In his latest faux pas, McAuliffe was speaking to fellow Democrats on a video conference call last week when he openly acknowledged President Biden is unpopular in the state.
“We gotta get Democrats out to vote. We are facing a lot of headwinds,” McAuliffe said. “As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia, so we've got to plow through."
McAuliffe was likely aware of a Quinnipiac survey that shows Biden has an approval rating of 38% just 10 months into a four-year term.
McAuliffe himself is leading Youngkin (pictured below) in single digits in a gubernatorial race where governors can only serve one term in office. The longtime Clinton surrogate won the governor’s office in 2013 with a 47%-45% over Ken Cuccinelli, who was then the attorney general.
That quotable soundbite comes after McAuliffe suggested in a debate days earlier, “I don’t think that parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
That statement made for quite an honest and audacious observation considering school board meetings in Virginia have become ground zero for parents who are pushing back against far-left, anti-white lessons about “equity” and “white privilege.” Despite the fact that Virginia is aflame with heated debate over Critical Race Theory and its anti-white tenets, McAuliffe made more headlines when he angrily refused to define Critical Race Theory for a reporter during another otherwise low-key roundtable discussion.
“It's not taught in Virginia and it's never been taught in Virginia," McAuliffe, who called the issue a “dog whistle,” said of the Marxist-based theory that is, in fact, taught in Virginia schools.
"So how do you define it?" News 10 anchor Anita Blanton pressed.
“Anita, it's not taught here in Virginia," McAuliffe repeated.
“But how do you define it?” she asked again.
“It doesn’t matter,” McAuliffe said, although it does likely matter to a lot of Virginians with children in public schools where race-based “equity” is part of the curriculum.
Robert Knight, a Washington Times columnist who lives in Virginia, tells American Family News that McAuliffe is the “canary in the coal mine” for Democrats who are growing nervous about an unhappy electorate.
“If [McAuliffe] goes down in November, in Virginia, this would send a signal to Democrats across the land,” says Knight, "that the Biden administration is so unpopular that it will drag down candidates for governor, for Senate, for Congress, for state legislature seats.”
Knight points out the McAuliffe campaign claims Youngkin is running a “divisive” campaign when the Democrat himself, a hard-nosed political operative, is pretending to be a moderate in order to win.