Rep. McCarthy: Today is a wake up call for Washington Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 03: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds a news conference to talk about Republican victories in Tuesday's elections with members of the Virginia delegation, including (L-R) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-VA), Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) and Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on November 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. McCarthy pointed to the rising number of Democratic members announcing their retirement and the success of the GOP in state elections as an indication of Democrats being out of touch with American voters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 03: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) holds a news conference to talk about Republican victories in Tuesday’s elections with members of the Virginia delegation, including (L-R) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Va.), Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) and Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.), in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on November 03, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:26 PM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021

House Republicans reflect on Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

During a press conference on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Youngkin’s win a “wake up call for Washington Democrats.” McCarthy pointed out crime rates across the U.S. have risen in cities where Democrats have pushed to defund the police. McCarthy also suggested Youngkin’s victory is a sign Republicans could flip more than 60 Democrat held seats in the lower chamber in the 2022 midterms.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called the results of Virginia’s governor’s race “encouraging” and called out congressional Democrats for supporting “big government socialism.”

“It was so encouraging to see people take their government back,” said Scalise. “And that’s what you saw last night, and yet here in Washington the same big government socialists who were rejected in states like Virginia, are doubling down on their failed policies. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi did not get the message from what happened last night. Now, maybe more of their members will look in the mirror and say I don’t want to be the next Terry McAuliffe, but if they keep voting for big government socialism, they’re gonna go the same way as Terry McAuliffe.”

Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow (R) then touched on the importance of education and putting students first. GOP lawmakers closed the conference by saying Youngkin’s win is indicative of the issues that matter most to the American people.

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