Parents fed up with the prospect school boards implementing critical race theory were undoubtedly the decisive factor in Republican Glenn Youngkin’s surprise defeat of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia‘s gubernatorial race, Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson said.
The conservative TV anchor pushed back at liberal media pundits who argued that CRT was used as a ‘bogeyman’ for Republicans to get parents to vote red.
‘Schools are teaching students, your children, that some races are inherently superior to other races. That’s the definition of racism, that some children are born with the sin of sin, inherently? That’s Nazi stuff, it is. It is totally un-American. No child is born with a stain of sin,’ Carlson said.
He accused the media of desperately holding onto the false belief that the reason Democrats lost the state was that ‘Virginia parents are racists.’
‘This is not a semantic debate about what critical race theory means,’ Carlson said, accusing MSNBC journalists of drinking the cool-aid served up by ‘Jim Jones,’ referencing the People Temple’s preacher who led the mass murder-suicide of 900 people.
The tight Youngkin-McAuliffe race took a turn after the Republican newcomer pledged to ban CRT, seizing on the discontent of parents who had grown agitated after the Loudon County school board announced a $6million ‘equity-training’ program that parents associated with CRT.
Carlson accused the media of desperately holding onto the false belief that the reason Democrats lost the state was that Virginia parents are racists
‘This not a semantic debate about what critical race theory means,’ Carlson said, and called MSNBC journalists ‘Jim Joes,’ referencing the People Temple’s preacher, who led the mass murder-suicide of 900 people
‘Our schools are teaching our kids what to think as opposed to how to think. We’re going to go in on day one and re-establish excellence in schools,’ Youngkin said during an interview with Sean Hannity.
Youngkin vowed to ban critical race theory from schools and said he would open an investigation into the Loudoun County School Board, which has been marred in controversy over an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl by a boy wearing a skirt in a high school bathroom.
MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace said after McAuliffe’s election defeat that ‘critical race theory, which isn’t real, turned the suburbs,’ while Maria Teresa Kumar said that Republicans ‘were okay with the dog whistles of racism’ and then centered the state on ‘schools, schools, schools.’
Another MSNBC anchor, Joy Reid, added that the GOP had weaponized race in order to win the election and CRT was being used as a right-wing ‘bogeyman.’
Carlson countered: ‘These people are Jim Jones. At best. Most of them don’t even believe it with the sincerity,’ Carlson said.
Youngkin took stage at an election-night rally in Chantilly, Virginia on Tuesday night. The Republican beat McAuliffe by 2.5 percentage points
Youngkin vowed to ban critical race theory from schools and said he would open an investigation into the Loudoun County School Board, which has been marred in controversy over an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl by a boy in a skirt in a high school bathroom
Parents protest against anti-racist teachings in the school district while officials insist CRT is not on the curriculum
Two people were arrested during a school board meeting that descended into chaos
A man is detained after a fight broke out during a Loudoun County School Board meeting which included a discussion of Critical Race Theory and transgender students
Loudon County, a Democratic stronghold in northern Virginia, became the focal point of debate over woke policies by school boards across the country.
In April, the county announced that they planned to allocate more than $6 million to ‘equity training’ which was met with strong opposition by some residents.
They claimed that training was part of a pro-CRT push which would lead to students seeing themselves as victims or oppressors, depending on their race.
Then over the summer, a rowdy school board meeting debating transgender rights ended in an arrest.
Protests then reignited in September, when the school board voted 6-3 in favor of beginning a study into whether it would be appropriate to give reparations to black people after it previously ignored a landmark desegregation ruling.
Glenn Youngkin holds hands with Winsome Sears (L) and his wife Suzanne (R) during a group prayer after a news network called the Virginia Gubernatorial race in favor of Youngkin at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during his election night event at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner
The tight Youngkin-McAuliffe race took a turn after the Republican newcomer pledged to ban CRT, seizing on the discontent of parents who had grown agitated after a school board announced a $6million ‘equity-training’ program that parents associated with CRT
The school board then faced another incident when it was revealed that a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the girls’ bathroom by a ‘boy wearing a skirt.’
That boy was moved to another school, where he allegedly carried out a second sex attack in October. The teen is now in custody, amid an uproar over how he was allowed to allegedly offend again.
Youngkin stormed to victory in Virginia on Tuesday by taking votes away from Democrats with a surge in support from white women, the suburbs, and areas where Donald Trump struggled when he lost the state by 10 points in 2020.
Exits polls showed white women went for Youngkin after Biden carried them over Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Turnout surged in the state, forcing precincts to print extra ballots, but a lower showing from black voters hampered McAuliffe.
Republicans haven’t won statewide in Virginia since 2009. That year, Bob McDonnell was able to capitalize on a backlash against Barack Obama’s presidential win to take the state. His victory preceded a GOP wave that gave Republicans control of the House in the 2010 midterms.
Virginia, however, also tends to elect a governor of the opposite party to whoever occupies the White House.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.