Elizabeth Schultz’s remarks regarding how the Holocaust is taught in schools have received a lot of attention (as they justly should), which eventually forced her to respond. Instead of coming out with a simple, “hey, here’s what I was really saying” type of response, though, she come out ended up alleging “hard left advocacy organizations funded by George Soros” (a Jewish man) using advocacy techniques from a Jewish community organizer (Saul Alinksy) to distract from an article written in the Daily Caller — a website with connections to the alt-right that featured the writing of the guy who organized the United the Right rally in Charlottesville (where white nationalists carried torches while marching and chanting “Jews will not replace us“).
Apparently these dog whistles to the “Jews will not replace us” folks wasn’t just a one time thing as she’s brought up George Soros on other occasions. Just as in her email responding to her controversial remarks about the Holocaust, her other remarks clearly claim wealthy Jewish people are funding efforts to promote a “radical agenda” that would “really change the entire structure of Fairfax County.”
This was said during an appearance on “Morning on the Mall” show, which is a conservative talk radio show on WMAL. The interview started off innocent enough as Schultz was asked about the lawsuit against FCPS regarding the overuse of seclusion with students with disabilities. That’s a current and worthwhile topic to ask a school board member about, so nobody has any qualms about that line of questioning. Even though she claimed she couldn’t talk about the situation due to the pending litigation, however, Schultz did manage to work One Fairfax into the conversation on the lawsuit.
This caused the show’s hosts to take things in a completely different direction by moving the conversation to One Fairfax. Schulz was quick to take a stab at the Superintendent by saying he was preventing work from being done on boundary changes — “supposedly in the name of One Fairfax.” She went on to say “something just doesn’t sit right” about “this notion that everything is going to be done through the view of equity.” Instead of just leaving it at that, she went on to reference the aforementioned Daily Caller article and suggested George Soros was funding a nationwide campaign that would destroy home values and “really change Fairfax.”
“The explosive nature of what’s behind One Fairfax and the deeply embedded nationwide spread of this radical agenda to embed junk science through activism and groups funded, you know, all the way up to Soros and other activist organizations,” Schultz said, “is a frightening prospect that we could effect family, boundaries, neighborhoods, home values, significantly, by forcing lens of equity decisions on things like boundary changes.”
“It’s some that people desperately got to pay attention to,” Schultz added. “They’re trying to really change the entire structure of Fairfax County. Every single decision on the Board of Supervisors and on the School Board.”
She eventually ended the interview by saying “a lot is on the line” because she claims “it’s a crucial thing driving the operation and formation of what the future of Fairfax is going to look like” even though “the government is being run people who very few people bother to look into.”
In other words, she’s repeatedly insisted on highlighting an article from a website with antisemtic connections, claimed the money of wealthy Jews is being used to implement organizing techniques written about by a Jewish community organizer to stir up opposition to her candidacy, and now claims wealthy Jews want “people who very few people bother to look into” to push a “radical agenda” that will “really change the entire structure of Fairfax County.”
This is extremely dangerous rhetoric that has already inspired some of the most vile Holocaust deniers and right wing extremists to entire the discussion about Fairfax County Schools. Considering how her fellow Republicans in Fairfax had been accusing local Democrats of promoting antisemitism for several weeks leading up to this scandal, the silence of the Fairfax Republican Party and local Republican officials like Pat Herrity (Board of Supervisors) and Tom Wilson (school board) now is absolutely deafening. Fairfax County deserves better.