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White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiClyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response New year brings more liberated Joe Biden MORE weighed into Virginia’s debate over school mask mandates on Sunday, after newly sworn-in Gov. Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinWhy our parties can't govern Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump Youngkin signs executive orders banning critical race theory, lifting mask mandate in Virginia public schools MORE (R) criticized a school district that pledged to flout his bid to make masking optional.
Youngkin’s executive order allows parents to opt their children out of any mask mandates at schools. Responding to Arlington Public Schools saying masks would still be required in schools and on buses, Youngkin accused the district of failing to listen to “parents.”
“The fact that that tweet came out from Arlington County within minutes of my executive order, what that tells me is they haven't listened to parents yet,” Youngkin told a reporter, adding that he would look into enforcement measures this week.
In a tweet Sunday evening, Psaki clapped back at the governor, who made defending the voice of parents in education a cornerstone of his campaign.
“Hi there. Arlington county parent here (don’t believe you are @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I am wrong),” Psaki wrote. “Thank you to @APSVirginia for standing up for our kids, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transmissible variant.”
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