Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been branded a hypocrite for praising his state’s public education system despite sending four of his five children to private high schools.
‘We have a great school system in Virginia. Dorothy and I have raised our five children,’ McAuliffe declared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday
One of McAuliffe’s sons went to Gonzaga College High School, in Washington D.C. where tuition costs around $25,000 a year.
Three other children attended The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia where fees are almost double at $45,650 per year for high school. His youngest child currently attends a public school in Langley, Virginia.
‘Rules for thee but not for me applies to SO MUCH’, one user on Twitter wrote, pointing out the hypocrisy.
Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spoke about the Virginia school system on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday. ‘We have a great school system in Virginia’, he said
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe runs down the street handing out candy while taking part in the 65th annual Halloween Parade
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe takes part in the 65th annual Halloween Parade in Leesburg, Virginia. The Virginia gubernatorial election, pitts McAuliffe against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin
Education in the state has become a flashpoint in the runup to Tuesday’s election between McAuliffe and his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin, who has been surging in the polls despite big-name backing for the Democrat in a state Joe Biden easily won.
McAuliffe and Youngkin have feuded over how much influence parental involvement should have in curriculum development, with the Democrat saying he believes such decisions should be left to educators rather than parents.
Youngkin has accused the school system of teaching Critical Race Theory to children.
Last month, McAuliffe said publicly he would not ‘let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions.’
The Virginia gubernatorial election, pitting McAuliffe against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, is November 2. Also picturesd are Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Herring, left, and Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Hala Ayala, right
Democratic candidate McAuliffe said at a gubernatorial event on September 29: ‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach’
‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,’ McAuliffe said on September 29 at a gubernatorial debate.
But his position irked many on social media, who noted the hypocrisy in McAuliffe’s comments compared to his actions.
‘Terry McAuliffe exclusively attended private schools. He sent his kids to private schools. I’m glad his family had those opportunities. But why does he fight against school choice for others?’ asked Corey A. DeAngelis.
‘Why did he say great schools and we raised them here insinuating he knows first hand? That is the deceit people ignore from this guy and the tow the line media not stating such ‘facts,’ asked another commenter online.
‘Terry McAuliffe typical Dem hypocrite. Promote failing education for others. You all send your children to private schools. School choice for everyone @GlennYoungkin unless our educational system is improved,’ tweeted Anna.
‘He is a hypocrite. Just like all dems. What’s good for thee….’ wrote another user.
His position irked many on social media noting the hypocrisy in McAuliffe’s comments compared to his actions when it came to the schooling of his own children
During his final term as governor of Virginia in 2016, McAuliffe vetoed three bills that would have expanded school choice in the Commonwealth.
He claimed allowing parents to take education dollars allocated for their children to the best possible school for them would send ‘the wrong signal’ about public education.
At the time, it gave the impression that although he had the means to send his own children to the best schools money can buy, he didn’t want less privileged Virginia families to have the same opportunity.
Education in the state has become a flash point in the runup to the election with McAuliffe and his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin disagreeing over parental involvement in shaping the curriculum
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy wave to supporters at a Canvass Launch rally on Sunday in Manassas, Virginia
Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy have five children: Dori, Jack, Mary, Sally and Peter. All the children went to private schools except Mary who attended public school in Virginia
Earlier in September, McAuliffe said at the State of the State that critical race theory is not being taught in Virginia schools and that it is a ‘made up’ plan to ‘divide people’ and that it ‘really bothered’ him.
‘Let’s just be clear: We don’t teach critical race theory. This is a made-up – this is a Trump-Betsy DeVos-Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people.’
When the politician was asked to define critical race theory in an interview, McAuliffe said: ‘It doesn’t matter, it’s not taught here in Virginia.’
‘We should not be dividing people in schools,’ he explained.
The Democrat slammed his Republican counterpart by saying: ‘Glenn Youngkin uses education to divide Virginia,’ he said at a rally. ‘He wants to bring his personal culture wars into our classrooms.’
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks with a family at the ‘Annual Kilgore Gate City BBQ’ on October 31, 2021 in Gate City, Virginia. Youngkin is on the final day of a bus tour campaign through southwest Virginia in his race against McAuliffe