Terry McAuliffe, the Joe Biden-backed gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, stormed out of an interview on Tuesday after he was grilled about things like vaccine mandates and critical race theory.
ABC affiliate WJLA-TV reported that McAuliffe cut his interview with the outlet short, saying that he should be asked “better questions.” In a recording of the interview, a McAuliffe staffer can be heard interjecting ten minutes into the scheduled 20-minute interview, prompting the Democrat to cut off the questions coming from reporter Nick Minock.
“Alright, we are over. That’s it. That’s it. Hey, I gave you extra time. C’mon man,” McAuliffe can be heard saying. “You should have asked better questions early on. You should have asked questions your viewers care about.”
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WJLA-TV published in-depth interviews with both McAuliffe and his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin, and the network made sure to explain to viewers why the Democrat’s interview was shorter.
“We do want to point out that the Terry McAuliffe interview is shorter than our interview with Glenn Youngkin, that was not by our doing,” an anchor explained on-air, according to Daily Mail. “Nick offered both candidates 20 minutes exactly, to be fair, for the interviews. McAuliffe abruptly ended 7 News’ interview after just 10 minutes and told Nick that he should have asked better questions.”
When asked about critical race theory being taught in schools, McAuliffe falsely claimed that it was not being taught in Virginia despite school boards across the states being slammed by parents who are livid that the “woke” curriculum is being taught to their children. McAuliffe claimed that the critical race theory allegations are “offensive” and that Youngkin used a “racist dog whistle.”
Youngkin was also asked tough questions by Minock, who asked if he is an anti-vaxxer and whether he wants to ban all abortions. Yet, he was able to withstand the questioning and sat for the entire interview, unlike his Republican opponent. Youngkin’s campaign tweeted about the incident, saying that McAuliffe had “berated a reporter for asking tough questions.”
Unlike McAuliffe, Youngkin acknowledges that critical race theory really is being taught in schools in his state, and he’s not having any of it.
“So, friends, on day one, we will teach history, but I will ban critical race theory,” Youngkin said recently.
This gubernatorial race is being hotly watched, as it has major implications for President Biden’s agenda and next year’s midterms. Should McAuliffe lose, it would be a warning to Democrat lawmakers about riding Biden’s coattails.
Biden has said that he expects McAuliffe to win, and White House officials are said to expect a victory for him on a narrow margin. Here’s hoping they all end up very surprised by a Youngkin win on election night.
This piece was written by James Samson on October 20, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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