Former President Donald Trump slammed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as an ‘apologist’ during Monday’s tele-rally where he threw his support behind Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.
‘Glenn’s running against, as you know, very shady Terry McAuliffe. I know him very well,’ Trump told Virginians. ‘He’s an apologist, and that’s all you can say on critical race theory. It just entered his vocabulary a while ago, and now it’s there, and now he’s trying to get out of it because he sees what it’s doing to his numbers.
‘He actually said, ‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should be teaching.’
The former president’s phone rally lasted approximately six minutes, the Washington Examiner reported.
During that time he addressed several hot button topics including taxes, jobs and issues surrounding children’s education, such as critical race theory.
The role of critical race theory in Virginia’s education system has remained a major topic of debate throughout the gubernatorial race with McAuliffe arguing the teaching does not exist in the state and Youngkin vowing to ban it once and for all.
Former President Donald Trump slammed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as an ‘apologist for critical race theory’ during a tele-rally urging voters to support Republican Glenn Youngkin in Tuesday’s election
During his Monday night tele-rally, Trump encouraged his ‘great, giant, beautiful base’ to vote for Youngkin, alleging that Tuesday’s election is Virginia’s chance to ‘break the grip on the radical left that they have on the commonwealth.’
He warned his followers that McAuliffe would negatively impact the state’s education system, quoting the Democrat’s infamous statement from debate in September: ‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.’
‘That means all of those school boards… are listening to a lot of angry parents,’ the former president said.
‘We don’t want that. We want there to be harmony and peace.’
He urged Virginians to ‘send a very strong message to Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC plus three’ and the ‘really corrupt media’ by keeping the Democrat out of office.
‘If you vote to keep the radical Democrat machine in power, they’ll totally ruin that very special place where you live,’ Trump said. ‘You’re going to be totally powerless to stop them.’
He called McAuliffe corrupt and alleged that the former Virginia governor was aligned with the ‘radical left.’
‘He was not a successful governor, he was not a good governor, but he’s gotten worse. He’s made a corrupt bargain with the radical left, the extremists who control the Democratic Party,’ Trump argued.
Trump called Terry McAuliffe (pictured with his wife Dorothy at a campaign rally Sunday) an ‘apologist for critical race theory’ and alleged that the Democratic candidate was aligned with the ‘radical left’
Trump encouraged his ‘great, giant, beautiful base’ to vote instead for Glenn Youngkin (pictured at his campaign rally Monday), alleging that Tuesday’s election is Virginia’s chance to ‘break the grip on the radical left that they have on the commonwealth’
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.
Youngkin – who has kept Trump at arm’s length during his campaign, trying not to align himself with him or alienate his supporters – did not attend the call, nor was he involved in the planning.
In fact, the gubernatorial candidate held his own campaign rally Monday night in Virginia Beach and did not mention Trump once.
Despite Youngkin’s apparent distance from the former president Trump told his supporters that the Republican was a ‘fantastic guy.’
‘Tomorrow, I’d like to ask everyone to get out and vote for Glenn Youngkin,’ he urged.
‘I’ve gotten to know him so well and our relationship is great.’
The former president touted Youngkin’s businesses successes and told his supporters that the Republican was ‘great on jobs and taxes, keeping them low.’
He argued that Youngkin would ‘make Virginia really the envy of the world.’
‘Glenn Youngkin has had an enormously successful career in business as most of you know, running a very incredible company that employed hundreds of people,’ Trump touted.
‘He’ll be on your taxes and keeping them low. They’re going to raise them through the sky. And he’ll make Virginia really the envy of the world. You’ll watch, and he’ll be able to do it and won’t even be that hard.’
Trump also warned that McAuliffe would ‘massively raise your taxes,’ be ‘weak on crime,’ and that ‘he’ll shred your Second Amendment.’
He also encouraged voters to select Republicans ‘up and down the ballot.’
Throughout the gubernatorial race, Trump has remained vocal about issues impacting Virginians.
On Saturday he shared that he supported the parents protesting at the Loudoun County school against administrators who seek to teach critical race theory.
‘I’ve been watching the school board hearings more closely than I ever have, to be honest, and it’s so interesting,’ the former president told Fox News on Saturday.
Critical race theory teachings have been met with backlash in Virginia, specifically in Loudoun County (Pictured: Chaos at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in June 2021)
Trump previously predicted that the controversy surrounding the schools would boost Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s (left) chances of winning Tuesday’s election. Democrat Terry McAuliffe (right) has repeatedly denied the existstence of critical race theory in the state’s education system
‘The parents are incensed. They’re not terrorists. They’re people that are just so upset.’
The former president said parents are also mobilized to prevent schools from teaching racial content.
‘They’re angry. They’re hurt. They’re crying because their children are being taught things that – in our opinion, in my opinion, in the vast majority of the people in this country’s opinion – they don’t want their children to hear about this stuff,’ Trump continued.
‘They want to go back to reading, writing, and arithmetic, and they want to hear that black people are good, and they want to hear that white people are good.
‘This is the division that is being caused by these programs.’
Critical race theory teachings have been met with backlash in Virginia, specifically in Loudoun County.
McAuliffe has repeatedly denied the existstence of critical race theory in the state’s education system.
Youngkin – who has kept Trump at arm’s length during his campaign, trying not to align himself with him or alienate his supporters – did not attend the tele-rally. He instead held his own campaign event in Virginia Beach on Monday night (pictured)
‘It’s a dog whistle,’ McAuliffe said during an interview last month. ‘It’s racial. It’s division. And it’s used by Glenn Youngkin and others … to divide people. It’s not taught here in Virginia.’
Youngkin, however, has vowed to ban critical race theory from being taught in schools if he is elected.
‘[I]n the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’re called to judge one another based on the content of our character and not the color of our skin,’ Youngkin said at a rally on Sunday. ‘And that’s why there’s no place for critical race theory in our school system, and why, on day one, I’m going to ban it.’
‘[Critical race theory] teaches children to see everything through a lens of race and then to divide them into buckets and and have children [who] are called privileged and others [who] are victims. It is just wrong.’