After Va. lieutenant governor's remarks, Trump takes dig at Youngkin: 'Couldn't have won without me'

Governor "couldn't have come close to winning" without Trump's support, Trump claims.

Updated: November 11, 2022 - 10:57am

Former President Donald Trump on Friday took a sly but pointed dig at Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, one day after Youngkin's running mate suggested the Republican party should move on from Trump himself. 

The former president took to Truth Social on Friday morning and claimed in his usual freewheeling style that Youngkin's historic upset in the Virginia gubernatorial race last year was thanks to Trump's support.

"Young Kin (now that's an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn't it?) in Virginia couldn't have won without me," Trump wrote. "I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him - or he couldn't have come close to winning."

"But he knows that, and admits it," Trump added. "Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia - But he'll get it done!"

The barb comes one day after Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears implied that Trump should recuse himself from GOP electoral politics following the 2022 midterms. 

“A true leader understands when they have become a liability,” she said on Fox News on Thursday. “A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage, and the voters have given us that very clear message.”