Yunks Rejoinder: ‘I Don’t Call People Names’

Virginia GOP Gov. Glen Younkin – at least until now – has not been in former President Trump's verbal crosshairs.
SMITHFIELD, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 27:  Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. House nominee, state Sen. Jen Kiggans on October 27, 2022 in Smithfield, Virginia. Kiggans and incumbent U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) are polling in a virtual tie for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District ahead of the November 8 general election.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Youngkin essentially demurred over Trump writing Friday on social media: “Young Kin … Sounds Chinese,” saying he had not seen the post.
  • The assumed subtext of the Trump comment is that China is a bitter enemy of Americans, particularly Republicans, who have blamed COVID-19 on China, run by the Chinese Communist Party and where the virus was first detected, calling in the “China virus.”
  • “First of all, I didn’t see it [Trump’s statement] and I have to be honest I’ve been busy all morning,” Youngkin said Friday. “I do not call people names. I really work hard to bring people together and that’s what we’re working on … . That’s not the way I roll. It’s not the way I behave and I think, again, this is a moment for us to come together as a nation.”

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