McAuliffe Virginia governor campaign's inability to combat 'race-baiting BS' blasted by progressives

一个 声明 issued by the left-wing groups Battle Born Collective, 正义民主党, Sunrise Movement and United We Dream Action said McAuliffe’sshellackingTuesday night by Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin should be awake up call for Democratsahead of the 2022 midterm 选举.

Democratic nominee for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe looks on as he addresses supporters during an election night party and rally in McLean, 维吉尼亚州, 十一月. 2, 2021.

Democratic nominee for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe looks on as he addresses supporters during an election night party and rally in McLean, 维吉尼亚州, 十一月. 2, 2021. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

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Terry McAuliffe ran the milquetoast campaign he wanted to run — where every other word he uttered was ‘Donald Trump’ instead of focusing on the issues voters cared about the most,” the groups wrote.

What happened in Virginia is what happens when Democrats fail to take on the GOP’s divide-and-conquer racism and motivate people to turn out,” 他们继续. “The McAuliffe campaign had no comprehensive pro-worker economic message against a literal private equity magnate. It had no positive message on what the next four years would be like for Virginians. It had no rebuttal to Republican race-baiting bull—-. Put simply: it was a campaign designed to fail.

This was a controlled experiment for what NOT to do in 2022,” 他们写. “This is what it looks like when Democrats get caught flat-footed and let Republicans dictate the terms of the debate by manufacturing a fake ‘education crisis.’ It does not have to be this way. There is still time to adopt an inclusive economic message that crowds out racist dog whistles. There is still time to go on offense and fight for the very voters who powered Democratic victories in 2020.

The left-wing groups also blasted theDC establishmentfor rushing to back McAuliffe’s campaign, saying itsidelined two potentially history-making Black women running for the same office.

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, 维吉尼亚州, 星期三初, 十一月. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, 维吉尼亚州, 星期三初, 十一月. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克) (美联社 )

Education and the teaching of critical race theory (显像管) in public schools became a key issue in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Youngkin has vowed to ban CRT from being taught in schools on his first day as governor, while McAuliffe has repeatedly described the fight against CRT as a racist dog whistle. He has also claimed the theory has never been taught in Virginia, despite it being promoted on the state’s department of education website.

Progressives have attempted to paint McAuliffe’s loss as a win for White supremacy.

“这不是消息, 乡亲. This country simply loves white supremacy,” 发推文 The Atlantic contributor Jemele Hill.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, 对, hugs his wife, 多萝西, as he makes an appearance at an election night party in McLean, 维吉尼亚州, 星期二, 十一月. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, 对, hugs his wife, 多萝西, as he makes an appearance at an election night party in McLean, 维吉尼亚州, 星期二, 十一月. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (美联社 )

Critics noted that Virginia Republicans are set to elect Jason Miyares as the the state’s first Latino attorney general and Winsome Sears as the state’s first woman of color lieutenant governor. Both candidates have declared victory, though the AP has not called either race.

Ah yes, that’s why we elected the first latino to Virginia AG and the first black woman to Lt. 总督. Really makes sense, Jemele,” conservative commentator Caleb Hull 发推文.

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