Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, encountered a life-size cutout of former President Donald Trump when he walked into the governor’s office in Richmond, a prank left behind by his predecessor.
Trump’s cutout contained a fake message saying, “I’ll be calling soon – we need to talk about 2024!” according to a report.
The smiling image of the 45th president was just one of many pranks left to the new governor of Virginia by former Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, the report noted.
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Leaving pranks and surprising objects to his successor has become a bipartisan tradition in Virginia, according to the report.
Other gags left behind included a personalized blue fleece that read “Top State for Business.”
The fleece referenced Youngkin’s signature cold-weather garments during the campaign, and the message it carried was Northam’s way of highlighting one of his own accomplishments.
During the impassioned campaign, Youngkin’s opponent, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, claimed that Youngkin and Trump were “bringing division, hatred and Trumpism to Virginia disguised in fleece and khakis.”
A spokesperson for Youngkin described other items left for the new governor.
Photographs of Northam were left throughout the Governor’s mansion, “including startling places like the bathroom”, and pictures “depicting some type of intoxicating plant” were littered around the mansion.
Legislation that legalizes possession of marijuana in Virginia was signed by Northam last year.
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In addition to the photo catalog, a book by McAuliffe, the flags of Youngkin’s college athletic rival, and the 100-day plan of the gubernatorial hopeful were left with Virginia’s 74th governor.