Gov. Youngkin expresses ‘regret’ after campaign team targets teen on Twitter

"I regret that this happened and it shouldn’t have,'" Youngkin posted on Monday.

Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin expressed remorse on Monday over his campaign team lashing out at a high school student on Twitter two days prior.

“I regret that this happened and it shouldn’t have,” Youngkin tweeted. “I have addressed it with my team. We must continue to work to bring Virginians together. There is so much more that unites us than divides us.”

The student, Ethan Lynne, 17, became a target for Youngkin’s campaign staff on Saturday after he shared a VPM news story claiming Youngkin’s administration may be converting part of the governor’s mansion, where 19th-century slaves worked and slept, into a family room.

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Glenn Youngkin after being sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia on Jan. 15, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for Youngkin has since clarified that the room is not being used for that purpose, according to the news site.

The state’s new governor made banning critical race theory in Virginia schools a central theme of his successful 2020 campaign before issuing an executive order on the matter the same day he was inaugurated.

The governor’s campaign team responded to Lynne’s tweet by sharing a photo of him with former Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, also included a photo from Northam’s college yearbook that showed a student wearing blackface standing next to another wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

It’s the same yearbook photo that caused a scandal for Northam when it resurfaced in 2019.

“Here’s a picture of Ethan with a man that had a blackface/KKK photo in his yearbook,” Youngkin’s campaign team tweeted on Saturday, according to the Washington Post.

Critics blasted Youngkin’s team for attacking a teenager online.

“We’ve reached the point where @GlennYoungkin is going after high schoolers?” Virginia Democrats executive director Andrew Whitley posted in a now-deleted tweet on Sunday.

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