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As Virginia voters head to the polls for the primary election, ‘UKTN & Friends’ co-host Brian Kilmeade sat down with residents and Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to discuss the inflation, gas prices, education and other issues that voters care about ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools, joined Kilmeade at McLean’s Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia to explain why he opposes awakened curriculums in schools.
“What you see here is a shift in the mentality of what America is,” he said. “It should be about individual freedom, hard work, personal progress, equal opportunity for all.”
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Prior said the push for critical race theory is an attempt to completely reboot the American education system with a focus on ensuring results for everyone without letting students succeed individually.
Republican congressional candidate Derrick Anderson echoed Prior’s concerns about the education system, noting that Democratic leaders don’t want to develop students’ critical thinking skills.
While he acknowledged that all of state history — both good and bad — needed to be taught in schools, Anderson stressed that students needed to be taught to think.
“That’s what Democrats want to do. They want to teach kids what to think and not give them the opportunity to think for themselves,” he said.
Richmond radio host Jeff Katz argued voters elected Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin because they were angry and tired of Democrats prioritizing a political agenda over addressing concerns voters.
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“The economy here is terrible right now,” Katz said. “You’ve got crime, you’ve got the economy, you’ve got education, and frankly, you’ve got this anger at Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.”
“So it’s the perfect place to send Republicans to DC,” he said.
Youngkin, who won in the historic blue state in 2021, said Virginia was changing after liberal policies “ran away.”
“All of a sudden independents and a lot of Democrats said, ‘I don’t agree with any of this,'” Youngkin told Kilmeade.
He explained that the entire population of Virginia supports lower taxes, encourages parental involvement in education, and support for the police — a program he said his administration has implemented.
And with the Supreme Court set to rule on Roe v. Wade, Youngkin said he supports the early reversal that would then let states determine their own abortion laws.
However, he stressed the need to ensure the safety of his constituents as violent protests are expected in response to the decision.
“We’re going to protect people’s constitutional right to protest, but we’re also going to make sure the laws aren’t broken,” he said. “Otherwise they will be arrested and we will keep the peace.”
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As for his political career, Youngkin said he has not made up his mind whether to run for president.
“I’m still touched by this request, but we have a lot of work to do today in Virginia,” he said.