Donald Trump, the failing president, had this to say yesterday about educators who feared that returning to schools too soon in a deadly pandemic would jeopardize their health and that of their students and communities:
“We don’t want people to make political statements and do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed. No way.”
Trump would do just about anything to divert attention from his utter failure and neglect during the worst public health crisis of our lifetimes. A few weeks ago, he even tried using the Bible for a political photo op, and that didn’t turn out too well.
Now, it’s the school kids’ and educators’ turn to risk their health and lives for the happiness of the man-who-would-be king. So far, his only interest in public education has been to privatize it.
The only politics being played here is by Trump and enablers, such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who are at his beck and call.
Children and the people charged with educating them should not be props for Trump’s struggling reelection effort.