(USA Features) Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, said Friday the Democratic Party’s increasingly left-wing agenda is pushing more Independents and Democratic swing voters to the GOP.
“I think what you’re seeing is as the curtain has been lifted on truly how radical these ideas are of today’s far-left Democratic Party, we have an opportunity as Republicans to win back those Independents,” she told “John Solomon Reports.”
The New York Republican went on to say she believes the Left’s Critical Race Theory embrace is also leading Independents and moderate Democrats to the Republican Party as well.
“I think people are seeing this play out in classrooms, unfortunately, across America. But it is energizing moms, dads, students, and teachers to stand up against this divisive, un-American, Critical Race Theory. And you’re seeing it particularly in the suburbs,” she said, perhaps a reference to recent high-profile news reports featuring parents increasingly showing up at local school board meetings and very vocally expressing their disdain for the curriculum.
Critics of CRT say it pushes Marxist ideology but utilizes race instead of class to divide Americans.
“Some of the footage that we’ve seen from Loudoun County, Virginia, is quite stunning, just how many people are turning out to these town halls to speak out against this very, very dangerous curriculum, that really it represents the very, very far left, it is not who we are as Americans,” the House’s No. 3 Republican told Solomon.
“And interestingly, in my district, in Saratoga County, which is a more suburban county in my district, at the local school board level, conservatives and Republicans swept the local school board elections, and they ran on opposition to Critical Race Theory,” Stefanik continued.
“And I think what you’re seeing is as the curtain has been lifted on truly how radical these ideas are of today’s far-left Democratic Party, we have an opportunity as Republicans to win back those Independents, and, you know, maybe swing Democrats who realize this is not the same Democratic Party of even 5-10 years ago,” she added.
“It is radical, far-left Marxist ideology. And I’m glad to see parents are getting energized,” said Stefanik.
“They need to fight on behalf of their kids to make sure they’re getting an education that’s based in American ideals and not divisiveness.”
Stefanik went on to discuss the “stark contrast” between GOP and Democratic governors, the former of which generally reopened their states sooner during the COVID-19 pandemic.