Buck Sexton, the host of "The Buck Sexton Show" tweeted Tuesday that it is becoming apparent that teachers unions across the U.S. aim to hold schools hostage as the Trump administration pushes for a reopening in the fall.
Sexton tweeted that these unions, which are seen as reliable allies for Democrats, are “making demands like a Marxist terrorist group while mouthing slogans like, ‘teachers just want to teach’ and ‘it’s for the children.’”
The radio host linked out to a report listing some of the stunning demands from the United Teachers Los Angeles. The body insisted that it hopes to reopen, but the demands seem like a Democrat campaign pitch more than serious strategy to keep students and teachers safe.
Some of the demands include defunding local police, reexamining charter schools that “drain” resources and the implementation of a federal Medicare-for-all program.
“As it stands, the only people guaranteed to benefit from the premature physical reopening of schools amidst a rapidly accelerating pandemic are billionaires and the politicians they’ve purchased," the policy paper released last week, said.
Cecily Myart-Cruz, the union’s president, sounded like a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign when she released the guidelines, and said, “It is time to take a stand against [President] Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students, and our families at risk.”
Sexton has said that the best chance that Democrats have at retaking the White House in 2020 is if they can make the public believe Trump failed in his coronavirus response. One way to fortify the claim is by taking a slow approach to reopen the country.
The Daily Caller pointed out that the union wants the state to implement new taxes on the wealthy that it said would bring in an additional $14.5 billion in revenues.
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the Washington Post that teachers are going to go “all out” in their effort to get Joe Biden elected.
“We’ll make it clear when it comes time to really focusing on the election, who is on whose side and Betsy DeVos [the Education Secretary] is not on kids, families and educators side and she proved that pretty clearly this weekend,” Weingarten, who in 2018 named Hillary Clinton the AFT’s Women’s Rights Award recipient.
Trump was asked by CBS News about the backlash from school districts and stood by his call to reopen.
“I would tell parents and teachers that you should find yourself a new person whoever is in charge of that decision, because it is a terrible decision. Because children and parents are dying from that trauma, too. They’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing. Mothers can’t go to work because all of a sudden they have to stay home and watch their child, and fathers.”