Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., Clashed with CNN host Brianna Keilar on Monday in a heated exchange over whether Critical Race Theory (CRT) was actually taught in public schools in Virginia.
During an appearance on “New Day,” Scott refuted claims that CRT was not taught in Virginia schools by citing specific examples of its promotion by state officials, as Keilar reiterated the account by many Democrats and media experts that the controversial topic was not on the curriculum.
Keilar kicked off the debate by asking Scott if Republicans across the country would ignore former President Donald Trump as they campaigned for the 2022 midterm election, appearing to claim this was part of the victory strategy of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, R ..
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“I think what the Democrats are going to keep doing is talk about Donald Trump. I think the Republicans are going to keep talking about problems. Glenn Youngkin won his race because he spoke about problems and I think that’s what’s going to happen, ”Scott mentioned.
“Terry McAuliffe wanted to say, ‘Oh, there was nothing about Critical Race Theory.’ We know it’s true. Parents know their kids are brainwashed by Critical Race Theory in Virginia and Democrats wanted to deny it. And so parents have come forward because they don’t like us. their lie, “he added.
Keilar interrupted Scott, stating that CRT was not in Virginia’s school curriculum.
“Just to be clear, it’s not on the program in Virginia,” she said, before Scott put on his reading glasses.
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“Brianna, here let me read you a few things. In 2015, when Terry McAuliffe was governor, the Virginia Department of Education was pushing for the integration of critical race theory into education. You can still find it on the Department of Education website. Always there, “Scott retorted. “In February 2019, a memo to the Virginia Department of Education promoting critical race theory and the idea of white fragility.”
Keilar tried to reply but Scott continued, “I looked at him yesterday. He’s still here, Brianna.”
Keilar apparently tried to deny the existence of CRT at school again, but Scott continued to push back.
“Brianna, wait a minute, let’s all be okay. They were trying to indoctrinate the kids, Terry McAuliffe denied it. It’s still on the website. It’s happening, and I hope the Democrats continue to to say that is not happening, because the parents are not stupid. They can see it, “he said.
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“I think parents are smart. My parents didn’t have a lot of formal education, but they cared what I was learning. Parents are smart. They know the Virginia Department of Education has promoted critical theory. of breed and Terry McAuliffe said they didn’t. ”he added. “I hope Democrats continue to do this across the country.”
“Alright. That’s not on the agenda. I’d love to move on with you,” Keilar said, repeating the statement once more before changing the subject.
Despite Keilar’s assertion, there have been a number of well documented cases from the promotion of CRT in Virginia, including a presentation which appeared to be sponsored by the state’s education ministry in 2015.
In 2019, a note sent by a superintendent promoted to CRT and the idea of ”white fragility”, while another endorsed the “Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education” as an important tool that can “further stimulate educational development”.
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This year, education officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, recognized that critical race theory influences their work. It was also revealed that a Virginia school district spent over $ 30,000 in critical breed theory training for administrators.