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Liberal media scold Youngkin for fulfilling campaign promise to end mask mandates in schools

Liberal journalists and experts have scolded Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R., for issuing a decree allowing parents to choose whether or not their child wears a mask to school, despite the Republican's promise to do so. it throughout its 2020 campaign.

"So much for the silly tale that Youngkin was a normal R. As @TerryMcAuliffe predicted, he has brought DeSanti's anti-mask nuttery to VA. Now at war with several school districts. He has only been in the office a few days. Hi, VA that's what you voted for. Good luck, "Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin tweeted.

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In a separate tweetRubin called the governor "either ignorant, just playing the MAGA crowd or both" and declared that he is "figuring out" how the government works.

Liberal journalists and clever experts have scolded Virginia's newly sworn Gov. Glenn Youngkin for issuing a decree allowing parents to choose whether their child wears a mask to school.

Liberal journalists and clever experts have scolded Virginia's newly sworn Gov. Glenn Youngkin for issuing a decree allowing parents to choose whether their child wears a mask to school. (REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a former CNN expert, also found a problem with Youngkins' fulfillment of his campaign promise by issuing a notice from some of Virginia's more blue areas, including Psaki's home in Arlington County, as well as Fairfax, Alexandria and Richmond to allow parents to opt out of school mask mandates.

"Hello," Psaki tweeted from his personal account. "Arlington [County] parent here (do not think you are @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I am wrong). Thanks to @APSVirginia to stand up for our children, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transferable variant. "

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Current political expert on CNN Joe Lockhart took things further, declaring that "children will die" because if Youngkin.

"Republicans love to say that Youngkin is the example of a new Republican. What does he do first. - encourages children to go to school without a mask. Children will die. Look, same old Republicans," Lockhart wrote.

NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla criticized the timing of Youngkin's announcement.

"What does @GlennYoungkin different from other GOP governments that have banned mask mandates is the timing - in the midst of the most contagious variant to date, as a record number of children are admitted and staff shortages paralyze schools, "Przybyla wrote.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, center, signs orders in the governor's conference room as Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, left, Suzanne Youngkin, left, left, Attorney General Jason Miyares, second from right, and Commonwealth Secretary Kay Cole James, right, look at Capitol Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, center, signs orders in the governor's conference room as Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, left, Suzanne Youngkin, left, left, Attorney General Jason Miyares, second from right, and Commonwealth Secretary Kay Cole James, right, look at Capitol Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo / Steve Helber) (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The NBC News correspondent also sent several tweets focusing on reported shortages of school staff and studies on the effectiveness of masks.

Przybyla was quick to comment on Virginia's new governor after being quiet on the latter. According to a search, the left-leaning correspondent did not send a single tweet mentioning former Gov. Ralph Northam, D., after he took office in 2018.

Podcast host Rachel Vindman added, ". @ GlennYoungkins children go to school in Maryland. I do not want to embarrass anyone about their school choices, but #Virginia parents should know. Fleece vests and popular charm are an act - he is NOT one of us."

Raw Story reporter Matthew Chapman called the governor a "clown" for fulfilling his promise to voters.

"Youngkin ran to let people locally decide how their schools are run, and in Week 1 he is arming a school district to try to kill its masked mandate," Chapman said. wrote. "This clown is everything we warned he would be."

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Daily Beast left-wing columnist Wajahat Ali germinated, "But at least white parents and suburbs can rest assured knowing their infected child will not read Toni Morrison novels. White supremacy ... self-destructive as always."

The order from Youngkin, whose victory was partly driven by parents who were tired of coronavirus mandates and lockdowns, does not prevent students from wearing masks in schools, as some progressives have at times claimed. Rather, it allows them to opt out if they choose: "The parents of any child enrolled in a primary or secondary school or a school-based childcare and education program may choose that their children should not be subject to a mask mandate that is valid at the child's school or education program. "

The order will not take effect until 24 January. Youngkin says this gives school districts enough time to implement new policies.

School buses lined up in Fairfax, Virginia.  (Photo by: Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

School buses lined up in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by: Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The counties of Richmond, Alexandria, Fairfax and Arlington have all said their mask policies remain in force on Youngkin's orders, but the governor promised to fight back.

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"We will use all resources within the governor's authority to investigate what we can do and what we will do to ensure that parental rights are protected," Youngkin said.

Youngkin took office as Virginia's 74th governor on Saturday, the first Republican since Bob McDonnell served from 2010 to 2014.

Fox News' Kim Anderson contributed to this report.

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