Krystal and Kyle have a tendency to downplay the effect that excessive wokeness is having on turning off White voters before swinging back around and acknowledging that it is a major problem for Democrats. A good example of this is the “what about about New Jersey” take. There was a similar margin swing against Democrats in races in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Doesn’t this prove that the CRT issue wasn’t as decisive in causing the White backlash in Virginia? Not really.
The turning point was the George Floyd riots last summer which is when Wokeism hit a critical mass among elites. The Biden administration embraced all this talk about “white supremacy” and systematic racism. It has embraced pushing “equity” at every level of public policy. The “mainstream” became much more explicitly anti-White. It has been obvious for months now in the polls and in focus groups that it has been having an effect on White voters. FOX News and the conservative media ecosystem have become comfortable with using terms like anti-White. They have been using their bullhorn to alert their audience that the Democrats hate White people and that the Great Replacement is real.
Why would the effect and impact of this be localized to Virginia? Donald Trump spent his entire presidency and both the 2016 and 2020 campaigns ignoring White voters. He crowed endlessly about the black, Hispanic, Asian, female and LGBTQ unemployment rate. He rarely mentioned White voters. When he signed that executive order which banned CRT, no one really knew what it was at the time. Conservatives used to be extremely shy about talking about anti-whiteness and White people, but now 90% of Trump voters are alarmed by it and the taboo around discussing the issue has been broken.
Conservatives have hesitated to play the anti-White card. It has only been in the last year that they have begun to do so. Just look at Charlie Kirk in 2019 compared to what Charlie Kirk is saying in 2021. The Democrats shifted and became more anti-White in their messaging. The Republicans shifted and became a little more pro-White in their messaging. Voters are reacting to this change.
Note: Conservatives nationalized the CRT and school board backlash in Virginia months ago. Conservative media focused heavily on Merrick Garland treating parents like domestic terrorists in the run up to the 2021 elections. It wasn’t just parents in the Virginia suburbs who saw that.