Left welcomes Gov. Youngkin with 'both barrels'

Left welcomes Gov. Youngkin with 'both barrels'

In this pre-election photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin converses with Winsome Earle-Sears, the GOP's candidate for lieutenant governor. Both won their office and were sworn in on January 15. (AP file)

Left welcomes Gov. Youngkin with 'both barrels'

A Virginia-based conservative activist and columnist says it's clear that the state's new Republican governor is being effective – because he has already been made a target of the Left.

Glenn Youngkin hasn't wasted any time in fulfilling campaign promises to the voters who elected him to end eight years of his Democratic predecessors' socialist policies. He has ended mask mandates in public schools, dropped vaccine requirements for state workers, and barred the teaching of critical race theory. But because of his efforts, he now has the proverbial "target" on his back.

"You can tell when a Republican is being effective," says Washington Times columnist Robert Knight. "The Washington Post goes after him with both barrels – and that's what's happening to Glenn Youngkin."

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The new Virginia governor was sworn in on Saturday, January 15 – and right out of the box he kept his campaign promises.

"And the liberals are outraged," Knight tells AFN. "They're calling him a monster and the teachers' unions are after him. [But] the people are with him. They're tired of the tyrannical rule from Richmond and Washington, DC."

Knight responds to talk that Youngkin might be in the mix for a presidential run in 2024.

"I think it's a little early in [his] tenure as governor of Virginia to start thinking that way," he states. "But yeah, people bring that kind of thing up right away – they say 'Oh look, a leader who's actually keeping his promises.' The last time we saw that was with President Trump."

Youngkin's first public act after being sworn in was to lead the state in a prayer, flanked by his lieutenant governor and attorney general and their respective spouses.

"We [Virginians] like what we see," Knight adds. "This guy could be long-term something special."