Youngkin calls for ‘American Revolution’ to wean country off China
Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), fresh from a trade mission to Taiwan and Japan, called for a national policy this week to restore American manufacturing dominance and end reliance on communist China.
“We need an American Revolution in order to no longer depend on Chinese manufacturing,” the governor said to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute in Simi Valley, California.
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“We need to bring semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, automotive supply chains here to the United States, and we must strengthen our business and diplomatic ties with friends and allies. The stakes are high, and the consequences couldn’t be greater,” he said in the visionary address, part of the Reagan Library’s “A Time for Choosing” speech series.
Regularly referring to China as the “CCP,” he portrayed the nation as America’s prime adversary, and he suggested states follow Virginia’s example in limiting Chinese influence.
For example, he highlighted his decisions to pull TikTok from state phones, reject a China-backed electric car battery plant, and block land sales to Beijing.
“We should own the rich agricultural lands that God has blessed us with, not the CCP,” Youngkin said.
While his address sounded presidential, he suggested in an interview that he’s not readying a 2024 presidential campaign.
He held out his 2021 victory and changes already made in Richmond as an example for the GOP presidential nominee to follow.
“Conservative policies win because they are grounded in timeless truths and in common sense, and, more importantly, commonsense policies work. Virginia is the test case, proof positive, a state that can lurch left and was falling behind, made a choice, and is now winning,” he added.
David Trulio, the president and CEO of the Reagan Foundation, lauded his fellow Virginian during his introduction by comparing Youngkin to Reagan. After vaguely describing Reagan’s rise in politics, he said, “If you think I’m talking about Ronald Reagan, you’re right. But if you think I’m talking about Glenn Youngkin and Virginia, well, you’re also right. With President Reagan, we know the rest of the story. But the rest of the Gov. Youngkin story is yet to be written,” said Trulio.
Youngkin opened by expressing his awe in speaking at the Reagan facility and being compared to the president most modern-day Republicans consider the best.
“As a kid who 40 years ago was taking out trash and washing dishes at a diner in Virginia Beach, it’s pretty overwhelming to stand here,” said Youngkin, who went on to run the Carlyle Group.
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He added that his youngest son, working on a leadership project, chose to focus on Reagan’s successes, a sign that the 40th president remains relevant.
“Now, let’s be clear. He chose on his own accord, and he did not choose me,” Youngkin said to laughter from the crowd, adding, “It made me so proud.”