In a speech he downplayed the US’s oppressive past, and stated that it will seek to impose a “patriotic education” (by decree).
Donald Trump’s flirtations with the far right are common currency since his government began almost 4 years ago. From defense to neo-Nazis Until his attacks against the Black Lives Matters militancy, the president of the United States has sought to maintain his adherence constantly.
In this sense, his explosive speech on American education this Thursday can be counted as an attempt to secure his support for the presidential elections in November. It was at the National Museum Archive, at an event called the White House Conference on American History, that the president rammed like never before against education.
Among other things, he downplayed the country’s racist legacy, affirmed that educating children about racism “was a form of child abuse“, and announced a federal plan for the creation of a commission to promote a “patriotic education” with the goal of “encouraging educators to teach children the miracle of American history.”
This project, to be called Commission 1776 (in honor of the founding year of the United States), will spearhead plans for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the country, which will take place in 2026.
Trump in turn harshly attacked the Project 1619, an educational initiative launched in 2019 by The New York Times in commemoration of the 400 years after the arrival of the first slave ship to the Virginia colony. The project aims to place the contributions of the black population at the center of the country’s historical narrative.
The 1619 Project “distorts” the story of the United States, Trump asserted, stating that the country was founded “on oppression, and not on freedom.” He stressed that the American youth “will be taught to love America with all his heart and soul, “before adding that” from (George) Washington to (Abraham) Lincoln, from (Thomas) Jefferson to (Martin Luther) King, America has hosted some of the most incredible people in the world. History”.
The US president also stated that “a radical movement is trying to demolish this beloved and precious heritage.”
“Leftist mobs have toppled statues of our founders, desecrated memorials and carried out a campaign of violence and anarchy,” he said.
And he denounced: “Far-left protesters have chanted the words ‘America was never great.’ left has thrown a violent assault against the forces of order, the universal symbol the rule of law in the United States. “
Trump also targeted those he perceived to be “accomplices” in these movements. From “liberal politicians, mass media and even big companies”, and maintained that the objective was “to intimidate the Americans so that they left their values, their inheritance and their way of life”.
“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will claim our history and our country for citizens of all races, color, religion and creed, “were his words. In turn, he reiterated that” the radicals who burn American flags want to burn the principles contained in the founding documents, including that of equality before the law. ” .
In this way, he emphasized that “leftist riots and chaos are a direct result of decades of indoctrination by the left in our schools. “
“They have gone too far,” he said, before saying that “the left has manipulated, distorted and degraded American history with deceptions, falsehoods and lies.”
“The narrative about the United States presented by the extreme left and that is being chanted in the streets has a strong resemblance to anti-American propaganda of our adversaries, because both groups want to see the United States weakened, ridiculed and totally diminished, “he said.
Trump also charged against the “critical theory of race”, which he has described as “a Marxist doctrine that maintains that the United States is a nation evil and racist, that even young people are complicit in oppression and that the entire society must be radically transformed. “
“Teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse in the truest sense of these words. For too many years, radicals have mistaken the silence of Americans for a weakness, but they were wrong,” he stressed.