Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) had a bad weekend—his challenger says, “He’s losing it.”
Virginia’s gubernatorial race is heating up. On Tuesday, former Governor Terry McAuliffe curtly ended an interview after scolding a reporter and walking off the stage.
“You should have asked better questions,” he told a reporter after cutting the interview short.
McAuliffe’s opponent, Republican Glenn Youngkin, joined others in criticizing McAuliffe’s performance, telling Fox & Friends his opponent has a history of heated exchanges with the press and police. McAuliffe also stated that he believes the race is “slipping away” from McAuliffe.
“These aren’t that hard questions,” Youngkin noted, speaking of McAuliffe’s abbreviated interview. “‘How are you going to fix our schools and what are you going to do to make our community safe?'”
Wanting to capitalize on what many view as a poor showing for McAuliffe during Tuesday’s interview, Youngkin said: “And here’s Terry McAuliffe, who won’t even answer questions from a local reporter. He yells at sheriffs. He barks at people all the time. I think he’s losing it because he knows this race is slipping away from him.”
McAuliffe has had recent conflicts with school boards, but notes one of his key priorities is education.
During McAuliffe’s watch, Loudoun County has become emblematic of the mounting tension across the country between parents, school boards, and local government. Virginia has been a focal point for trouble and debate—hot topics include mask mandates, gender-fluid policies, and the introduction of CRT curriculum.
McAuliffe’s recent comment, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” has fueled the fire and is now part of a GOP campaign ad.
Another ember in the fire is an unresolved sexual assault case involving a transgender student attacking a freshman girl in a bathroom. Youngkin has charged that the Loudoun County School Board helped to cover up the assault and now demands a full investigation.
In the interview with Fox, Youngkin said: “Loudoun County has been ground zero for a long time about what’s happened in education, but it’s the culmination of what’s been going on since Terry McAuliffe was governor.”
Youngkin added, “Terry McAuliffe is on the wrong side of this issue. He knows it. He wants the government to control our children, and parents aren’t having any part of it.”
“Rather than the Justice Department investigating parents who are standing up for their children,” Youngkin went on, “the Justice Department should be investigating the Loudoun County School Board and the Commonwealth’s attorney.”
“Our kids can’t wait,” he concluded.
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