginia co-chair John Fredericks reported on his radio show that Gillespie’s running mate Jill Vogel wants the President to campaign for her. Last week, Congressman Dave Brat told radio host Laura Ingraham that he thought Gillespie would have problems if he “wasn’t all in for” Trump. And Corey Stewart has gone on record saying that he thinks Gillespie needs a visit from Trump to excite the Republican base.
So far, Gillespie has ignored the advice of his fellow Republicans and controversially refused to appear with Trump. It’a stance that has divided the VA GOP and led in part to the brief resignation of campaign staffer Jack Morgan last week. But despite the pressure from Morgan, Stewart and now Rep. Taylor, Gillespie has shown no signs that he is ready to unite his party by embracing Donald Trump.
LISTEN TO SCOTT TAYLOR’S COMMENTS
“In fact, I think you guys may be very happy, in the next year or so we’re going to try and get him [Trump]. If we can’t get him we’re going to try and get Ivanka or Melania we’re going to get someone from the family for a fundraiser. Would you guys like that?”