Vice President Kamala Harris traveled down to Virginia last week, just days before a highly anticipated election in the commonwealth, to rally voters on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Now that McAuliffe has been declared the loser of the race, however, it seems remarks made by Harris in the Old Dominion may soon come back to haunt her.
According to Fox News, Harris’ uttered a few phrases highlighting the importance of the Virginia governor’s race — and what the outcome might mean more broadly for upcoming elections — that, in retrospect, she may now wish she’d never said.
At one point, the VP declared: “What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on.”
“The red wave is here”
Video of that particular remark — which went viral in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election, when Republican Glenn Youngkin pulled off a stunning upset win — was shared by Eric Trump, son of the former president, who captioned the clip: “Bet you wish you could take that one back.” Take a look:
Bet you wish you could take that one back…
“What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 3, 2021
According to Fox, Harris’ comments also caught the eye of Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, who insisted: “The red wave is here!”
Kamala Harris last week while campaigning in Virginia: “What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens In 2022, 2024, and on.”
Virginians sent a resounding message rebuking Democrats. The red wave is here!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 3, 2021
Of course, that wasn’t the only potentially regrettable comment from the vice president during the Virginia rally. According to a report from Politico, Harris told the Democratic rally-goers:
Each one of you in your possession has the ability to determine, yes, who will be the next governor, but also by extension, given the importance of this Virginia election, how the country is going to move.
She added: “There is so much power in the hands of the people, including not only determining the outcome of this very, very important election but making a statement about who we are as a nation.”
As it turned out, the statement was decidedly conservative — and Harris et al. have been forced to bite their tongues.
Still, Powerline argues that while the Virginia elections serve as a “bad sign” for Democrats looking to the 2022 midterms, the GOP should be wary not to grow overconfident. The Old Dominion State has flipped from blue to red and back again before, and there’s no guarantee it won’t happen again. If they want to pull off similar wins next November, Republicans need to keep putting up a fight.