NYT’s editor late to party, claims Youngkin ‘defines new ‘Republican mainstream position’: pro-vaccine, anti-mandate

The editor of a New York Times political newsletter claimed that GOP Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory has “defined” a “new Republican mainstream” view when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, which led several social media users to mock him as being grossly out-of-touch.

“I received my COVID-19 booster vaccine this morning. It’s YOUR decision, but I encourage every Virginian to join me. Together, we can help keep our communities safe,” Youngkin, who unexpectedly defeated Democratic challenger and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe last month wrote on Twitter.

Blake Hounshell, editor of the Times’ “On Politics” newsletter, wrote in response, “Youngkin has defined the new Republican mainstream position: for vaccines, but against mandates.”

Several social media users noted that is not a new position among Republicans, noting that as early as last year, several GOP governors including Florida’s Ron DeSantis adopted that position.

“New York Times writer doesn’t know what the word ‘new’ means,” wrote Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ communications director.

“That’s been the GOP stance all along. As an alleged journalist, you should know this,” Twitter user AdamInHTown added.

“Literally the opinion of every Republican I know,” wrote another user.


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