一个 声明 issued by the left-wing groups Battle Born Collective, 正义民主党, Sunrise Movement and United We Dream Action said McAuliffe’s “shellacking” Tuesday night by Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin should be a “wake up call for Democrats” ahead of the 2022 midterm 选举.
“Terry McAuliffe ran the milquetoast campaign he wanted to run — where every other word he uttered was ‘Donald Trump’ instead of focusing on the issues voters cared about the most,” the groups wrote.
“What happened in Virginia is what happens when Democrats fail to take on the GOP’s divide-and-conquer racism and motivate people to turn out,” 他们继续. “The McAuliffe campaign had no comprehensive pro-worker economic message against a literal private equity magnate. It had no positive message on what the next four years would be like for Virginians. It had no rebuttal to Republican race-baiting bull—-. Put simply: it was a campaign designed to fail.”
“This was a controlled experiment for what NOT to do in 2022,” 他们写. “This is what it looks like when Democrats get caught flat-footed and let Republicans dictate the terms of the debate by manufacturing a fake ‘education crisis.’ It does not have to be this way. There is still time to adopt an inclusive economic message that crowds out racist dog whistles. There is still time to go on offense and fight for the very voters who powered Democratic victories in 2020.”
The left-wing groups also blasted the “DC establishment” for rushing to back McAuliffe’s campaign, saying it “sidelined two potentially history-making Black women running for the same office.”
Education and the teaching of critical race theory (显像管) in public schools became a key issue in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Youngkin has vowed to ban CRT from being taught in schools on his first day as governor, while McAuliffe has repeatedly described the fight against CRT as a racist dog whistle. He has also claimed the theory has never been taught in Virginia, despite it being promoted on the state’s department of education website.
Progressives have attempted to paint McAuliffe’s loss as a win for White supremacy.
“这不是消息, 乡亲. This country simply loves white supremacy,” 发推文 The Atlantic contributor Jemele Hill.
Critics noted that Virginia Republicans are set to elect Jason Miyares as the the state’s first Latino attorney general and Winsome Sears as the state’s first woman of color lieutenant governor. Both candidates have declared victory, though the AP has not called either race.
“Ah yes, that’s why we elected the first latino to Virginia AG and the first black woman to Lt. 总督. Really makes sense, Jemele,” conservative commentator Caleb Hull 发推文.