House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) highlighted the progress made by the Republicans in the elections and assured that Americans voted against socialism.
In his first press conference since Election Day, McCarthy stressed on Thursday, Nov. 12, that the election “was a mandate against socialism.”
“It was a mandate against defunding the police. It was a mandate against wasting a majority that the Democrats have done for the last Congress,” he detailed.
“This election cycle has made one thing clear: The Republican Party is now the party of the American worker,” he added.
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In a later interview with Fox News, McCarthy further clarified this idea, “Voters were given a clear choice between socialism and freedom. They chose freedom.”
So far, with several states yet to declare a winner, the Republican Party has already added five seats in the House and there are still 22 vacancies to be filled.
Likewise, after recently achieving victory in Alaska, the Republicans reached the 50th seat in the Senate. This means that the GOP needs to win only one of Georgia’s two runoff races to maintain a majority.
In this context, McCarthy questioned the self-proclamation of Joe Biden as “president-elect,” stressing the need to recount every vote amid the vast allegations of fraud and irregularities.
“Every recount needs to be finished,” McCarthy said, referring to states that have not yet declared a winner.
“You’ve got a hand recount going on in Georgia. Every recount needs to be finished. You’ve got challenges inside courts. Every challenge needs to be heard,” he said.
McCarthy added, “Regardless of how this outcome is, you want to be able to trust the election. If there was something that was wrong in this election, we do not want to repeat it for the future, either.”
Days ago, McCarthy said that the “socialist wing” is the one that is currently leading the Democratic Party, affirming that the influence of leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is growing within the Democratic block in the House.
“She runs the floor,” McCarthy said in a dialogue with Axios on HBO. “That wing of the party, the socialist wing of the party, they are the new power of the Democratic Party,” he said.
“Legislation couldn’t be passed unless AOC agreed with it,” the House minority leader said.
Several members of the Democratic Party argued that the party’s poor performance in the last election was related to the more radical positions of some politicians.
“Stop sloganeering. Sloganeering kills people. Sloganeering destroys movements,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) about the labels including “socialist,” and “progressive.”
“This foolishness about you got to be this progressive or that progressive. That phrase “defund the police” cost Jaime Harrison tremendously,” Clyburn explained to Axios in reference to the South Carolina politician who lost the Senate race to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Also causing a stir within the Democratic Party in recent days were statements by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who agreed with his party colleagues that socialist messages hurt the Democrats’ chances of winning more seats in Congress.
As the vote count moves toward the end in the battleground states, where President Trump is gaining ground, the Democrats are increasingly showing a state of despair, blaming each other for their election losses.