Youngkin chooses book-banning ‘activist’ as final substitute to bow to far-right, anti-science mob

From 314 Share:

Youngkin chooses book-banning ‘activist’ as final substitute to bow to far-right, anti-science mob

In contrast, the 314 Action ad targets the candidate for governor for refusing to disown dangerous extremists harassing school boards.

PHILADELPHIA – Yesterday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin posted one of the latest announcements in his campaign, which highlights a far-right activist well known for her attempts to ban the award-winning book Beloved Pulitzer by Toni Morrison on the devastating effects of slavery, in schools in Virginia.

By contrast, this ad is slated to run days after 314 Action launched an ad campaign focused on Youngkin’s refusal to condemn dangerous anti-science conspiracy theorists – like this “activist” – whose vitriolic led to violence. and dangerous behavior in the school board. meetings in Virginia and across the country. The 314 Action announcement can be seen here.

“In the final days of his campaign, Glenn Youngkin’s true colors became evident. He dubbed the signaling of far-right virtue and conspiracy theory nonsense. He picked someone famous for banning a book on slavery to be his latest campaign surrogate. said Joshua Morrow, executive director of 314 Action. “We are proud at 314 Action to support our network of six million supporters against Youngkin’s anti-science rhetoric and to make it clear that Virginia is not a place for those who put politics above parental safety. , students and communities. ”

These ads are part of 314 Action’s $ 10 million non-partisan advocacy campaign for the 2021-2022 cycle, which focuses on issues critical to the scientific community, including climate change, the COVID-19 response and the future research on pandemics, reproductive justice, gun violence prevention, and voting rights.

In addition to Virginia, 314 Action’s ad campaign focuses on six governors or gubernatorial candidates whose support for anti-science policies has led to violence and abusive rhetoric at school board meetings in their states. and across the country:

  • Governor Greg Abbott (Texas)
  • Governor Ron DeSantis (Florida)
  • Governor Doug Ducey (Arizona)
  • Governor Brian Kemp (Georgia)
  • Governor Kim Reynolds (Iowa)
  • Glenn Youngkin (Virginia)

The ad script is as follows:

Fanatical protesters are wreaking havoc – disrespecting police, intimidating and threatening local school boards.

CLIP TV n ° 1: “We know who you are! “

The violent fanatic right – driven by anti-science conspiracies.

CLIP TV # 2: “All school boards – they’re demonic entities”

CLIP TV # 3: “Your children’s children will be captivated. “

Republican leaders are dangerously silent as the violent fanatic right rages on.

Call on Glenn Youngkin to support science and reject right-wing violence.

Paid and authorized by 314 Share.

In 2022, 314 Action will aim to spend $ 50 million to elect scientists to all levels of government, with initial goals of seven races in the United States Senate, forty races in the United States House and twenty-one races in the United States. statewide.


314 Action is powered by a local community of over six million people who work to elect scientists, doctors and STEM professionals who will use science and facts to solve our most pressing issues like climate change and healthcare health. In 2018 and 2020, we played a pivotal role in overthrowing the United States House of Representatives and Senate, electing eleven Democratic scientists to federal positions, as well as more than 100 to state and local positions. . In 2021 and 2022, 314 Action will continue to work to elect science leaders and defeat climate deniers in Congress and legislatures across the country, as well as to advocate for issues critical to the scientific community, from environmental justice to rights. voting, reproductive justice, and beyond.

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