My kids love Donald Trump.
I have 8 and about-to-be-7-years old boys, and you would be hard pressed to find two kids who think more of our president. Given that I’ve written book-length content crammed with Trump’s faults and political incompetence, one would think my own progeny would be terrified and filled with venom over the man I once called “Biff for President.”
Here’s why they’re not. Well, two reasons: once they saw that kindly Donald sent a signed Christmas card in 2015, they were hooked.
The second reason is that I have never, to my kids, disparaged the president as a man, or called him a monster. I’ve made plenty of political comments, and not a few about Trump’s relationship with God. But those were in the context of “let’s pray for him.” We have prayed as a family.
There is no reason–zero–for any child to be terrified by Donald Trump. Yet Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the NEA, the nation’s largest teachers’ union (in fact, the largest union in the U.S., period), told the National Press Club that Trump “creates fear in children.”
“We are facing a reckless, irresponsible administration that creates chaos and confusion — which is bad,” Eskelsen Garcia told the National Press Club. “But [Trump] does something worse: He creates fear in children. And that is unforgivable. For the first time in our country’s history — and I’ve talked to these teachers — we have had to comfort crying children because they are afraid of their president.”
Why would these kids be scared of a 71-year-old billionaire, who himself has 9 grandchildren?
Congratulations to Eric & Lara on the birth of their son, Eric "Luke" Trump this morning! https://t.co/Aw0AV82XdE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2017
I can give you 20,439,212 reasons.
That’s the amount the NEA spent on political donations in 2015-2016, making them #12 on the list of top political spenders. If you add in the American Federation of Teachers, the other teachers’ union, the total is a whopping $60.8 million. Teachers’ unions, as a group, are #2 on the list of all political donors in the 2016 election cycle.
Every dime went to Democrats.
If I spent $60 million smearing a political figure and did it through the adults who spend more time with children than their own parents for nine months of the year, I’m sure I could find some crying, terrified kids. They were terrified by their teacher’s statements about our president.
They worshipped Barack Obama, who illegally began DACA, then they told those kids Trump would have them deported. The ironic part here is that Trump probably–almost certainly–won’t deport them. He will likely make their amnesty legal using Congress to do it, or he’ll do his own version of DACA.
Trump is the illegal immigrant kids’ savior, or he should be.
That includes comforting girls wearing hijabs or children named Mohammed, Alfredo and Juanita, as well as transgender children who just want to use the restroom, Eskelsen Garcia said.
Oh please! Spare us the political drama: Save it for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. I’ll stock up on popcorn.
The truth is that kids are only terrified by what adults tell them. And ultra-liberal, ultra-political teachers’ unions are terrified of a 71-year-old grandfather.