Virginia school districts furious after Youngkin flip-flops on promise to allow local boards to decide mask mandates
For months Virginia’s incoming Republican governor has been promising he would neither mandate masks in schools nor ban school districts from requiring them.
“Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will not outlaw local COVID-19 mandates when he takes office in January,” reported the far right wing website Daily Wire back in November.
Local ABC affiliate 8 News, also in November reported, “Youngkin won’t try to block local mask, vaccine mandates like other Republican governors.”
Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Business Insider reports that on Saturday, after Youngkin was sworn into office, he “signed an executive action that banned schools from requiring that students wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, instead allowing parents to decide when their children wear masks during the school day.”
Youngkin’s first act as governor was to sign eleven executive orders. Among them: effectively banning any mask mandates in schools across the state, by allowing parents to opt-out for any reason or no reason.
In other words: flip-flopping on his promise.
Youngkin is using his Lt. Governor to threaten angry school districts. Fox News’ John Roberts:
Virginia Lt. Gov. @WinsomeSears says @GlennYoungkin may withold state education money from school districts that defy his Executive Order making masking optional. So far, Fairfax, Arlington and Richmond have said their mask mandates will stay in place.— John Roberts (@John Roberts) 1642446539
Pundit and political analyst Bill Scher:
For all people saying Youngkin is just doing what he said he would do by banning local school mask mandates ... nope! \n\nIn November he said, "Localities are going to have to make decisions the way the law works" (h/t @terrellwrites )https://www.wric.com/news/yougkin-wont-try-to-block-local-mask-vaccine-mandates-like-other-republican-governors/\u00a0\u2026— Bill Scher (@Bill Scher) 1642453386
Youngkin made a big deal over the weekend claiming schools have to “listen to parents” and if they oppose his mask ban they aren’t listening to parents.
Exclusive: Governor Youngkin on Arlington school system saying it will require masks, despite Youngkin\u2019s order stating that schools can\u2019t do that. He threatened to use state resources to force schools to comply - but we still don\u2019t know what that means exactly. @WTOP https://twitter.com/apsvirginia/status/1482481768229969922\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/SnC4dcCIar— Nick Iannelli (@Nick Iannelli) 1642360540
Gov. Youngkin is the one not listening.
Trump ally Roger Stone is ramping up the war of words against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
As reported by The Daily Beast's Zachary Petrizzo, Stone on Monday described DeSantis as "fat, slow, and dumb" in a diatribe against the man who could be Trump's rival for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Stone also said of DeSantis that "the Yale Harvard governor will never be president" because, among other reasons, he "opposes constitutional open carry.”
Trump and DeSantis have now been trading barbs for weeks, with DeSantis slamming Trump for not firing Dr. Anthony Fauci at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trump implying DeSantis was "gutless" for refusing to say that he received a booster shot against COVID-19.
Trump has also reportedly called DeSantis "dull" and is angry that the Florida governor is not giving him more deference and gratitude for helping him launch his political career.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former friend of first lady Melania Trump, is now claiming that the Trump family tried to tie her to corruption on the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) because she refused to go along with what she describes as their "grifting."
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Wolkoff responded to a Daily Beast report about the Trump committee noting that they tried to make her the fall gal for the corruption.
"It was their friends. It should never have been sent to the PIC. That’s misuse of funding. The Trump Organization being involved in any way and getting the PIC to pay any sort of balance anywhere on their behalf? It just doesn’t seem legitimate,” said Wolkoff, who did inaugural events.
"I never went along with their grift or lies so they punished me by making me the New York Times covergirl of their graft for the Presidential Inauguration. I’ve been working with prosecutors for over 3 years," Wolkoff said in response to the article on Twitter. She tagged former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
"Thank you Stephanie @SWinstonWolkoff for taking the kind of principled stand that weak, sycophantic individuals like Meadows, Jordan, Perry, McCarthy & other members of #TheCoverUpCaucus will never take," Kirschner responded.
See the comments below:
Thank you Stephanie @SWinstonWolkoff for taking the kind of principled stand that weak, sycophantic individuals like Meadows, Jordan, Perry, McCarthy & other members of #TheCoverUpCaucus will never take.https://twitter.com/swinstonwolkoff/status/1483178881255366657\u00a0\u2026— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner) 1642453446
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