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He hasn’t been in the job for even a week, but Virginia Gov. Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinPolice charge woman who threatened to bring guns to school over mask warrant Virginia AG seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Youngkin’s mask order Virginia quits multi-state coalition backing EPA in MORE climate lawsuit (R) is already receiving the same treatment from certain corners of the media that his Republican counterpart in Florida regularly attracts.

“So much for the silly story that Youngkin was a normal R,” Washington Post columnist Jen Rubin wrote to her nearly 650,000 Twitter followers. “As @TerryMcAuliffe predicted, he brought the DeSantis anti-mask craze to VA. Now at war with several school districts. He’s only been on the job for a few days. Hey, VA, this is what you voted for. Good luck.”

Governor Youngkin is already proving to be an “asset in fleece clothing”, lamented Anne Kim, editor of the monthly magazine. “That’s not my Virginia.”

“What differentiates @GlennYoungkin from other GOP governments that have banned mask mandates is the timing – in the midst of the most contagious variant yet, as record numbers of children are hospitalized and the staffing shortages are crippling schools,” NBC’s Heidi Przybyla said.

“Hi. Parent from Arlington County here (don’t think you’re @GlennYoungkin but correct me if I’m wrong). Thank you @APSVirginia for standing up for our children, teachers and administrators and their safety in the midst of a transmissible variant,” wrote White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn student loans, Biden has no answer yet Part of US military support package arrives in Ukraine Biden seeks to salvage what he can from Build Back Better MORE at Youngkin.

And despite exit polls from Virginia polls showing only one in 10 parents say parents should have little or no say in what schools teach, we get headlines like this from an article Washington Post op-ed, “In Addressing Selfish Parents, Youngkin Lets Virginia Kids Down.”

To kick off his first week in office, Youngkin, through executive orders, is simply fulfilling his campaign promises, including: listening to parents and giving them a say in education; prohibit the teaching of critical race theory in schools; stating that children should be in school, in person, five days a week.

And whether parents choose to hide their children or not, that should be their choice. If PSAKI wants to hide her children, that’s fine. If another parent doesn’t want to hide their child, that’s fine too. Look at the science and the data: Dozens of studies have shown that schools are safer than almost any other public facility, and most children who contract COVID-19 are not at risk of serious health problems .

During his inaugural speech, Youngkin also declared his intention to eliminate the Commonwealth sales tax on groceries. He also called for more help for local police departments. And in a bid for unification, he also wants to raise teachers’ salaries — something progressives are pushing — and reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Agree or disagree with Youngkin, he governs while campaigning. But some corners of the press just aren’t happy that he’s sticking to his guns.

“Republicans love to say that Youngkin is an example of a new Republican. What does he do first. – encourage kids to go to school without masks. Kids are going to die. See, same old Republican” , wrote CNN’s Joe Lockhart, a former secretary to President Clinton.

“But at least white and suburban parents can rest easy knowing their infected child won’t read Toni Morrison’s novels,” Daily Beat columnist Wajahat Ali tweeted. “White supremacy…self-destructive as always.”

The lopsided vitriol is not unlike the treatment of the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisNewspaper crosses a hard line to ‘punish’ a class of AmericansOfficials say starving manatees in Florida have started eating lettuce on an emergency basis Trans rights under attack: Persecution should end now MORE (R), who was also accused of killing residents of his state. Youngkin and DeSantis have a similar perspective on education (DeSantis also opposes mask mandates and teaching critical race theory in schools) and learning to live with COVID-19 instead. to lock yourself in. This led to DeSantis getting a lot of negative national attention.

“Florida now has the lowest COVID rate in America. Does Ron DeSantis deserve credit? A # to consider to answer this question. Almost as many Floridians (21K) have died in the last 4 months than in *all* of 2020 (23K) – even though we have vaccines now,” a national Yahoo News correspondent reported, not to mention that the United States as a whole had more deaths in 2021 with vaccines than in 2020 without them.

“To reiterate: It’s about to be ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE SAD. Fix it Jesus! Will they arrest comedians who tell jokes that hurt the feelings of white patrons? Let white Floridians sue in court for screenwriters who write white villains? Will there be book and movie bans?? Unreal!” Joy Reid, MSNBC Prime Time Host wrote.

“I studied Hitler and how he came to power,” said Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried.harassed during a recent interview when asked if she was comparing arguably the worst mass murderer in human history to the sitting governor of the Sunshine State.

You had the idea. If you’re Youngkin or DeSantis, because of the letter R next to your name, you become the target of some of the most hyperbolic and reckless rhetoric and reporting out there.

But if you are, say, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) or Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), only a fraction of the same hostility and scrutiny applies despite the multiple controversies in your state.

It’s funny how it works.

Either way, the governors of Virginia and Florida aren’t leaving anytime soon. They may even fight for the Oval Office one day. And maybe that perspective is what really fuels these attacks on them.

Joe Concha is a media and political columnist.