MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell calls Youngkin 'textbook case' of dishonest culture warrior

星期二, in preparation for Virginia’s governor race, Mitchell discussed Youngkin and his political rival Terry McAuliffe hours prior to polls closing onAndrea Mitchell Reports.She claimed that Youngkin ran a tight race against McAuliffe only because hearguably distortedthe issue regarding education. Like many other journalists, she claimed that critical race theory is not being taught in 维吉尼亚州 学校.

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FAIRFAX, 弗吉尼亚州 - 九月 23: Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the press after casting an early ballot September 23, 2021 in Fairfax, 维吉尼亚州. Youngkin is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffee for governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Win McNamee / Getty Images摄)

FAIRFAX, 弗吉尼亚州 – 九月 23: Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the press after casting an early ballot September 23, 2021 in Fairfax, 维吉尼亚州. Youngkin is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffee for governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Win McNamee / Getty Images摄) (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“教育, Glenn Youngkin is almost a textbook case of someone who has taken a cultural issue, and arguably distorted it, that is the accusation and according to all of our fact checking, 你懂, critical race theory is not taught in Virginia schools, it’s not a big deal, but it’s become, 你懂, a cause of outrage in so many school boards,” Mitchell said.

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Mitchell’s guest White House correspondent Kristen Welker agreed, 加 “we can’t find that it is being taught anywhere.

“是, they’re talking about traditional issues like the economy, but here education is front and center and McAuliffe is accusing Youngkin of trying to stoke the culture wars because he’s talking about critical race theory, which as you point out, we can’t find that it is being taught anywhere, but it is resonating with some voters,” Welker said.

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe waves during 65th annual Leesburg Halloween Parade in downtown Leesburg, 维吉尼亚州, 我们。, 十月 31, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe waves during 65th annual Leesburg Halloween Parade in downtown Leesburg, 维吉尼亚州, 我们。, 十月 31, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

This matched McAuliffe’s previous 要求 on Sunday that critical race theory hadnever been taught in Virginiaon NBC’sMeet the Press.

What’s Glenn Youngkin education plan? He wants to ban critical race theory. 好, let me explain: It’s never been taught in Virginia,” McAuliffe said.

然而, the Virginia Department of Education 显示 several examples of promoting the phrase “批判种族理论。” One included a presentation from 2015, when McAuliffe previously served as governor, that encouraged schools toembrace Critical Race Theory” 在 “order to re-engineer attitudes and belief systems.

Concerned community members and parents line up outside of the Loudoun County School board headquarters to voice their concerns about Critical Race Theory and other education issues on the docket, (阿什本), 维吉尼亚州, 我们. 六月 22, 2021. 路透社/伊夫林霍克斯坦

Concerned community members and parents line up outside of the Loudoun County School board headquarters to voice their concerns about Critical Race Theory and other education issues on the docket, (阿什本), 维吉尼亚州, 我们. 六月 22, 2021. 路透社/伊夫林霍克斯坦

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