Voters in Virginia sent a resounding message on Tuesday: don't mess with parents.
Parents have had enough of politicians and media outlets trying to sideline families, and they're taking back control of their children's education. The favorite in this week's Virginia gubernatorial election, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, infamously said in a debate that he doesn't "think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." Yet after a surprise victory, the "parents matter" slogan of his victorious Republican rival, Glenn Youngkin, may become a national rallying cry in the months to come.
But the backlash has been brutal.
An MSNBC article on Wednesday stated that a "contingent of angry, willfully ignorant white people was the key ingredient needed to elect a GOP governor in Virginia for the first time since 2009."