McAuliffe: ‘Racist Dog Whistle’ to Claim K–12 Schools Teach CRT

McAuliffe: ‘Racist Dog Whistle’ to Claim K–12 Schools Teach CRT

October 15, 2021

Tuesday during an appearance on MSNBC, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor again, continued to deny that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is being taught in schools, describing it falsely as a racist “dog whistle” and a “right-wing conspiracy.”

McAuliffe said that his opponent, Republican Glenn Youngkin, “talks about Critical Race Theory. He talks about having these parents’ meetings on Critical Race Theory. It really bothers me because it is a racist dog whistle. We don’t teach Critical Race Theory here in Virginia.”

Fact check: yes, the racist indoctrination of CRT is taught in VA schools and all across the country.

Sunday on CNN, McAuliffe made a similar remark, saying, “I really hate to see what Glenn Youngkin is trying to do to Virginia what Donald Trump did to our country. … Let’s just be clear. We don’t teach Critical Race Theory. This is a made-up, this is a Trump-Betsy DeVos-Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people, and it really bothers me.”

Again, in June, McAuliffe was caught on tape describing CRT as “made up”: “It’s another right-wing conspiracy. This is totally made up by Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin. This is who they are. It’s a conspiracy theory.”

Absolutely false. McAuliffe is a liar who has openly expressed his outrageous position that parents should not have a say in their own children’s education.

The Youngkin campaign said in a statement that McAuliffe’s stance on CRT is proof he wants to “keep parents out of the classroom so his special interest allies can force their radical political agenda into classrooms and tell children what to think instead of teaching them how to think.”

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