Republicans in Fairfax County have been sending out antisemitic dog whistles throughout the entire campaign. It even got to the point where Elizabeth Schultz received criticism for her remarks on how the Holocaust is taught in schools and responded by saying wealthy Jews are funding “hard left advocacy groups” that oppose her campaign and are supposedly using methods promoted by a Jewish community organizer that she says amount to nothing more than “a tired bag of Saul Alinsky tricks.”
Andi Bayer has now joined the effort to say outside money is influence our schools and even said it’s invading the material taught in the classroom. At a recent forum at Mantua Elementary School, she said the Family Life Education (aka FLE or Sex Ed) curriculum has become “anything goes, anything’s right, nothing’s wrong” that will lead to kids becoming “more curious” and “more promiscuous.” She then said you have to “follow the money” to see why it’s changed.
“All you have to do is look at who’s profiting. All you have to do is follow the money,” Bayer told the audience. “All you have to do is look at the special interest groups that control these programs. Who writes them. Who teaches them.”
Of course, in addition to all the claims the Republicans have been making about wealthy Jewish people trying to influence elections here in Fairfax, Bayer has declared LGBT students to be “the loudest special interest group” and said “we should stop wasting our time” on inclusiveness. So this could have also been who she was saying the “special interest groups” she claims are influencing the curriculum. This would fit right in line with how Elizabeth Schultz skipped an event at Centreville High School to host an anti-LGBT meeting with staff from a designated hate group and other Republicans have opposed mentioning same sex couples in the FLE curriculum.
What this all means is that while Andi Bayer and the other Republican school board candidates have claimed Democrats are playing politics with the school system, they’re the ones sending antisemitic dog whistles about people profiting off of curriculum they don’t agree with. And as if that isn’t enough, they’re also actively trying to villianize LGBT students. This type of behavior has absolutely no place in our political discourse, especially when it comes to our schools.
For those who are interested, here’s the full video of her remarks.