CV NEWS FEED // Presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, blasted teachers union head Randi Weingarten for comparing parents’ rights groups to segregationists.
“There might not be anyone that’s done more damage recently than Randi Weingarten to the kids living in distressed communities, especially like the ones where I grew up,” Scott said in an interview with FOX News. “It’s so frustrating to hear these liberal lies, hearkening back to a day that no longer exists.”
Scott is one of three currently-serving black U.S. Senators. He announced his bid for the White House in May.
In the same interview, Scott suggested Weingarten’s anti-school choice stance is racist itself.
“I’m so sick and tired of liberals – too many of them happen to be white – crying racism every single time they’re losing an argument,” Scott said:
I can’t think of anything more actually racist than trapping poor black kids in the failing schools in these big blue cities dominated by a super-majority of radical progressives who are running the cities and destroying the schools.
They’re the ones, with their teachers unions, standing in the doorway of the schoolhouse, trapping poor kids in as if the house is on fire, but they won’t let a single soul out.
It’s really frustrating, and it’s one of the reasons why I think we have no choice but to break the backs of these teachers unions. They’re the problem. They’re literally destroying the future of millions of kids.
On an episode of a far-left podcast recorded last week, Weingarten said the pro-parent movement has “The same kind of roots that happened in the aftermath of Brown v. Board [of Education].”
“Those same words that you heard in terms of wanting segregation post Brown v. Board of Education, those same words you hear today,” Weingarten claimed.
As CatholicVote reported Friday, Weingarten
told the podcast host that she was “kind of gobsmacked” when she recently spoke with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a far-left organization known for their “lists” of purported “hate groups.”
“I was talking to [SPLC], and they showed me the same words, ‘choice,’ ‘parental rights,’ and an attempt to divide parents versus teachers,” Weingarten stated. “[At] that point, it was white parents versus other parents.”
She then named a few prominent school choice advocates and said: “If you listen to them, what they really want is the end of public education as we know it.”
Weingarten has served as the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for over 15 years. The AFT is the second-largest teachers union in the nation.