As part of a desperate and ill-fated bid to convince the American people that all is well ahead of the 2020 election, the Trump administration is pushing to recklessly reopen schools in the fall despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The president has been tweeting about it regularly and all of his little minions have been mimicking his dangerous rhetoric, clearly far more interested in keeping their jobs than in protecting the lives of children.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, always a loyal soldier for this disastrous president, went on TV this weekend to parrot the president’s calls for school reopenings. Like Trump, she disgraced herself by dismissing the CDC reopening guidelines as “flexible.”
DeVos completely failed to articulate how she and her boss intend to keep students safe, presumably because they have few if any plans to do so. For them, all that matters is that the schools open. What happens after that appears to be of no interest to them.
Thankfully, the country still has some competent political leadership in place. Rep. Ayana Pressley (D-MA) retweeted a clip of DeVos’s shameful CNN appearance and slammed her for not having a plan for safely reopening. Pressley correctly stated that teachers, parents, and their children are afraid they could die.
“I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child,” Pressley concluded, brutally summarizing the feelings of countless American parents who are watching with horror as this administration marches towards reopenings.
Right now there is no reason to mince words when criticizing this administration, the lives of children are at stake here and all sane adults have to stand up and advocate for our students. DeVos and Trump are prioritizing their own political interests over the health and welfare of this country and in doing so have made it abundantly clear that removing them from office this November is a life or death issue for the American citizenry.
.@BetsyDeVosED you have no plan. Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives. You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers. I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child. https://t.co/Qs0Z7gCnMo
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 12, 2020
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