Trailing in polls a day before Election Day, President Trump railed against “gangs” and what he calls “Anti-American radicals,” then vowed to implement “patriotic education” in schools.
“Just signed an order to establish the 1776 Commission,” Trump tweeted Monday while campaigning in battleground states including Pennsylvania. “We will stop the radical indoctrination of our students, and restore PATRIOTIC EDUCATION to our schools!”
The tweet was coordinated with a message from the White House that vowed to punish dissenters who desecrate federal monuments.
Just signed an order to establish the 1776 Commission. We will stop the radical indoctrination of our students, and restore PATRIOTIC EDUCATION to our schools!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2020
“Unfortunately, some versions of American history offer a misconstrued and one-sided account of our founding in an effort to paint America as a systemically racist country,” that statement reads.
It also states that “education leaders” and parents “must be empowered to choose an education that fits their values and meets their child’s needs.”
When the president announced he was forming an exploratory committee to look into a Patriotic Education plan in September, he claimed “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
The president’s Monday tweet was greeted with criticism that included numerous propaganda images of the Hitler Youth Movement in 1930s and 1940s Germany.
“You’re absolutely Reich, Mr. President,” tweeted one commenter.
“Patriotic education? Radical indoctrination? What the hell?” another Twitter user asked. “Just teach facts.”
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Trump supporters greeted the president’s executive order with enthusiasm.
“About time!” celebrated a Trump advocate who’s been on Twitter since 2012. “How about we protect our University’s intellectual property and stop allowing international students to come study from our schools to return home and create business that compete against ours.”
A Trump fan from Sandy Hook, CT. with more than 157,000 followers also cheered the president’s proposal.
“We need to start teaching kids to LOVE and RESPECT their country!” wrote JT Lewis.
“Or we could teach them critical thinking and allow them to form their own opinions,” countered Cali Colliver, who joined Twitter last month “to follow election drama.”
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