During Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial debate in Alexandria, former Democratic Gov. Terence McAuliffe – vying for his second nonconsecutive time period – proclaimed “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision.”

That remark will change into his “Basket of Deplorables” second in a key off-year race in a purple-trending-toward-blue state, mentioned “The Five” panelist Dagen McDowell – as McAuliffe faces Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin of Falls Church

McDowell, who hails from Campbell County in southside Virginia, mentioned that training within the Commonwealth is just not a left-or-right challenge.

“This might be the Basket of Deplorable’s moment for Terry McAuliffe,” she mentioned – in reference to how Hillary Clinton finally turned off a swath of voters by proclaiming throughout a 2016 occasion in New York that a lot of Donald Trump’s supporters belong in a “Basket of Deplorables”.

“I’m from the side [of Virginia] that is all-red,” McDowell mentioned. “[But] this is not a Democrat versus Republican issue. It is not left versus right. It’s all [about] parents.”

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She mentioned McAuliffe, who served 4 years in Richmond and preceded incumbent Democrat Ralph S. Northam, is “firmly snuggling up with the teachers’ unions.”

“He is giving carte blanche to teachers and their unions to — parents cannot stand up for what their kids are learning in schools,” she mentioned.

McDowell recalled that McAuliffe beforehand vetoed three college alternative payments from what was then a Republican-majority state legislature.

As of late, the Commonwealth has trended increasingly more Democratic – bolstered partly by the burgeoning inhabitants within the Beltway space counties like Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun.

Meanwhile, a lot of the opposite 500 miles from there to the Cumberland Gap is far more conservative – save for blue cities like Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville and Norfolk.

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While McAuliffe, a former DNC chair and Clinton confidant, is searching for his second time period – as Virginia governors are restricted to 1 consecutive time period – Youngkin is a political newcomer who’s retired from the Carlyle Group, and the winner should seemingly strike the fragile steadiness between the moderate-to-liberal voters within the DC suburbs – and the fervently pro-Trump base down the I-81 and US-29 corridors.

The final Republican to carry the governor’s seat was Robert F. McDonnell – who preceded McAuliffe’s final time period.