With the commonwealth’s governorship and legislature being led by Democrats, many conservative Americans are concerned about Virginia’s apparent leftward turn in recent years.
President Donald Trump, however, said this week that he is determined to put up a fight against the many progressive reforms that Virginia’s Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam has attempted to make while in office, Breitbart reported.
“I’ll be there”
Trump’s comments came during a White House event on Tuesday attended by farmers and ranchers as part of a discussion of the nation’s food supply. During one exchange, a potato farmer invited the president to visit his farm in Virginia.
“I might,” Trump said, according to a White House transcript. “Be careful, I might. I’ll be there. We’re going to — we’re going after Virginia, with your crazy governor. We’re going after Virginia.”
The president then asserted that the state’s leaders “want to take your Second Amendment away,” telling the farmer that he will “have nobody guarding your potatoes.”
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump had taken shots at Northam over policy issues including the Democrat’s stance on abortion and gun control, as Breitbart noted.
Amid the widespread shutdowns of the past several months, however, the president expressed renewed criticism. He tweeted in April that the constitutional rights of Virginians are “under siege” and suggested the state needed to be liberated, according to the BBC.
“Let’s all get back to work”
Northam responded to the latest remarks in a tweet on Tuesday informing the president that he “grew up on a Virginia farm” and that the state’s “potatoes are fine,” Fox 5 in Washington reported.
The Democrat went on to criticize Trump’s recent announcement that he had been taking an anti-malarial drug as part of an effort to protect himself against the coronavirus.
“And as the only medical doctor among our nation’s governors, I suggest you stop taking hydroxychloroquine,” the governor wrote, according to Fox 5. “Let’s all get back to work.”
Reclaiming Virginia as a Republican state on Election Day might be a longshot, but Trump has made it clear that there remains a fight for its future.
Although the northern part of the state is dominated by liberals working in and around the nation’s capital, the rest of the state is largely populated by Americans who are hopeful that the president’s plan is successful.