The mainstream media lost their minds on Tuesday night when Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial election.

One member of the media who came particularly unglued was CNN commentator and former Barack Obama advisor Van Jones, who declared that Youngkin’s win was the emergence of “the delta variant of Trumpism.”


“When this election is over we will know, have we seen the emergence of the delta variant of Trumpism,” Jones said Tuesday night just before the polls closed. “In other words, Youngkin … same disease, but spreads a lot faster and can get a lot more places.”

Jones went on to say that Youngkin’s win should serve as a “wake-up call” for Democrats.

“I think that, you know, the Democratic Party, I mean, everybody that I’m talking to tonight, there’s a — this is a big, big wake-up call. I think people took Virginia for granted,” he said. “We took California for granted, but then people, you know, got in there and saved Gavin.”

Jones got a little more self-reflective on Wednesday, however, when he admitted that Democrats are “annoying” and “out of touch.”

“I think that the Democrats are coming across in ways that we don’t recognize that are annoying and offensive and seem out of touch in ways that I don’t think show up in our feeds when we’re looking at our kind of echo chamber, and I think it’s a message here,” he said, adding that this is a “turbulent and volatile period” and that “Democrats have to look in the mirror now.”


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Another member of the media who had a meltdown over Youngkin’s victory was MSNBC host Joy Reid, who described the Republican as “dangerous” and “racist.”

“These Republicans are dangerous, that this isn’t a party that’s just another political party that disagrees with us on tax policy. That at this point, they’re dangerous,” Reid railed, according to The New York Post. “They’re dangerous to our national security, because stoking that kind of soft white nationalism eventually leads to the hardcore stuff. It leads to the January 6 stuff.”

Not stopping there, Reid warned that a vote for Youngkin would open the floodgates to “hardcore racism.”

Conservative personality compared MSNBC’s reaction to Youngkin’s win to the “seven stages of grief.”

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“MSNBC is currently going through the seven stages of grief on an endless loop in real time,” Sexton wrote on Twitter. “It’s great, highly recommend.”