Former President Obama was hit with a reality check this Saturday after pushing Virginia voters to ignore what he said was “fake outrage” and the “trumped up culture wars” that he said are being pushed by “right-wing media.”
While campaigning to help Democrat Terry McAuliffe within Virginia, Obama denounced any focus on cultural topics, instead saying that Americans should be worried about recovering from the pandemic.
“We do not have time to be wasting on these fake trumped up culture wars, this fake outrage that right-wing media pushes to juice up their ratings,” Obama said.
Former President @BarackObama: "We don't have time to be wasted on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage, the right-wing media's pedals to juice their ratings." pic.twitter.com/bmMnet8q5X
— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2021
Obama seemed to be talking about McAuliffe’s opponent, GOP Glenn Youngkin, whose campaign platform has supporting parents to have a say in decisions made by their children’s’ school boards.
“Instead of causing anger aimed at school boards members, who are just attempting to keep our kids safe, who are only doing their jobs, causing anger to the point where some of them are really getting death threats,” Obama said. “We should be causing it to be easier for schools and teachers to give our children the world-class education they need, and do this safely while they are inside the classroom.”
Obama’s statement led to sharp rebuke.
Critics pointed out that kid’s education is not about the “trumped up culture war” as Obama said, especially since McAuliffe has said parents should not have a say in school board choices.
As many others mentioned, Loudoun County Schools also is accused of “covering up” two rapes as they pushed controversial LGBT programs.
“Schools covering up sexual assault. That is not trumped up and it is not a culture war. That is a dereliction of public duty. The failure to deal with it is a failure of leadership. Saying otherwise is a deflection,” one person said.
Obama is the latest Democrat to stump for McAuliffe. President Biden and VP Kamala Harris have also been campaigning for him, which means the race might become much tighter than Democrats had anticipated.
McAuliffe and Youngkin are now separated by fewer than three points in recent polling averages, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Author: Scott Dowdy