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Trump Claims Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Is Fighting For Violent Gangs

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With recent polls showing Republican Ed Gillespie trailing in the Virginia Governor's race, President Donald Trump has leveled a serious accusation against his Democratic rival.

Trump claimed in a post on Twitter on Thursday that Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is "fighting for" violent street gangs.

"Ralph Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet strikes the same tone as a recent Gillespie attack ad that claims Northam voted in favor of sanctuary cities, letting dangerous illegal immigrants back on the street and increasing the threat of MS-13.

While Northam cast the tie-breaking vote in the state Senate to defeat a bill that would have banned sanctuary cities in Virginia, both candidates have maintained that the state does not have any sanctuary cities.

Northam spokesman David Turner said Trump's tweet suggests that Gillespie's ads are reaching their target audience.

"They both want to cut funding to education, roll back healthcare, and divide Virginians for political gains," Turner said. "Looks like Ed Gillespie's ads are reaching his target audience — Donald Trump."

A Washington Post-Schar School poll released on Thursday showed Northam with a 53 percent to 40 percent lead over Gillespie.

by RTT Staff Writer

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