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.
Trump now takes aim at teachers... as he enables hate, we teach hope; as he divides we create opportunity. Educators are patriots who love our country & love our children. Trump is the hater. https://t.co/TUJWdcmAfn— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) July 5, 2020
Trump says “our children are taught in schools to hate their own country”! That is an unbelievably ignorant statement by a demagogue who tries in every way to divide Americans!— Byron L. Dorgan (@ByronDorgan) July 5, 2020
Just want to reaffirm to teachers that we know this is a lie. Thank you for being on the front lines to help all children regardless of their situation. You are true patriots and deserve better than this repugnant comment. https://t.co/QKIaJB0u6F— Texans4PublicEd (@Texans4E) July 4, 2020
You can read the president’s speech here.