The Washington Times
Trump takes aim at cancel culture, calls 1619 Project and Critical-Race Theory ‘ideological poison’
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Thursday, September 17, 2020
President Trump said Thursday that the Left’s cancel culture, critical race theory and the 1619 Project by The New York Times are “toxic propaganda” that Americans must eliminate from the workplace and from schools for the sake of national unity.
“American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture at work, or the repression of traditional faith, culture and values in the public square. Not anymore,” the president said in a speech at the National Archives in Washington.
He said critical race theory, the 1619 Project “and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together.”
‘We will not sit idly by while you take advantage of the misinformed’
Mr. Trump announced to cheers that he will sign an executive order soon to establish a national commission, called the 1776 Commission, to “promote patriotic education.”
“We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country,” the president said. “We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, speaking at another forum in Washington on Thursday, said the federal government “does not have a role in a national curriculum.”
“Curriculum is best left to the states and local districts at local education agencies, but we can talk about curriculum that actually honors and respects our history and embraces all of the parts of our history and continues to build on that,” she said.