Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin ripped into his Democrat opponent Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday, claiming that the former governor wants to put government, bureaucrats, and politicians between parents and their children’s education. 

Speaking with “America’s Newsroom,” the Republican businessman said that despite protests and outcry from parents regarding school closures, sexually explicit content being taught in the classroom, and curriculums that include critical race theory, McAuliffe has sided against parents.

“Terry McAuliffe has said sit down, be quiet, I don’t care what you think,” said Youngkin.

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Youngkin was referring to his opponent’s recent comments regarding parents’ stake in their children’s education. 

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe said during last week’s debate against Youngkin.

The race is close between the two candidates at the moment, with RealClearPolitics showing McAuliffe leading Youngkin by four points. 

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Despite trailing his opponent, Youngkin characterized McAuliffe’s campaign as a “failure,” and accused him of making calls to Joe Biden to sick the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Virginia parents in order to save his campaign. 

“Parents have a right to be involved in their kids’ education—it’s actually part of our Virginia law, and Terry McAuliffe is rejecting it and Virginians are rejecting Terry McAuliffe,” added Youngkin. 

Virginia is the center of tensions growing between parents and school boards. However, parents are attending meeting across the nation to express their frustration with COVID-19 and critical race theory curricula.

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The DOJ launched an initiative to counter what it called an “increase in threats of violence” towards teachers and school officials across the country.

Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI and U.S. attorneys to meet with local, federal and state law enforcement officials within the next 30 day. They will then discuss how to counter what the DOJ calls a “disturbing tendency” of harassment and threats to school officials.

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This move follows just four days in which a prominent organization representing national school boards requested assistance from the Biden administration as well federal law enforcement agencies.

This report was contributed by Michael Lee, Fox News