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In yet another instance of liberal projection, NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd implied that conservatives are overreaching when it comes to the “heating up” culture war especially as it relates to the woke indoctrination of young children in public schools.
In a further bit of irony, it was up to Never Trumper Carlos Curbelo, in the clip embedded above, to give Todd and the other out-of-touch panelists on the Sunday morning show a reality check.
Viewing the situation only through the lens of politics, Todd teed up the segment by lamenting that legislation such as the Parental Rights in Education bill signed by Ron DeSantis (as well as similar bills in other states) is merely a way for the Republican governor to enhance his resume for a 2024 presidential run.
Todd, who has previously fretted about the Democrats losing control of Congress this year, asked Curbelo, a two-term GOP Florida congressman who was defeated in 2018, whether the right was overreaching and thus could result in the GOP getting “punished” by voters for this misbehavior at the ballot box.
“One hallmark of the culture wars in this country is the party that overreaches is who gets punished. Are we at a tipping point here where the right’s overreaching?” he asked.
Curbelo appeared to disagree. “Right now, Republicans are winning the culture wars in this country. That’s just the way it is. You look at defund the police, you look at defund ICE. Now in Florida, you have this parental empowerment bill, the opponents call it the ‘don’t say gay’ bill,” he replied.
Libs fully triggered over the term ‘groomer’ after insisting ‘gender’ be taught to K-3 children https://t.co/OIbhIIzIvO
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 6, 2022
“Republicans have basically baited Democrats in Florida into taking the position that students in grades K-3, students who are learning to color and read and write, should be taught about sexuality, about gender identity. So I think Democrats have consistently been, at least perceived to be, on the wrong side of these issues, and Republicans are gonna keep going to the well every time, and for Ron DeSantis, if he runs in 24, he’s going to run on these issues,” Curbelo further explained.
Todd then jumped on the “baited” terminology and lamented, again with no self-awareness, that the Florida law, instead of trying to correct an issue created by the left-wing, virtue-signaling educational establishment, is “big government telling people what to do… this is government…saying they want to look in your — they want to know what your kid’s gender is…Get out of my kid’s bedroom.”
Panelist Anna Palmer of Punchbowl News attributed the Democrats’ inability to push back as a messaging problem in which they have been unable to come up with an “animating slogan.”
NBC News correspondent Josh Lederman admitted that Republicans are controlling the narrative, (even though the corporate media marches in lockstep with Democrats on virtually all issues.)
“If you were to ask the average parent of a first-grader, do you want your kid to be taught about sex in first grade? Most parents would probably say oooh, probably not,” he conceded. “But if f you asked, is it okay for your kid to be read a book about Peter the Penguin who has two Penguin dads, you’re not gonna have the same kind of response. But Democrats have sort of ceded the argument on this, on so many of these cultural issues.”
“And this is why Democrats are losing working-class voters, Latino voters, because they seem so disconnected,” Curbelo informed the panel, bring the discussion back to the real world. “A lot of the messaging comes from the progressive base of the Democratic Party, and that messaging does not connect with working-class voters, with Latino voters….”
Tulsi Gabbard stands by FL parental rights bill, says it ‘simply bans woke sexual’ indoctrination in class https://t.co/wF00c6RLcF
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 4, 2022
In another paradox, Boston Globe writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr claimed that in general, Democrats “focus on the policy and the solutions,” while Republicans concentrate on politics and winning elections.
Todd wrapped up the conversation by insisting that the midterm elections constitute a rare scenario in which both cultural and economic issues are in play on Election Day.
Earlier in the discussion, Todd claimed, without evidence, that Sunshine State voters were about equally divided on the Parental Rights bill, but some data recently shared by an NBC colleague perhaps suggests otherwise.
Poll shows FL DEMOCRATIC primary voters support the GOP Legislature’s “Parental Rights”/LGBT education bill by 52-36%
FL Capitol Dems opposed it & made it a top messaging priority
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 24, 2022
As alluded to above, it is conceivable that projection by the left has reached unprecedented proportions when, e.g., Big Government and anti-free speech apologists bemoan attacks on ‘democracy,’ misinformers complain about misinformation/disinformation, and diversity advocates demand conformity.
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