The hope of Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe was shattered this week after being confronted with his stance on education issues, as more parents stand up and clash with school board leaders, and oddly changed the subject by asking the questioner if he had been vaccinated.
“Who do you think should control education if not Virginia’s parents? Conservative group Virginia Rising asked McAuliffe on Tuesday as the Democrat left an education roundtable.
McAuliffe ignored the question at first, asking instead, “Have you ever been vaccinated?” This is the question I want to know.
“You should have a mask. … You are dangerous here, ”McAuliffe continued.
As he climbed into the vehicle, McAuliffe boasted that he would “build education” in the state if he had another chance as head of state.
However, the roundtable images and videos show that almost everyone is wearing a mask except McAuliffe.
.@DSMcAuliffe and enjoyed a great roundtable with parents, educators, early childhood education officials and my good friend @AnneHolton in Alexandria this morning. Together we will build a world class education system and keep children safe in school. Let’s go! pic.twitter.com/iiWmmteA8a
– Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) 12 October 2021
It wouldn’t be the first time McAuliffe hasn’t practiced what he preaches. Over the summer, a passenger aboard Amtrak caught McAuliffe traveling without a mask, violating Amtrak’s policy, which states:
Federal law requires all customers and employees to wear a mask at all times on trains and in stations, regardless of immunization status or state or local laws. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to sanctions under federal law, denied boarding, withdrawal from the train and a future travel ban for non-compliance.
Terry McAuliffe, who supports mask warrants in Virginia, was caught on Amtrak and in the New York station without a mask. COVID Can’t Spread On Fundraising Trips?
– Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 14, 2021
The Democrat did not sufficiently address his state of hypocrisy, claiming to be “very good” at wearing his mask but doing everyone else. He said that people in general – not himself in particular – can “always do better”.
McAuliffe made waves after last month’s gubernatorial debate between him and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, saying: “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.
“I’m not going to let parents go into schools and actually take out books and make their own decisions,” he said.
Youngkin has since taken advantage of his opponent’s attack on outspoken parents involved in their children’s education:
Terry McAuliffe should learn law from Virginia. #VAgov
§ 1-240.1. Parents’ rights.
A parent has the fundamental right to make decisions about the upbringing, education and care of the parent’s child. https://t.co/0EDigYoCze pic.twitter.com/shFwGDg8Lf
– Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) September 29, 2021
Recent polls show McAuliffe is losing ground as election day approaches, especially among independent voters.
Election day is November 2.