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Democrats lost in Virginia because they put 'me on the ballot': Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture taken on November 02, 2020 shows then-US President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. (File photo by AFP)

Former US President Donald Trump has said the Democratic Party lost in Virginia because they "put me on the ballot." 

Speaking to Fox News on Saturday, Trump said that Democrats "played it wrong" that resulted in Republican Glenn Youngkin’s stunning victory in Virginia on Tuesday. 

Trump said that Youngkin’s unexpected victory over his Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe earlier this week was in part due to his endorsement of the Republican candidate.

"If you look at what happened in Virginia, it’s very interesting. They used my name — the Democrats — so much that they ended up losing," Trump insisted. "One of the reasons [McAuliffe] lost is because he kept saying Trump, Trump, Trump."

Trump said that Youngkin had called him on the phone the morning after the election and "really thanked me because he understood the importance of what we did."

"So, it helped him a lot with the nomination, and it helped him a lot with the win," Trump reiterated. "And the Democrats played it wrong because they went after Trump. They put me on the ballot. The Democrats put me on the ballot."

Youngkin’s victory had come despite political forecasters' predictions of McAuliffe win.

Trump, who is hoping to return to the White House in the 2024 US presidential election, thanked his supporters for voting for Youngkin. “I would like to thank my base for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin. Without you, he would not have been close to winning.”

“The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before,” Trump said in a second statement making reference to his Make America Great Again slogan.

Following the deadly attack on the Capitol building on January 6, 2020, by Trump supporters, the issue of the resurgence of White supremacist groups in the US was brought back into the spotlight.

Trump supporters played a key role in the attack which left five people dead.

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