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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Sunday reiterated his “dog whistle” about the critical race theory and said it was a “constructed” plan by his Republican opponent to “divide people.”

McAuliffe made the comment during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” in response to a question about how he would respond to a former supporter who is support now Glenn Youngkin, his Republican opponent, on public schools “pushing a radical agenda in which American history is portrayed as racist.”


“It remains a — this is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people,” McAuliffe said. “It really bothers me. I try to unite people.”

“I really hate to see what Glenn Youngkin is trying to do to Virginia, what Donald Trump did to our country,” McAuliffe said. “I really hate to see the divide, the hatred. We’re putting these kids in this horrible situation. Let’s just be clear. We don’t teach important race theory.”

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Grilled McAuliffe to Define Critical Race Theory After Saying ‘Doesn’t Exists’ in VA, Calls It a ‘Dog Whistle’

This is not the first time that McAuliffe has attempted to dismiss important race theory concerns. Earlier this summer, Granthshala News reported that McAuliffe said at a campaign event that the critical race theory was a “right-wing conspiracy.”

“This is another right-wing conspiracy,” he said. “It’s entirely made up by Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin. This is what they are. It’s a conspiracy theory.”

As recently as last week, McAuliffe was grilled over critical race theory during a roundtable discussion with WAVY News, where he claimed, “It was never taught in Virginia.”

“It’s not taught in Virginia and it’s never taught in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “And as I’ve said this a lot, it’s a dog whistle. It’s racial, it’s divisive and it’s used by Glenn Youngkin and others, along with Trump and the border wall, to divide people. It’s the same thing. We shouldn’t divide the people in the school.”

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When McAuliffe was asked how he would define critical race theory, he dismissed the question, saying, “It doesn’t matter.”

“It doesn’t matter,” McAuliffe said. “It’s not taught here in Virginia so I’m not going to spend my time – I’m not even spending my time because the school board and everyone else has come out and said it’s not taught. It’s racist. It’s racist.” There’s a dog whistle.”

Granthshala News’ Sam Dorman and Joseph Wolfson contributed to this report.