Republicans are latching on the subject of parental rights ahead of the November election, claiming it would swing crucial Senate and House contests in their favor and help them retake control of Congress.
The description addresses a variety of concerns that arose with the commencement of the COVID-19 epidemic, but it essentially advocates for allowing parents a role in their children’s education, including where they attend school, what they are taught, and how LGBTQ issues are addressed.
“Parents want education, not indoctrination, and this movement should have a significant influence in the midterm elections.” “This is one of many concerns driving voters to support conservatives – the same people who care about education also worry about inflation and crime,” Jessica Anderson, executive director of the conservative organization Heritage Action, told The Hill in a statement.
Republicans say Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) win last year demonstrates how the issue may catapult Republican candidates to victory. In his campaign to unseat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Youngkin seized on dissatisfaction with mask requirements and remote learning long after vaccinations were readily accessible, as well as the handling of LGBTQ problems in the classroom (D).
Republicans think that many of the same concerns affect parents throughout the nation and that they can persuade people that Democrats are an overreaching party that makes choices that should be left to parents.
“Whether it’s unscientific lockdowns and mask mandates, destructive ideologies, or an open border allowing ‘rainbow’ fentanyl targeting children to pour into our country, Democrats consistently put their special interests first, and our children suffer as a result,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote in an op-ed for Newsmax earlier this month.