During a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” aspiring Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) announced that parents should not have the opportunity to pick out different school books for their children.
“We have experts who actually do that,” McAuliffe brayed over the course of the discussion.
On “Meet the Press,” Anchor Chuck Todd announced that he would like to start the discussion with an excerpt from a debate that he had been moderating, notably the debate in which “one line [was] clipped out.”
“You said it’s out of context,” Todd remarked to McAuliffe, adding that he “[wanted] to play the exchange more fully and [inquire] about it on the other side.”
During the selected clip, McAuliffe is seen proclaiming that he was not “going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision” in response to allegedly unknowledgeable parents wanting to veto various books.
He also announced that he had “stopped a bill” since he does not believe “parents should be telling schools what they teach.”
After viewing the clip, Todd asked whether or not McAuliffe believes that his words “were taken out of context.”
“Do you feel as if anything you said there should [provide reassurance to] parents that they have some [input] into their [children’s] schooling?” Todd pressed.
McAuliffe quickly retorted that his statements pertained to a bill that he previously vetoed, noting that “people were very happy that [he] vetoed the bill,” which woudl have enabled parents to “to take books out of the curriculum.”
“I love [my parents],” McAuliffe noted, “but they should not have been picking my [schoolbooks].”
“We have experts who actually do that,” McAuliffe continued, noting that Youngkin apparently “is closing his campaign on banning books.”
McAuliffe also proceeded to blame Youngkin for the current controversy over various books picked for students, including Toni Morrison’s famed work, Beloved.
“[Youngkin is] going after someone who won a Nobel Prize,” McAuliffe remarked indignantly, observing that Morrison had also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
McAuliffe also attempted to frame the controversy from a racial lens, claiming that Youngkin wants Toni Morrison’s works “banned” from school libraries.
“In all of the hundreds of books you could look at, why the one black female author?” McAuliffe demanded, concluding that Youngkin is allegedly “ending the campaign on a racist dog whistle.”