In case you missed it, President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made a speech at his father’s pro-border wall rally in El Paso on Monday night, and he took a shot at America’s “loser teachers,” whom he blamed for turning young people into socialists “from birth.”
“You know what I love? I love seeing some young conservatives because I know it’s not easy. (Crowd applauds and shouts.) Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it. Because you can think for yourselves. They can’t.” (Crowd applauds and shouts again.)
Setting aside the fact that babies don’t have teachers who can sell them on socialism, his comment reinforces President Trump’s comment about socialism in his recent State of the Union address. In what may be a new rallying cry for the GOP, the president said, “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country."
In any case, teachers and others were offended by Donald Jr.’s remark. Here are some of the responses on Twitter:
“Loser teachers” is an interesting message for the GOP. https://t.co/7pK2g8B8X6— Anne Ursu (@anneursu) February 12, 2019
Loser teachers. Nice.— ❤️ (@IamAwarriorsFan) February 12, 2019
I am a first year teacher. I have to buy my own supplies for my students to even have the basics to learn. I am too busy trying to get them ready for the next grade and worrying about where we are getting our next box of glue to indoctrinate them.
The Trumps want you to believe teachers—who nurture youth to realize their potential—are losers, while Billionaires—who horde money made off of the hard work of others—are selfless heroes.— Jesse Hagopian (@JessedHagopian) February 12, 2019
Striking teachers around the country are making the truth known!https://t.co/y2y5NFTCOf
“loser teachers” reveals more about Don Jr. than he realizes https://t.co/29r4dJUwPx— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 12, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. called teachers “losers” today. Must mean we’re doing something right. https://t.co/uRLJHgWFrP— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) February 12, 2019
"Loser Teachers."— Mx in Tx (@marconiplein) February 12, 2019
The teachers that work 60 hours a week in spite of subpar wages, bad standardized tests, and politicians set on destroying public education? Are those the teachers you're talking about? You just picked a fight you can't win, JR. #UnionStrong #LoserTeachers https://t.co/rw8tpsWn1Q
Like father, like son: “I love the poorly educated," @realDonaldTrump “You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers,” @DonaldJTrumpJr. #LoserTeachers #ElPasoRally— Capitol Comments (@CapitolComments) February 12, 2019
Disappointed in @DonaldJTrumpJr over his comment on educators. Not once was I ever taught to be a Socialist. More important, not one of my Teachers was a loser. No excuses for stupidity, Don!— William E. Woods for Kentucky Governor (@WoodsforKY) February 12, 2019