The Largest Union is Launching a New Anti-Trump Campaign

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The nation's largest union, the National Education Association, launched a coordinated campaign yesterday in 14 states and 2 congressional districts aimed at linking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's deplorable comments to a sharp rise in classroom bullying.

According to the union, Trump has normalized bullying and kids have noticed.

“We are going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that we have a president who will be a good role model for children,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said. “Donald Trump is not on that list, but Hillary Clinton is.” [...]

“Kids feel like they have been given permission, and they are invoking the name of Donald Trump,” she said.

Here in southwestern Ohio, the most common political ad I've seen on television is the Clinton campaign ad featuring Trump making a series of gross comments about women as young girls look into the mirror at home. I don't have children but I do have two nieces and it sticks with me every time I see it.

Trump's language undoubtedly seeps into the minds of children who see a presidential nominee and the leader of one of our two majority political parties saying these kinds of terrible things. There have been many reports over the past year of kids taunting other students by chanting Trump's name or slogans, or by telling them they're going to be deported.

The Southern Poverty Law Center published a comprehensive report earlier this year on the "Trump Effect" that has altered the atmosphere in schools across the country.

The National Education Association has over 2.9 million members and a super-majority of them are women.

  • Aynwrong

    I have a niece and a nephew and they have a cousin who is a 10 year old girl. I would be disgusted if they were ever treated this way or if my nephew ever came to think this behavior was acceptable.

  • I can personally attest that this his happening at my daughter’s school. I’m glad they made a statement.

  • muselet

    I’ve been reading anecdotal accounts of schoolkids bullying each other with Donald Trump’s words for months. It’s not really all that surprising, although it is dismaying. Good on the NEA for calling Trump out on this.

    While we’re on the subject, I’d like to ask Righties a question, the one they ask whenever a black or brown child gets in trouble: Where are the parents?

    I suspect any answer offered would be unsatisfying at best.


    • They’re all for “might makes right” so long as the “might” is all on their side.

    • Aynwrong

      Those answers would most likely be horrifying.