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Trump had a tough message for Ed Gillespie after his election loss

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Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie talks to journalists after casting his vote at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump separated himself from Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie very quickly after news outlets declared Democratic candidate Ralph Northam the winner.

The tweet

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republican s won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night.

A different message

Despite Trump’s tweet, the president recently recorded a robocall in which he portrayed Gillespie as a likeminded candidate.

“Like me, Ed is tough on crime and on the border. Ed will protect your family from crime, drugs and violence — something Northam will never do. With your help, Ed Gillespie will help make America great again, a phrase that I like a lot. Vote Ed Gillespie.”

Trump reportedly recorded the robocall before leaving for Asia on Friday.

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