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.
"Today is a wake-up call for Washington Democrats. To abandon the partisanship, the extremist agenda of Washington based programs that cost trillions of dollars and have programs that nobody even wants." – @GOPLeader pic.twitter.com/hMUwkpt2Bw
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 3, 2021