Early on Monday morning, CNN's Brianna Keilar and Sen. Rick Scott of Florida got into an argument over the phrase "critical race theory." The CNN host’s definition of what the term means differed from what Scott meant when describing the left-wing "anti-racism" curriculum taught in Virginia public schools.
"I think what Democrats are gonna continue to do is talk about Donald Trump. I think Republicans are going to continue to talk about issues," explained Scott.
"Glenn Youngkin won his race because he talked about issues. And I think that's what's going to happen. What we're going to see is, just like in Virginia, Terry McAuliffe wanted to say, 'Oh there was nothing about critical race theory.' We know that it's true. Parents know that their kids are being indoctrinated with critical race theory in Virginia. And the Democrats want to deny it," Scott added.
"It's not in the curriculum," Keilar said, interrupting the Florida senator. "Just to be clear, it's not in the curriculum, in Virginia."
"Here just let me read you a few things," Scott responded while putting on his glasses. "In 2015, Terry McAuliffe was governor, the Virginia Department of Education promoted incorporating a critical race theory lens in education. You can still find it on the Department of Education's website. It's still there!"
Both Scott and Keilar attmped to talk over each other. The senator continued reading his notes while the CNN host tried to repeat her earlier statement.
"I do want to ask you, just to be clear…." Keilar begans to say.
"They were trying to indoctrinate kids. Terry McAuliffe denied it. It's still on the website. This is happening, and I hope that Democrats continue to say it's not happening because 'parents are dumb.' They can see it," Scott said.
It ties back into the subject of how the corporate media has reacted to the Virginia gubernatorial race's upset for the Democrat party.
CNN's Brian Stelter alluded to himself as a "useful idiot" on Sunday night. Batya Ungar-Sargon of Newsweek told him directly on his Reliable Sources show that "the media response to Youngkin's victory is literally the reason that he won."
Despite the arguments over terminology, parents fighting Virginia's school board curriculum continues. A mother of a student revealed she was banned from her son's school library after expressing concerns about the presence of sexually explicit books that are available to minors in the library.
The disarray in the Virginia public education system over the summer helped amplify Youngkin's campaign to win the election for governor. Exit polls back that point up by showing that it was in the top three issues on voter's minds.