The upcoming election for the governor of Virginia is expected to be an extremely close race. Democrat Terry McAuliffe had been the favorite for most of the year. But the polls have tightened considerably in the weeks leading up to election day. And one of the most peculiar aspects of this race is the hands-off relationship between the Republican candidate, Glenn Youngkin, and Donald Trump.

Trump, of course, endorsed Youngkin. But Youngkin has been reluctant to acknowledge that endorsement. He has even refused to participate in any joint campaign appearances with Trump. And for good reason. Trump is not a popular figure in Virginia. The association would likely harm Youngkin’s chances of winning. So despite having run on policies that mirror those of Trump’s, Youngkin has steadfastly distanced himself from the disgraced ex-president.

Unfortunately for Youngkin, Trump isn’t the least bit reluctant to shower his unwanted praise on Youngkin. In addition to his “complete and total” endorsement, Trump is holding a tele-rally for the candidate that Youngkin has announced he won’t attend. Undeterred, Trump posted a tweet (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) that lauded Youngkin and the close affinity they have for one another. And, yes, that was Youngkin you heard groaning as he smacked his forehead. Trump wrote that…

“The Fake News media, together with some of the perverts doing ads ad nauseam on primarily Fox (Fox shouldn’t take those ads!), are trying to create an impression that Glenn Youngkin and I are at odds and don’t like each other. Importantly, this is not true, we get along very well together and strongly believe in many of the same policies. Especially when it comes to the important subject of education.”

Trump’s childish whining about “perverts doing ads” refers to a recent ad campaign by The Lincoln Project that highlighted the fact that Youngkin was snubbing Trump. He previously took Fox news to task for having the gall of running the “horrible” ad. In Trump’s warped mind Fox should be forbidden to accept any advertising that isn’t unflinchingly adoring of Trump.

Trump also complained that the media was trying to come between the two sweetheart pols. Actually, it is only Youngkin who is seeking to avoid his BFF. Trump is drawing ever closer with his declaration that their policies are “strongly” aligned. But Trump wasn’t through. He continued…

“The reason the Fake News and perverts are working over time is to try and convince people that we do not like each other, and therefore, my great and unprecedented Make America Great Again base will not show up to vote. Also, I am not a believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections, lots of bad things went on, and are going on. The way you beat it is to flood the system and get out and vote.”

You have to admire how Trump is able to contradict himself in mid-paragraph. First he complains about the media trying to convince his cult followers not to vote. But then in the very next sentence he essentially tells them why they shouldn’t. This isn’t new with Trump. He frequently warns his devotees that elections are rigged, which implies that it won’t do any good to bother to vote. But then he thinks he’s covering for himself by telling them vote anyway, even in an allegedly rigged election. You can forgive them if they seem to be somewhat confused.

Trump concludes with his customary baseless and infantile insults, saying that “McAuliffe is a low-life politician who lies, cheats, and steals.” That’s textbook projection as it describes Trump to a tee.

Trump is walking a fine in this tweet. He wants to take the credit if Youngkin wins. But he wants to deflect the blame if he loses. With this tactic Trump can claim that a loss was the result of either the rigged election or Youngkin’s failure to fully embrace him. And Trump is obsessively concerned with his endorsement scorecard. He was just on Fox News lying about having lost only two races for candidates that he endorsed. The actual number of losses is 78, just in the last two election cycles. But then, what else would you expect from the most well documented pathological liar in history?

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