The current president of the United States really wants schools to reopen for fall. Not because he’s concerned about students’ lack of socialization or their mental health from being quarantined, but because parents have to be able to go back to work for the economy to fully reopen. If the economy does not open and rebound before November, Donald Trump is in trouble. Who cares if those students, teachers, and administrators get a virus that could kill them or their families during an election year?
Now, the president is threatening to cut funding to higher education, using an old conservative talking point about “liberal indoctrination” in colleges and universities. Of course, none of those conservatives mention that having an education makes you think critically about politics and policies, they just need to keep their voters away from an educational facility lest they stop believing that Gay Pride parades cause hurricanes and windmills cause cancer.
Earlier in the week, Trump also threatened to pull funding from public schools, schools where most parents must send their children when the schools are open or risk criminal charges, if they do not reopen in the fall.
Because Congress holds the power of the purse, Trump is unlikely to get funding pulled from schools. It’s a similar claim to his 2016 presidential election rhetoric when he promised to “repeal Obamacare on day one” or to keep Muslims from traveling to the United States. It’s an empty and impossible promise, but one that is also telling about Trump’s rabid desperation ahead of the November election.
Twitter was exasperated with Trump’s endless threats to our education system. Read some of their comments below: