Donald Trump is banking on getting the coronavirus under control and the economy roaring back to life to boost his re-election bid.
But Trump just got some very bad news on this front.
And that’s because the Democrats’ top ally is about to hand Trump one major election setback.
The Wuhan virus has been devastating for the United States, but Democrats seem invested in making the pandemic even worse.
After months of lockdown, the country is ready to responsibly open back up again, but not according to the left.
The economic impact has been catastrophic; deaths of despair have increased significantly.
Also, children need to be back in school so they don’t fall too far behind developmentally.
But Democrats and the teachers’ union, which are joined at the hip, don’t seem to be prioritizing the children.
New Jersey’s largest teachers’ union, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), is calling for all students to be tested for the virus before returning to school followed weekly tests and mandatory masks at all times:
This is child abuse – plain and simple – for a virus that is much less deadly and less transmissible from kids than the flu. https://t.co/6djIG9p1zo
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) July 13, 2020
This is a ridiculous demand that poses a logistical nightmare.
Also, there’s no evidence to support the idea that children are super-spreaders for the virus, nor is there much evidence to support the notion of asymptomatic transmission.
NJEA wasn’t the only union making demands.
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) released a research paper that called for the police to be defunded as a condition for reopening schools.
The paper read:
“Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue…We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
This is truly insane.
Police violence is nowhere near a leading cause of death among black people.
Black people are almost 40 times more like to be killed by someone else other than the police.
In 2019, the number of unarmed black people killed by the police was 9.
The teachers’ unions are arguably the most radical extension of the Democrat Party.
Departments of Education at the collegiate level have some of the highest concentrations of self-described Marxists, so that trickles down to K-12.
That’s how radical movements such as Black Lives Matter get filtered into grade school curricula.
The catastrophizing over the coronavirus has to stop.
It’s being used by Democrats as an excuse to enact as many of their policy goals as possible.
Death rates for the virus are thankfully plummeting.
It’s time to allow the country to heal.