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Embattled Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who’s facing possible defeat in November in a state that went for President Joe Biden by nearly 500,000 votes, is facing yet another round of criticism.
The latest criticism comes after he berated a conservative activist when said activist questioned him about his controversial belief that parents should have no say over what their children learn at school.
A video of the encounter recorded by an activist with the conservative nonprofit Virginia Rising Action shows the activist attempting to question McAuliffe as he exits a building in Alexandria where he’d just participated in an education roundtable.
“Who do you think should be in control of education if not Virginia parents?” the activist asks as McAuliffe casually strolls to his ride.
The far-left Democrat candidate initially responds by lecturing the activist for not wearing a mask outdoors in the fresh air.
“Have you been vaccinated yet? That’s the question I want to know. You should have a mask on. … You’re dangerous here,” McAuliffe says in contradiction of known scientific evidence and CDC guidelines.
“In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings,” the CDC’s most recent guidelines clearly state.
However, the CDC does recommend wearing a mask indoors. Yet additional video footage captured by Virginia Rising Action shows everybody at the education roundtable in Alexandria wearing a mask except for McAuliffe.
Returning back to the first video, McAuliffe eventually gets to the topic he’d been questioned about — education — by claiming that his opponent, Republican Glenn Youngkin, “will destroy Virginia’s education system.”
“I’ll build education. That’s why Fox News has me leading. Glenn Youngkin will destroy Virginia’s education system,” he said.
The irony is that critics have long accused both McAuliffe, who originally served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018, and current Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam of destroying “Virginia’s education system,” among other things.
You had 4 yrs to prove you were worthy and you destroyed VA. No to CRT, no to teaching porn in school, no to banning classic works, no to telling black kids they are oppressed and Caucasian kids that they are oppressors. Yes to our constitution and laws
— bob (@stockspy420) October 10, 2021
Lies, lies and more lies. You destroyed the education system in VA and now, if elected you will push Critical theory, racism and segregation in our schools. Stay out of VA!
— Leigh Hughes (@LeighHu67560035) September 20, 2021
You destroyed this state. You brought poverty and division to all time highs. You destroyed trust that people had. You are the LAST thing this state needs.
— Melissa Mckee (@mistyblue20109) May 7, 2021
I love these Dems.. McAuliffe was already governor once.. Why didn’t he “build a world-class education system” then?
Then Northam.. another Dem.. Hello??
They’ll promise anything to get another term in office.. then? Nothing.
— Earnest (@Earnest52150243) October 12, 2021
3/1776 The Education system is out of control and could use a little parental control against the likes of McAuliffe. pic.twitter.com/9Q8vVNi7QT
— DAVID MACLEOD (@surefoundation7) October 4, 2021
To be clear, Youngkin’s campaign website notes that he wants to prioritize “student achievement” by refocusing “on the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math.”
“I’m tired of politicians lowering standards, lowering standards and yet calling it a success, setting our sights on the lowest common denominator instead of the highest hopes of our children. So here’s a simple fact: when he was governor, Terry McAuliffe and his political appointees lowered standards, and he dragged our children’s performance down with those diminished expectations,” a statement from Youngkin reads.
“I have a vision for the children of Virginia, that they would not just survive but they would thrive in Virginia’s classrooms, that they would be challenged to reach their full potential, that they would have rigorous curriculum that would prepare them for the workplace of the future, for the college opportunity of the future, and that all of our children will see their dream opportunity here in Virginia,” it continues.
Terry McAuliffe lowered academic standards and wants to put government between parents and their kids’ education. The difference could not be more clear. Join our movement, and together we’ll restore Virginia’s academic excellence. ➡️ https://t.co/8qdCeFuhYq pic.twitter.com/6utWPQUwMP
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 10, 2021
During McAuliffe’s first term as governor, standards were indeed lowered. Even the left-wing “fact-checker” PolitiFact has admitted this, though it claims it was for the best.
“McAuliffe signed a 2015 bill ordering a deemphasis of standardized test results in accrediting Virginia public schools. Eighty-eight schools were denied accreditation in 2017, the last year of the old standards. No school has been denied accreditation since the new standards went into effect in 2018,” PolitiFact notes.
Years later, the former governor has doubled down on his “woke” agenda by declaring that parents shouldn’t have a say in what their children are taught, even when their children are being exposed to radical content, including but not limited to racial essentialism (critical race theory) and pornography.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 26, 2021
In fact, in 2018, then-Gov. McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents to “opt” their children “out” of assignments involving material with “sexually explicit content.”
He went on to defend that decision during a recent debate with Youngkin, saying bluntly, “I’m not gonna let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions. I stopped the bill that I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Polling averages from RealClearPolitics show McAuliffe ahead of Youngkin by only 3.4 percentage points.
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