The conservative press is slamming Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s last pitch to become Virginia governor before today’s election by cementing his support for Critical Race Theory (CRT) and inviting Randi Weingarten, the American Federation Of Teachers, to speak at a closing rally.
Virginia’s Loudon County has become the battleground for parents fighting their own school boards to have CRT removed from the educational curriculum. Virginia’s national dogfight between parents and educational boards indisputably became the catalyst for similar academic/political skirmishes taking place throughout the country.
For his part, McAuliffee has been insistent that parents should leave school curriculum to experts, saying at a September gubernatorial debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Observers thought McAuliffe bringing Weingarten to the fight was a bad move, but for the first time throughout his race, he was at least being partially honestly.
Rather than continuing playing to the middle, McAuliffe removed any doubt that he is moderate and went all in on CRT in hopes to mobilize his progressive base and pull him out of his behind-in-the-polls numbers.
That may be the case, but he has likely further alienated himself from independents and Democrats who are appalled at CRT and his blatant disregard for parental choice.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” McAuliffe told Chuck Todd when he was asked why he said parents shouldn’t get to help school districts determine their curricula, “Look, Chuck, we have a great school system in Virginia. Dorothy and I have raised our five children—of course, parents are involved in it.”
What McAuliffe didn’t tell Todd was that his own children were not educated in the public school system.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, “McAuliffe was privately educated, as were his children. He sent one of his sons to Gonzaga College High School, a private Catholic school in Washington, D.C. Three of his other five children attended the expensive D.C. area Potomac School, where the annual tuition starts at $45,000.”
McAuliffe continues to repeat the lie about children and COVID, prompting even the left-leaning Washington Post to call him out:
“For the last several months, McAuliffe has been a fixture of the Washington Post‘s fact check section, stacking pinocchios—the more pinocchios, the more deceptive the claim—like he has runs for governor.”
For his part, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has remained steadfast that parents should have a voice in their children’s education. In a report by The Hill, Youngkin told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt:
“Parents are absolutely angry about what’s happening in the public school systems. They’ve been fighting for them to get the schools open. They’ve been fighting for them to teach their children how to think and stop teaching them what to think. They’ve been fighting to make sure the materials that are in their curriculum, in the library are appropriate.”
It appears that Youngkin’s message has resounded with parents throughout the state, with Breitbart reporting that thousands attended Youngkin’s closing rally last night. Let’s just hope that American children win.