Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin kicked off his term Saturday by issuing a series of executive orders and directives, two of which sparked outrage on the left.
It’s been promises made, promises kept so far for the Republican.
Youngkin’s 11 executive actions on Day 1 of his governorship fulfilled pledges he made en route to an upset victory over Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, in November.
The actions are “important steps” that start “the work of restoring excellence in education, making our communities safer, opening Virginia for business and reinvigorating job growth, and making government work for the people, and not the other way around,” Youngkin said.
Youngkin’s ban on “critical race theory” in K-12 education and his rollback of a statewide school mask mandate proved most controversial.
Ralph Northam, Youngkin’s Democratic predecessor, appeared on MSNBC Sunday and effectively accused Youngkin of racism for banning CRT.
Northam: "Critical Race Theory is nothing more than a dog whistle. We don’t teach Critical Race Theory. It’s not a part of our curriculum in k-12 schools." pic.twitter.com/ijUVUYN0R9
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 16, 2022
Several Virginia school districts over the weekend vowed to keep their mask mandates against Youngkin’s wishes, earning praise from the likes of White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Hi there. Arlington county parent here (don’t believe you are @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I am wrong). Thank you to @APSVirginia for standing up for our kids, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transmissible variant. https://t.co/6UeNIYoZCU
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) January 17, 2022
“If there’s one thing that hopefully everybody heard in November, is it is time to listen to parents,” Youngkin responded Saturday to the Arlington school system’s defiance.
- “We will use every resource within the governor’s authority to explore what we can do and will do in order to make sure that parent’s rights are protected.”
THE TWEET THAT SUMS IT ALL UP
Youngkin, who was viewed in some corners as a moderate Republican capable of bridging the gap between hardline conservatives and Trump-skeptical “normies,” has lived up to expectations with the GOP base and disappointed media elites like Washington Post columnist Jen Rubin.
So much for the silly narrative that Youngkin was some normal R. As @TerryMcAuliffe predicted, he's brought DeSantis anti-mask nuttery to VA. Now at war with several school districts. He's only been in office a few days. Hey, VA this is what you voted for. Best of luck.
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 17, 2022