Source: Daily Beast
Shortly after the loss, President Donald Trump and his top allies began spinning the result as the result of Gillespie being insufficiently obedient to and appreciative of the Trump agenda.
Laura Ingraham, the Trump-adoring cable news host, accused Gillespie of playing footsie with conservative populism without fully embracing it. Breitbart, called him a Republican swamp thing. A staffer for Corey Stewart, the conservative candidate who barely lost to Gillespie in the GOP primary, told Fox News that, "Gillespie didn't speak to populist issues early enough in the campaign.
In the coup-de-grace, Trump himself said Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for just hours after he recorded an election-day robocall for the candidate and tweeted his support for his campaign.
Gillespie never appeared alongside Trump. He ducked him often when asked direct questions. But he embraced his political playbook, at least key passages. He called for keeping up Confederate monuments, accused Northam of supporting sanctuary cities, warned of MS-13 gangs rummaging through northern Virginia and even sent out fliers criticizing football players for kneeling during the national anthem. Steve Bannon had insisted that Gillespie was "rallying around the Trump agenda."
Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/ed-gillespie-lost-an-election-then-he-was-pulverized-by-trump-and-his-allies
Actually, maybe this is the title -- but the first line was in much smaller font, so I didn't use the first line just to be safe LBN-rules-wise:
Ed Gillespie Lost an Election. Then He Was Pulverized by Trump and His Allies
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