See below for a press release from the Democratic Party of Virginia. For more on the VA GOP’s and Glenn Youngkin’s admiration for disastrous Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, see FL Gov. Ron DeSantis Called “The Pied Piper leading us off a cliff” as COVID-19 Surges Out of Control; VA GOP Chair Calls This Disaster “The Face of Real Leadership” and Audio: Glenn Youngkin Says He’d Emulate FL Gov. Ron DeSantis and Ban Mask Mandates in Virginia; Also Spews Out Conspiracy Theory and Rants About “Critical Race Theory”.
Glenn Youngkin Coddles Anti-Vaccine Extremists
Richmond, VA — This week, news broke that Youngkin is campaigning on his fawning admiration for Ron DeSantis — whose reckless, anti-COVID safety “leadership” has been a disaster for Floridians. Now, Amanda Chase — one of Youngkin’s top Virginia allies — is on the trail boasting about her extreme opposition to vaccines.
As Youngkin refuses to disavow Chase’s dangerous rhetoric, he is leaning further and further into the GOP’s anti-COVID safety crusade. Today, new Associated Press reporting illustrates how Glenn Youngkin and Republicans across the country are doubling down on their opposition to critical COVID safety measures.
Associated Press: Republicans take to mask wars as virus surges in red states
Top Republicans are battling school districts in their own states’ urban, heavily Democratic areas over whether students should be required to mask up as they head back to school — reigniting ideological divides over mandates even as the latest coronavirus surge ravages the reddest, most unvaccinated parts of the nation. […]
Even the Republican gubernatorial candidate in the purple state of Virginia has decried school mask mandates in the name of parental rights. […] Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has vowed not to mandate masks in schools if elected.
Once again, Youngkin’s stance puts him on the wrong side of a critical issue for Virginians, especially as Democrats work to lead us out of this devastating pandemic.
“It has long been clear that Glenn Youngkin is no leader — he’s a follower to the most extreme members of the Republican Party,” said Manuel Bonder, DPVA spokesman. “Our next governor must be one who will stand up and protect the health and safety of all Virginians — not one who will coddle right wing extremists and prolong this pandemic for political gain.”