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Kevin McCarthy says Trump helped Youngkin in Virginia and will HELP the GOP retake the majority

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday that former President Donald Trump contributed to Republican Glenn Youngkin’s decisive victory in the Virginia governor’s race – and predicted Republicans aided by Trump would keep racking up gains.

The California lawmaker was asked at a press conference whether he would counsel other GOP candidates to follow the ‘Youngkin model’ that includes keeping distance from Trump – and whether he would counsel Trump to hang back from competitive races after the wealthy investor beat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a purple state Joe Biden had won by 10 percentage points. 

Youngkin avoided parroting Trump’s claims of election fraud and did not appear with the former president – although Trump endorsed him, spoke at a tele-rally, and claimed partial credit for his win.  

‘I don’t see how the president distanced himself – he endorsed Youngkin in the primary. He did a telephone town hall forum to get the vote out. We found that the vote got out big,’ he said.  

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy credited former President Donald Trump with driving turnout and helping Republican Glenn Youngkin win the Virginia governor’s race

‘Democrat turnout was pretty close to the same. The Republican turnout is what was larger,’ he said. He credited Youngkin for running on local issues like education.

‘So it was a party more united and adding more people to it.’

McCarthy also pointed to GOP gains in the 2020 election. 

‘In the last election. Speaker Pelosi bragged that they would win 15 seats. The pollster said the Democrats would win 15 seats in the house. They got the number right the party wrong,’ he said.

‘We did that with President Trump on the ticket and with the help of President Trump,’ he said – pointing to GOP wins with Trump at the top of the ticket. 

McCarthy’s embrace of Trump as a motivator to drive up turnout came as many GOP analysts called his deft handling of Trump key to his win.

McCarthy also said Trump could boost other Republican House candidates

McCarthy also said Trump could boost other Republican House candidates

'Every week they find out when they go to the gas station, how much more cost because of these policies,' he said of the Biden administration

‘Every week they find out when they go to the gas station, how much more cost because of these policies,’ he said of the Biden administration

Republican Glenn Youngkin did not appear with Trump, although the former president called in to a rally

Republican Glenn Youngkin did not appear with Trump, although the former president called in to a rally

McCarthy spoke as Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to cobble together votes to pass Biden's economic agenda

McCarthy spoke as Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to cobble together votes to pass Biden’s economic agenda

‘Score one for a good guy, Youngkin, who struck a blow for a return to issues-based politics. The politics of Virginia —a blue state— demanded that he thread the needle and he did it,’ wrote Scott Jennings, a former aide to President George W. Bush and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. ‘He kept Trump out and the issues in, and now the GOP has a big win to show for it,’ he wrote

‘Make America Boring Again by running on issues and refusing to chase the personal grievance of the day,’ he advised.

McCarthy himself got in a screaming match with Trump on the day of the Capitol riot, but soon worked to repair relations with a visit to Mar-a-Lago.

He may well become speaker if Democrats lose their three-vote majority. McCarthy has already predicted Democrats could lose dozens of seats, as they did in 2010, another off-year election. 

He went on to predict that Trump would help the GOP again next year. Trump has been making endorsements, including in primaries where candidates are running against Republicans who voted to impeach him after the Jan. 6th riot. 

Former President Donald Trump has been making endorsements, including in primaries where candidates are running against Republicans who voted to impeach him after the Jan. 6th riot

Former President Donald Trump has been making endorsements, including in primaries where candidates are running against Republicans who voted to impeach him after the Jan. 6th riot

‘Just as new governor, Glen Younkin will fight and help Republicans win the majority, so will President Trump. And I think at the same time you’re going to find the party expand, McCarthy predicted. 

‘This is about addition not subtraction. And what’s driving more people to these policies is they’re seeing the failed policies of what the Democrats have provided us,’ he said.

McCarthy also said inflation and supply chain shortages provide the campaign thta will make it an ‘easy campaign’ for the GOP – on a day when President Biden got good news with a robust jobs report and positive developments on a Pfizer drug to combat coronavirus.   

‘Every American’s going to find out in a very short time period that their Thanksgiving is going to be the most experience – the most expensive they’ve ever witnessed,’ said McCarthy.

‘Every week they find out when they go to the gas station, how much more cost because of these policies. And I think it’s going to be an easy campaign for Republicans to bring more people to the party.’

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