President Trump threatened to defund “crazy schools that are teaching horrible things” and instead “teach our children the truth about America.”
Trump’s remarks come just days after he attacked the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of [the United States’] national narrative.”
“As many of you testified today, the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools,” Trump said in a speech at the National Archive Museum on Thursday. “It’s gone on far too long. Our children are instructed from propaganda tracts, like those of Howard Zinn, that try to make students ashamed of their own history. The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies. There is no better example than the New York Times’ totally discredited 1619 Project. This project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.”
Speaking at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, Trump told the crowd: “To combat the toxic, left-wing propaganda in our schools, I am launching a new pro-America lesson plan for students called 1776 commission. Already done.”
“It’s true. Your kids come home and they tell you things. How many of you – the kids come home they tell you things – it’s a disgrace. What they are teaching them is a disgrace. We are ending it,” he told the crowd.
“We are taking school funds away from these crazy schools that are teaching horrible things. Bad things, actually. We will teach our children the truth about America: That we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the Earth & we are getting better every single day,” he continued.
"We are taking school funds away from these crazy schools that are teaching horrible things. Bad things, actually. We will teach our children the truth about America: That we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the Earth & we are getting better every single day"- Trump pic.twitter.com/g8ii8UKZHS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 20, 2020