House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) looks toward 2022 to fire Pelosi as House Speaker, with 15 new Congressional seats in 2020 and more on the way.
While many viewed the 2020 election as a loss for conservatives, Congressman McCarthy noted a critical milestone. For the first time since 1994, every Republican House member running for reelection won.
And the GOP is not done yet. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted recently: “I’ve seen firsthand since 2016 that @GOPLeader has been the strongest House GOP leader of my lifetime. He’s always fought for my father & our movement. Proud to call Kevin a friend & I’m excited to work closely with him to to take back the House in 2022!”
I’ve seen firsthand since 2016 that @GOPLeader has been the strongest House GOP leader of my lifetime. He’s always fought for my father & our movement. Proud to call Kevin a friend & I’m excited to work closely with him to to take back the House in 2022! https://t.co/7t03w9vihT
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 29, 2021
McCarthy’s strategy began with plans to retake the 31 districts won by Trump in 2016 that were lost in 2018. He hoped to win back 20 to take power back in the House.
In 2020, unlikely victories occurred with two Korean-American Republicans winning in California. Both Michelle Steel and Young Kim added important diversity to the GOP while bringing a conservative voice from a typically left state.
Female leadership also played a major victory in the 2020 Congress. According to McCarthy’s team, 228 women filed to run as Republican Congressional candidates in 2020, nearly double the number over a decade ago.
Trump endorsements will play a key role in the 2020 midterms, offering a strong voice of support bringing donations and votes toward select candidates. The Trump name may also play a vital part in a related Senate race if Lara Trump moves forward with officially running in North Carolina in 2022.
Regardless of the situation among conservatives in Washington at the moment, McCarthy and others look forward with hope. 2022 is just around the corner, and Republicans have their eyes on Congress — and Pelosi’s job — as the big prize.