Virginia AG Jason Miyares Shuts Down CNN's Jim Acosta After 'Soviet-Style Police State' Claim

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We’re into week two of the Glenn Youngkin administration in red Virginia, and so far they’ve demonstrated a commitment to fulfilling their campaign pledges to put parents first in the state when it comes to their children’s education. They’ve also undertaken the arduous task of undoing the damage “woke” policies implemented by former Democrat Govs. Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe did to the state.

Naturally, this has triggered The Usual Suspects on the left and in the media, including CNN’s Jim Acosta, who was deeply fauxfended by the email tip line set up by Gov. Youngkin for parents to report problems with their school districts. In fact, Acosta was so upset over hearing that Youngkin was making it easier for parents to express their concerns that during a “Democracy in Peril” segment Tuesday, he bizarrely equated Youngkin’s actions to a “Soviet-style police state”:

“In office less than two weeks and Gov. Glenn Youngkin has already set up an email tip line for parents to report teachers for teaching divisive subjects,” Acosta stated, suggesting at the same time that Youngkin was “pitting citizen against citizen.”

“I seem to remember Glenn Youngkin campaigning in a fleece vest in Virginia,” Acosta said as he turned to Atlantic writer Molly Jong-Fast. “He was running as a different kind of Republican. I was told there was going to be a vest, not a Soviet-style police state across the Potomac from Washington.”

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On Sean Hannity’s program Wednesday, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares dunked all over Acosta, pointing out that the Miyares family fled Castro’s Cuba and had vivid memories of what it was like living under communist rule. After suggesting that Acosta probably should crack open a history book before making such claims again, Miyares also correctly pointed out that what Virginia was doing was the exact opposite of what they do in communist countries, which is to make sure to honor the rights of parents to have a say in their children’s education:

“I think what Jim Acosta said — listen, my family fled Communist Cuba. You want to talk about what ‘Soviet-style’ looks like? It’s the opposite of freedom,” he said. “My mother has distinct memories of being forced to take classes in Marxist-Leninism.”

Miyares also disclosed that his uncle, Angel Miyares, had been arrested in the dark of night by now-deceased dictator Fidel Castro’s secret police and detained without due process — and that his parents later had their home “nationalized: in the name of fairness and equity.”

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“What we have said is parents matter. Listen, if you’re a parent and you want to mask your child for six, seven, eight hours a day, you absolutely have that right. That’s your individual decision,” he said. “The great irony of all this, is in Soviet-style communist states like Cuba, the state diminishes parents. They say, ‘Your loyalty is to the state,’ and parents have less control. This is about parental empowerment.”

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Imagine thinking that putting control back in the hands of the people equates to a “Soviet-style police state.” Mindboggling. But you know what? This is what desperate anchors at struggling news networks with really low ratings do. Say the dumbest things possible in hopes it will generate attention and views, except in this case Acosta isn’t getting the type of attention he wanted.

What’s especially fascinating about Acosta’s little rant is him conveniently forgetting the “tip lines” set up in certain states across the country at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, where people were urged to report neighbors for alleged violations of COVID mandates. There’s also the current “papers, please” approach in Democrat-run areas when it comes to being able to go to school or eat at a restaurant. But you don’t hear Acosta nor anyone else at CNN ranting against those tactics, do you? Tactics that actually do resemble “Soviet-style police states.”

But though the Acostas of the world will always do Acosta-like things, one thing we can be thankful for here is that Virginia Republicans like Youngkin, Miyares, Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, and members of the state legislature are aggressively going on offense in defending their beliefs and their policies, and are challenging their political opposition to debate them without the typical “racism” and “sexism” smears we typically see from the left when their backs are against the wall. It’s a refreshing thing to see.

Let’s hope it continues because a DeSantis-style backbone is exactly what is needed right now to get America back on track and far away from “woke” agendas that will tear this country apart if left unchallenged.

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