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AMERICAN GREATNESS: Widely Mocked Patriot Speaks for the American People on Critical Race Theory

A Virginia man has faced widespread liberal scorn for saying in a viral video that “critical race theory” was his top concern ahead of Tuesday’s state gubernatorial election, even though he doesn’t “understand it that much.”

WHAT HAPPENED

The Good Liars, a liberal political comedy duo, on Monday posted footage of their interview with the unnamed man to Twitter, where it has racked up nearly 7 million views.

Asked to name “the most important issue” in the gubernatorial race, the man replied, “Getting back to the basics of teaching children, not teaching them critical race theory.”

  • But the man, sporting a U.S. Air Force hat over his grey hair, declined to define the concept, saying, “I don’t have that much knowledge on it, but it’s something that I don’t care for.”

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

On the left: Mainstream media outlets promoted the 38-second video with headlines mocking the Virginia man.

  • CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote, “If you need an example of just how dumb American politics is at this present moment, here it is.”
  • NAACP chapter president Talbert Swan captured the general sentiment among Twitter liberals, commenting, “This demonstrates what these cornstarched bigots actually know about Critical Race Theory.”

On the right: Blogger Niccolo Soldo offered a rare defense of the man, tweeting, “How could you not like this old man? Salt of the Earth, doesn’t like the path his country has travelled down.”

AMERICA, IRL

The online reaction reflected the partisan divide over the Virginia gubernatorial race.

  • Candidate Terry McAuliffe repeatedly dismissed parents’ objections to schools teaching “critical race theory” as ignorant and racist, and other Democrats and journalists have echoed his talking points.
  • Republican Glenn Youngkin, on the other hand, won on popular education agenda that included a promise to ban “critical race theory.”

Nationwide, polling has suggested the Virginia man’s much-maligned views are actually in the majority.

  • According to a July Reuters/Ipsos survey, 57% of U.S. adults say they are not familiar with “critical race theory,” which technically refers to a obscure academic theory of “systemic racism.”
  • Nonetheless, per an October Rasmussen Reports poll, 57% of U.S. adults say parents should be concerned about “transgenderism and Critical Race Theory in public schools,” suggesting Americans understand the term as shorthand for a radical “antiracist” ideology.
  • And they don’t like it.

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