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On Saturday, it was former President Obama who made fun of Glen Youngkin as a goofy “fleece-wearing guy,” symbolism that President Biden further cribbed on Tuesday to knock the Republican candidate for governor. Obama had tried tying Youngkin to the stolen-election conspiracy theories that led to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6; Biden also argued that Youngkin was complicit in “the big lie.” Obama promised that Terry McAuliffe would “rebuild a stronger economy that creates good jobs.” Again, Biden said the same.
Democrats don’t mind a little presidential echo, especially when Biden and Obama are the ones delivering the one-two punch. And yet, in one area Obama went, Biden was hesitant to follow.
“We don't have time to be wasting on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage that right-wing media peddles to juice their ratings," Obama said in his Richmond speech, accusing Youngkin of avoiding “serious problems that affect serious people” and “stoking anger” at educators.
A Washington Post headline three days later, however, seemed to undercut that message: “Judge finds teen committed sexual assault in Virginia school bathroom.” It was disturbing news, and it dovetailed with Youngkin’s closing argument, one the GOP is beta-testing ahead of the midterms: Thanks to liberal policies, our children are in danger.
“I am calling for an immediate investigation into the Loudoun County School Board for their gross negligence,” Youngkin said a week before a juvenile court judge handed down what amounts to a guilty verdict. “They had a duty of care and they failed,” he told a cheering crowd at a campaign stop in Burke. “They endangered our students and violated the Virginia Constitution.
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