Former Virginia governor and 2021 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe is tying Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin to former President Trump‘s objections to the 2020 election results in a new ad released on Thursday.
The spot also features a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who endorsed Youngkin and voted against the Electoral College results in January.
“The Republicans in Washington have pledged their loyalty to Donald Trump over our democracy,” the narrator continues.
“They kicked out Liz Cheney for saying the simple truth that we all know. And here in Virginia, they chose a nominee for governor who promotes the same conspiracy theories,” the ad continues.
The ad comes hours before the Democratic gubernatorial debate in Virginia. McAuliffe is widely seen as the front-runner in the primary, which is set for June 8.
The spot is the latest effort from McAuliffe and Democrats to tie Youngkin to the former president. Last week, the Democratic Governor’s Association launched a six-figure ad buy tying Youngkin to Trump.
Trump endorsed Youngkin earlier this month, calling the businessman turned politician “pro-Business, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Veterans, pro-America.”
Youngkin’s opponents have specifically taken aim at his “Election Integrity Taskforce.” Youngkin said the task force, launched in February, is meant to establish legal voting standards in election processes, but Democrats argue it serves to amplify Trump’s assertion that the presidential election was stolen from him.