Glenn Youngkin captured the Virginia Governorship by making a huge deal out of Critical Race Theory. The Republican later had to admit that CRT wasn’t actually an issue in Virginia schools.
Youngkin has had a rough start to his term, and this weekend was particularly bad for him. First, a video of a constituent mocking the Republican for refusing to wear a mask went viral. Then, his official Twitter account was used to attack a 17-year-old student.
The student, Ethan Lynne, posted an article about the resignation of a historian who worked at the Governor’s Mansion. He wrote, “The historian tasked with teaching about slavery at the Virginia Governors Mansion just resigned after finding the Youngkin’s converted her classroom into a family room – and emptied her office. Shameful.”
Youngkin’s campaign Twitter account responded by posting a picture of Lynne with former Governor Ralph Northam. The picture was captioned, “Here’s a picture of Ethan with a man that had a Blackface/KKK photo in his yearbook.”
While the tweet was later removed, there were screenshots of it saved for posterity. Lynne later responded this morning, writing, “We all know that Youngkin has an agenda to attack and endanger students and last night proved that. I will not be intimidated by these attacks and will and will continue to be a voice for students across the commonwealth.”
— Ethan Lynne (@ethanclynne) February 6, 2022
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