Kevin McCarthy: If Democrats ‘Move Forward With The Reconciliation [Bill] They Are Deaf’ At What Americans Want

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House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said the Democrats “had seen” electoral defeat coming in Virginia and should rethink pushing multi-trillion dollar spending bills.


Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday by a slim margin.

“What it really tells you is policy matters. Who you listen to and what you fight for matters,” the California congressman told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” (RELATED: ‘If He Loses It Will Be Seen As A Political Earthquake’: Brit Hume Says Democrat Terry McAuliffe Is ‘A Candidate Running Scared’)

“They had this wake-up call before that … Inflation, prices rising, the border, just maintaining it open. The wokeism. Not listening to parents but listening to politicians. They had seen this coming. If they move forward with the reconciliation [“Build Back Better” bill] they are deaf at what the American public is expecting of them.”

McCarthy commented on a prediction made by Vice President Kamala Harris made while she was campaigning for McAuliffe. Harris said, “What happens in Virginia will, in large part, determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on.”

“I think it’s really telling. She was correct when she said what happens in Virginia will determine a lot what happens in ’22 and ’24. History shows it,” the minority leader said.

“Now we see a path that’s even larger with Biden winning Virginia by 10 points but New Jersey by 16.”

McCarthy noted that gains for Republicans and conservatives went beyond Virginia. Minneapolis rejected a proposal to rename the police department the “public safety” department. (RELATED: Newt Gingrich: ‘Youngkin Will Win Virginia Election Because ‘He Is Talking About Real Life’ While McAuliffe ‘Is Lost In A World Of Fantasy’)

McAuliffe led Youngkin early in the election campaign by as much as nine points in some polls. However, the race tightened as election day got closer.