President Donald Trump continues to fail to come up with any kind of effective plan for dealing with the fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic. Lately, he’s turned his attention towards schools, and he has insisted that there’s some kind of conspiracy to keep schools closed just to make him look bad. There’s absolutely nothing of the sort — in reality, there are very real dangers inherent in opening up schools without protections in place to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. During an appearance this Wednesday morning on CNN, National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen Garcia quipped that she dares Trump to sit in a middle school classroom and “breathe that air” without any kind of anti-virus measures in place.
During a White House meeting on Tuesday, Trump ranted about the need to reopen schools, and he insisted that he would demand that they reopen across the country — but he failed to effectively acknowledge the fact that it’s not a matter of some kind of political pressure. It’s a matter of getting schools the resources that they need to keep people safe.
Garcia — whose organization is a teachers’ union — commented:
‘You can see why we’re supporting Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Did you hear the word [Trump] didn’t use? “Safely.”.. There’s no one that wants our kids back with us more than teachers… but we want to open it safely. We see what happens when they let bars open prematurely… This isn’t a bar. We’re talking about second graders. I had 39 sixth graders one year in my class. I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air without any preparation for how we’re going to bring our kids back safely.’
The National Education Association has issued their own set of guidelines that they demand to be implemented if schools are reopened. These guidelines include ample personal protective equipment for school districts, deep-cleaning procedures for school campuses, space for 6 feet of separation between students in classrooms, and more.
Asked where money might come for the implementation of these guidelines, Garcia poignantly commented:
‘When Shake Shack needed money, Congress joined hands, sang Kum-ba-yah, and threw money at businesses so they wouldn’t have to lay people off. There is a bill sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk right now called the HEROES Act, passed by the House, that has billions of dollars dedicated to schools, right now, so we could do this right. Donald Trump said “dead on arrival” — he didn’t have a plan.’
Watch her comments below:
“I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air without any preparation for how we’re going to bring our kids back safely.”
National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia says schools can only reopen if done so safely. pic.twitter.com/d13sVYr5oS
— New Day (@NewDay) July 8, 2020
Some of those on the side of rushing to reopen schools no matter what, including Trump himself, have pointed to European countries that have reopened their own schools as evidence that the U.S. should too. These people fail to account for the fact that these countries have actually contained the Coronavirus on a societal scale. The U.S. has done no such thing — recently, the country has yet again been setting records for the most new cases reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic.