OP-ED: Terry McAuliffe’s 1984-Style Lies

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Though he previously held a substantial lead in the polls, Terry McAuliffe is running in a very close race with Glenn Youngkin for governor of Virginia.  In fact, the polling averages for both RealClear Politics and FiveThirtyEight now show Youngkin in a lead for the first time in the campaign.  McAuliffe has thrown everything he’s got at Youngkin, but it’s hard to land a good talking point if none of the allegations are based in fact.  In 1984, George Orwell wrote: “the Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears.  It was their final, most essential command.”  

Terry McAuliffe has full-heartedly embraced the totalitarian mindset of the Party, stating that parents’ have no right to have a say in their child’s education, and that mandates should “make life difficult” for those who choose to not be vaccinated.  Because his platform is not popular by poll numbers, however, he is forced to slander his opponent with verifiably false lies and untruths to win voters.  By repeatedly making accusations that are so outrageously false and plainly dishonest to even the most uninformed voters, Terry McAuliffe has resorted to gaslighting and manipulation of the highest order to try and secure an election victory.  Here are some of his most 1984-esque “reject the evidence of your eyes and ears” lies that he has told the citizens of Virginia:

EDUCATION

McAuliffe has made many assertions about the issue of education that are verifiably incorrect.  Most notably, that includes his affirmative claim that principles of critical race theory are not being implemented into public school curriculum across the state, and his allegation that Youngkin wants to “ban books” in schools. 

According to Terry, talking about critical race theory (CRT) being applied to school curriculum is “wasting precious viewers time” on a news show.  That is, of course, because he tells voters that CRT isn’t taught in Virginia, and never has been.  This, of course, is entirely incorrect.

Principles from critical race theory, such as the believe that racism is present in all interactions and shapes the institutions around us, are frequently trotted out by school districts as “equity training.”  In Loudoun County, white teachers that received the now-mandatory equity training were told to accept that they have been “socialized” into a society where they benefit from “institutional” bias.  Because of this, they “inherit elements in the socialization process that may be detrimental to culturally and ethnically diverse students.”  In other words, their “whiteness” causes a “detrimental” reinforcement of racism through their interactions with people from other cultures/ethnicities that perpetuate the racist “concepts that have permeated institutions” and the “politics of the education system.”  It sounds like they are restating this principle in their own words, while carefully avoiding the term “critical race theory.”  (As a bonus, this same training also tells teachers to “not profess colorblindness,” another critical component of CRT-activism and scholarhship)

If this sounds like an attempt to subtly incorporate core CRT philosophies in the classroom, then you wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this training is amongst others billed to LCPS in an invoice including the item titled “follow up meetings focused on Critical Race Theory development.”

Even though most implementations of the critical race theory philosophy have been through euphemisms such as “racial equity,” “anti-racism,” and “cultural responsiveness,” you don’t even have to investigate that far or connect too many dots to disprove McAuliffe’s plainly wrong claim that this is all “another right-wing conspiracy.”  

 During a 2 hour and 45-minute presentation to social studies teachers in Fairfax County, the social studies coordinator Alicia Hunter introduces the county’s chief equity officer Lisa Williams at the start of a conversation on the “instructional shift” as it relates to the “elephant in the room,” that being critical race theory, as stated by the slides in the presentation.  Williams goes on to talk about how critical race theory will be used as a “frame” for instruction, and that it is “no less or more valuable than any other frame we might put on our work.”

In 2019, the Virginia Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane sent a letter to all of the school districts in Virginia to address the topic of “community dialogues on racism.”  In the letter, he recommended several resources including Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education, and White Fragility.

Going as far back as 2015 – while Terry McAuliffe was governor – the Virginia Department of Education told public schools to “embrace” and “incorporate” critical race theory during a slide show presentation.  

This can hardly be seen as scratching the surface, as Virginia is home to several far-left school districts which have implemented principles from critical race theory.

Secondly, on the topic of education, McAuliffe malevolently argues that Glenn Youngkin wants to “ban books” from schools, a claim so incorrect that even the Washington Post issued a fact-check debunking it.  

This allegation spawned from the discussion of a bill that McAuliffe rejected while governor that would have required classes to notify parents if their curriculum included sexually explicit material and would allow them to opt out.  

Nothing they discussed their debate would allow the governor to unilaterally remove specific books from school libraries, nor did Youngkin claim he wanted to do that.  This is a lie to requires little writing to disprove and is amongst Terry’s most obviously false ones.

ELECTION FRAUD & INTEGRITY

In one of McAuliffe’s most hypocritical lies yet, he claims that Glenn Youngkin “endorses Trump’s Big Lie.”  Without giving into the left’s manipulation of words and phrases, the “big lie” is what democrats call President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was decided by voter fraud.  Connecting Youngkin to claims that the election was “stolen” allows for people like Joe Biden to associate him with the January 6 rioters, no matter how libelous and ridiculous the connection.  So, is there any truth to the accusation that Glenn Youngkin believes the 2020 election was “stolen?”  

Quite the opposite.  When asked if he would have certified the 2020 election were he a member of the House of Representatives, Glenn Youngkin responded with “absolutely.”  On top of that, he said that the election was “certifiably fair,” and that there “wasn’t material fraud.”

Terry McAuliffe, on the other hand, continues to deny the legitimate results of multiple elections.  

While talking about Stacy Abrams, someone who ran for governor of Georgia that said she was upset that she wasn’t “entitled to become governor,” Terry said, “she would be the governor today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters,” and “they took the votes away.”

On top of that, he refuses to say whether he believes that republicans “stole” the 2000 election or not, saying “I wish the US Supreme Court would have let them finish counting the votes.” 

Not only is the accusation that Youngkin believes the 2020 election was stolen blatantly false; it is a projection.  Terry McAuliffe is guilty of what he accuses his opponent of.  

ABORTION

“Time and again Glenn Youngkin has made it clear:  He would ban abortion as governor,” Terry McAuliffe claims.  Now, it would be wonderful if this was true, but of course nothing McAuliffe says can be relied upon as the truth.

Firstly, even if Youngkin were to try and “ban abortion,” that is not something he could do.  Under current Supreme Court precedent, a ban on abortion would be immediately struck down.  But we don’t even need to extend that far in our fact-finding mission:  

The closes thing to a “ban” on abortion that McAuliffe can claim Youngkin wants to do is limit abortions to before 20 weeks, as opposed to the current 22-24 weeks.  Apart from this, there is no evidence that indicates Youngkin would “ban abortion.”

The other piece of evidence McAuliffe relies on is an undercover tape taken of Youngkin, where he told a person posing to be an anti-abortion activist that he would “go on offense” if elected, and that he opposes publicly funded abortions.  

Even the corrupted PolitiFact was forced to rate McAuliffe’s claim “half-true” / “half-false.”  The only reason they didn’t rate it entirely false was because they claimed Youngkin’s quote in the undercover tape is up for interpretation.  

CONCLUSION

Terry McAuliffe is now behind in the polling averages for the first time in the entire race, just 2 days before the election.  The people of Virginia do not support his platform, and that only leaves him with one option if he wants to have a shot at winning the election:  Lying.  And that is exactly what he has done and continues to do.  Terry McAuliffe believes that he can speak reality into existence by intentionally lying about current issues and slandering his opponent.  He has attempted the old trick from the Party in 1984, telling his voters to reject the evidence right in front of them in exchange for his narrative, and Virginians’ have had enough.  A defeat of Terry McAuliffe by Glenn Youngkin would be the shot heard around the country, and would be the first step towards rejecting the left’s policies and refusing to accept their continued lies.