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Ex-RNC chair Steele fires back at Trump: ‘Did YOU win Virginia?’


Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele slammed President Trump on Tuesday for his tweet blasting GOP candidate Ed Gillespie following the results of the Virginia gubernatorial election. 

“Did YOU win Virginia?” Steele asked in response to Trump’s tweet. 

The president tweeted that Gillespie, also a former chair of the RNC, had not been a strong enough advocate of Trump’s agenda during his campaign against Democrat Ralph Northam, who swept to victory on Tuesday night.

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump tweeted after the race was called. “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!”

Trump reportedly urged voters to go to the polls for Gillespie in a last-minute robo-call, in which he praised Gillespie for his hardline views on immigration and crime. 

Steele has become a vocal critic of the president, and has praised Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) for speaking out against the Trump administration, which he said has succumbed to “insanity.” 

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