Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned Monday that American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is “the most dangerous person in the world,” prompting disbelief from the union chief.
“I tell the story often — I get asked, ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’ The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten,” Pompeo told Semafor.
Pompeo, who served in President Donald Trump’s cupboard, may have mentioned his insurrection-fomenting ex-boss was probably the most harmful. He’s been criticizing Trump as he ponders a problem to him and others within the GOP for a presidential run. Or maybe he may have mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has led to 1000’s dying and a spike in international rigidity.
But nooooo… Pompeo went after an educator.
“It’s not a close call,” he mentioned. “If you ask, ‘Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?’ It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing.”
Weingarten pushed again exhausting on Twitter. “I know that Mike Pompeo is running for president, and frankly, I don’t know whether to characterize his characterization … as ridiculous or dangerous,” she wrote.
Weingarten accused Pompeo of defending “the Middle East’s tyrants,” “undermining Ukraine,” and kowtowing to Trump as a substitute of “fighting 4 freedom.”
“So Mike, let me make it easy for you,” Weingarten continued in her Twitter thread. “We fight for freedom, democracy, and an economy that works for all. We fight for what kids & communities need. Strong public schools that are safe and welcoming, where kids learn how to think & work with others. That’s the American Dream!”
Like a lot of his potential Republican rivals, together with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Pompeo seems to be casting himself as a soldier within the so-called “anti-woke” tradition wars.
Dozens of states have sought to limit the educating of important race concept, which explores the ramifications of racism in America, in accordance to Education Week.
And DeSantis, who has emerged as Trump’s hottest foe inside the get together, prompted a stir by backing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” regulation proscribing dialogue of sexual orientation and gender identification in early main grades.