Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe raised eyebrows during a debate Tuesday by suggesting parents shouldn’t have a role in telling schools what to teach their kids.
The comment came during a back and forth in which his opponent, the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, suggested parents be allowed to play a greater role.
“We should let local school districts actually make these decisions,” Youngkin suggested. “But we must ask them to include concepts of safety and privacy and respect in the discussion and we must ask that they include parents in the dialogue.”
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe, currently embroiled in a tight race for the position he previously held between 2014 and 2018.
Terry McAuliffe: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” pic.twitter.com/7S15pTv1gY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2021
Terry McAuliffe Criticized For Saying Parents Shouldn’t Tell Schools What To Teach
Democrat Terry McAuliffe received a fair amount of criticism on social media for the suggestion that parents shouldn’t have a role in deciding what schools teach.
Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller said, “Make sure every parent in Virginia hears this before they vote.”
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Sean Parnell, Republican candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania, argued that the comments show you what McAuliffe “really believes.”
“It should frighten every parent,” he added. “The reality is, all radical leftists think this way. They believe they know what’s best for you [and] your children. They want total government control over every aspect of your life.”
Always dangerous when Dems are accidentally honest:
McAuliffe thinks he should decide what school kids are taught, and pesky parents should shut up & obey! https://t.co/Pq91UUS5vS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 29, 2021
In 2016, McAuliffe, then governor of Virginia, vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents to block their children’s exposure to sexually explicit books in schools.
“School boards are best positioned to ensure that our students are exposed to those appropriate literary and artistic works that will expand students’ horizons and enrich their learning experiences,” McAuliffe argued at the time.
During Tuesday’s debate, McAuliffe addressed the matter.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools, and actually take books out, and make their own decision,” he said.
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 28, 2021
Terry McAuliffe, aside from suggesting parents have a very limited role in their child’s school education, has apparently been lazy doing his own homework.
The Washington Post reports that the McAuliffe campaign has reused the same script and footage from a campaign ad he used in 2013.
“If they’ve watched Terry McAuliffe’s advertising in this year’s campaign for governor, sharp-eyed Virginians may have experienced deja vu,” the Post wrote on Tuesday.
“The Democrat, seeking a comeback after four years in the private sector, is using some of the same images and language that appeared in his 2013 ad campaign.”
Youngkin, by contrast, had a brand new campaign video featuring McAuliffe’s latest comments within hours.
The McAuliffe campaign confirmed reusing the footage in their ad but, according to the Washington Post, “did not comment on why.”
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