Instead of “clarifying” or apologizing to parents, McAuliffe keeps defending his remarks that parents shouldn’t “be telling schools what they should teach.”
It was the gaffe heard ’round the commonwealth.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who wants a second chance at ruining Virginia, committed a blunder of colossal proportions during a recent debate against his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe said parents shouldn’t “be telling schools what they should teach.”
Yes, amidst a headline-making, state-wide uprising of parents who’ve had it with their children being made political pawns by radical school boards and woke school officials, McAuliffe dared to tell these parents, in no uncertain terms, to buzz off.
This may go down as one of the biggest debate blunders in recent history. https://t.co/fB1jB9ccKF
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) September 29, 2021
As is typical of Democrats, he conveniently forgets that parents, in part, fund these schools. They have every right in the world to tell schools what should and should not be taught.
The story doesn’t end there, of course. In the weeks following the debate, McAuliffe took every opportunity to double down on his remark. While parents pleaded with school boards for a seat at the table, the guy who sent his kids to an eye-watering expensive private school told them they had no right to that seat.
The Youngkin campaign took note of McAuliffe’s smug, tone-deaf defense of his remarks and put out a brutal ad earlier this week. In it, McAuliffe blithely tells parents they do have the right to say to schools they want teachers vaccinated, but “we don’t want them picking books.”
They don’t call him McAwful for nothing.
This self-inflicted blow might prove fatal with the voters. Democrats don’t win in Virginia if they don’t take population-heavy Northern Virginia. What Dems seem oblivious to this cycle is that the Northern Virginia of 2021 is not the Northern Virginia of 2020, which went for Biden. Party lines don’t matter when radical, power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats threaten your parental rights.
Recent polling shows a virtual dead heat between McAuliffe and Youngkin. Angry suburban parents might prove to be the mightiest voting bloc in recent history.
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