CNN's Jim Acosta compares Virginia to 'Soviet-style police state' under Glenn Youngkin

Durante un segmento en su programa de horario estelar de relleno, Acosta, al hacer la comparación, cited an email tip line set up by Youngkin’s administration in which parents can report teachers that teach “divisivo” topics to their children, como teoría crítica de la raza, while also mocking the way Youngkin dressed.

Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, izquierda, and CNN host Jim Acosta, derecho. (Reuters / Getty Images)

Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, izquierda, and CNN host Jim Acosta, derecho. (Reuters / Getty Images) (Reuters / Getty Images)

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Acosta began the segment by criticizing Republicans for, what he referred to as, la “latest culture war obsession.

In office less than two weeks and Governor Glenn Youngkin has already set up an email tip line for parents to report teachers for teaching divisive subjects,” he said while claiming that thetactic of pitting citizen against citizenwas also going on in other Republican-run states, such as Texasnew legal mechanism allowing lawsuits against those helping others obtain abortions.

Youngkin touted the implementation of the tip email on Monday, describing it as a way for parents to notify the administration of instances in which they felt their fundamental rights were being violated, their children weren’t being respected, or whereinherently divisivepractices were taking place in schools.

“Sabes, I seem to remember Glenn Youngkin campaigning in a fleece vest in Virginia. He was running as a different kind of Republican. I was told there was going to be a vest, not a Soviet-style police state across the Potomac from Washington,” Acosta told liberal writer Molly Jong-Fast.

Acosta did not go into further detail as to how Virginia was similar to a communist state under the former Soviet Union.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market in Alexandria, Virginia, NOSOTROS., octubre 30, 2021. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market in Alexandria, Virginia, NOSOTROS., octubre 30, 2021. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts (Reuters)

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“sí, it’s really weird,” Jong-Fast said. “He was elected. He wouldn’t let Trump come and campaign with him. He sort of pretended to be this kind of non-Trumpy Trump. And then as soon as he got in there he started taking away masking in Virginia public schools. He started with these teacher hot lines where you can rat out your teacher. I mean he’s really gone full Ron DeSantis right away.

Acosta cited a report that claimed there were dozens of new proposals that would allow parentsto punish teachersfor teaching things they didn’t like.

I guess if you want to cancel your teacher you just have to e-mail the governor in Virginia and I guess rat them out in other ways in other states,” él dijo.

Critics took to social media to blast Acosta, with some referring to his comparison asa bridge too far” y “evil.

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