Trump Says Children Are “Taught in school to hate their own country.”

The President of the United States stood before the great presidents of Mt. Rushmore on the eve of American Independence Day during what has become the most challenging moment of his presidency — and one of the most turbulent times in recent American history. Gone were many of the old trappings of July Fourth speeches by presidents past who appealed to a sense of unity. This was a speech mostly about a raging culture war; a treatise about “a new far-left fascism” that threatens to take away our statues, rid us of police, and fundamentally change our way of life.

Of course, to explain how a movement like that has become so powerful under your watch, you’ve got to go back to where it all begins: education.

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” the president told the crowd. At one point in the speech, he claimed that “our children are taught in school to hate their own country.”

Those remarks, which looked to many like an attack on America’s teachers, did not go unnoticed.

You can read the president’s speech here.