The National Education Association – endorsing Joe Biden for president and every Democratic presidential candidate for decades – is calling out President Donald Trump's plan to reopen schools in the fall.
"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," NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia told CNN's "New Day."
The NEA is the nation's largest labor union with 3 million members. It vehemently opposes charter schools, a staple of the Trump campaign, the administration, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
But, the NEA is using the global coronavirus pandemic to oppose Trump in multiple CNN appearances this week.
"You can see why we are supporting Joe Biden over Donald Trump," Eskelsen Garcia told CNN on Wednesday. "There's no one that wants their kids back with us more than teachers. Maybe their parent. Maybe their parents beat us out there, but we want to open it safely."
President Trump has rebuked the politicization of reopening schools, tweeting:
"In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!"
The NEA has opposed Republican presidents for decades, and it exclusively lobbies for and funds Democratic presidential candidates, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (before she even won the Democratic primary in 2016, per The Washington Post), and now Biden – much to the dismay of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., supporters.
The Wall Street Journal reported before the 1996 re-election of Clinton, the National Education Association building five blocks from the White House has a framed quote from ex-Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.:
"No presidential candidate who wants to win in November ignores the National Education Association any more."
That story was reported by then-Journal staffer Glenn Simpson, who has gone to found Fusion GPS. It is the Washington-based opposition research company hired by Hillary Clinton to conduct opposition research on then-candidate Trump that was used to spread the Christopher Steele dossier that touched off the 2016 Obama administration Russia investigation.
A London judge ruled Wednesday that Steele must pay damages for "inaccurate and misleading" allegations in the dossier.
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