Reported by Nick Monroe, Cleveland, Ohio | November 1, 2021
The race for Virginia governor comes down to the final hours in the battle between Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe and Republican contender Glenn Youngkin. The primary concern of education amongst voters has come home to roost on the last day before official Election Day voting.
John Roberts interviewed a local mother who voted for President Joe Biden about how she felt about McAuliffe. It wasn’t down party lines.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” said McAuliffe in a debate at the end of September.
The Fox News host asked the local parent for her feedback. “Well I think it just highlighted, again, […] that Terry wants to silence the voices of parents, and I think that that comment made parents realize that we need to stand up, we can’t sit back. We can’t wait when it comes to our children’s safety in our schools and their education and what they’re learning in school,” the mother answered.
These remarks echo the concerns of parents in Loudoun County. They recently had to face a controversy surrounding how the school board handled a sexual assault case involving one of their students in a school bathroom.
This all comes as McAuliffe’s education plan intends to put “anti-racism” at the forefront, going as far as redrawing school’s boundary zones to reflect that ideological sentiment, which could see a return to 1970s-style bussing. In an event on Sunday in Manassas, Virginia, the Democrat vowed to the crowd that one of his priorities is diversifying the teacher base.
“50 percent of the students of Virginia schools K – 12 … 50 percent are students of color, and yet 80 percent of teachers are white!” McAuliffe said. “We all know what we have to do in school to make everybody feel comfortable in school. So let’s diversify! So here’s what I’m going to do. We’ll be the first state in America … if you’ll teach for five years here in Virginia, in a high-demand area that’d be geographic or course-work … We will pay room, board, and tuition at any college, any university, any HBCU here in the commonwealth of Virginia.”
According to the Daily Mail, McAuliffe has cancelled a Virginia Beach rally event scheduled for Monday as polls show him neck-in-neck against Youngkin.
This comes at the final hours of the McAuliffe campaign, who at the end of last week had to contend with a purported Lincoln Project hoax involving tiki torches and fake Republican supporters standing outside the Youngkin campaign bus. When the Democrat stunt was debunked, McAuliffe’s campaign had condemned the dirty tactics, despite spreading the hoax themselves all day.