Trump backed Ed Gillespie, the party’s candidate for governor in Virginia. When Gillespie lost to Democrat Ralph Northam on Tuesday, Trump attempted to duck the blame:
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Steele fired back:
Trump lost Virginia in the 2016 presidential election by a little more than five points, or right in line with the average of the polls.