Magazine September 1, 2021, Issue

Can Glenn Youngkin Escape Trump’s Shadow?

Glenn Youngkin (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The Republican gubernatorial nominee is trying to campaign as himself

 

Falls Church, Va.

On a recent Saturday afternoon in this northern Virginia city, GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin delivered his stump speech inside a packed Vietnamese restaurant in a strip mall before fielding questions from voters on a wide range of topics — immigration, schools, crime, and more.

Something that goes completely un­spoken by Youngkin and voters at the event is the name “Trump.” The same holds true during Youngkin’s 30-minute tour of other Vietnamese-American-owned businesses in the Eden Center strip mall after the event — not a single voter asks him about Trump or the 2020 election. It’s a striking contrast

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This article appears as “Youngkin in the Suburbs of The Shadow of Trump” in the September 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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