The second largest teachers union in the United States, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has teamed up with the Left leaning Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to write a letter to President Elect Donald Trump.
The letter, dated November 18th, lectures the President Elect on inclusiveness and uniting the country, but then launches into a tirade about hate incidences allegedly committed by Trump supporters:
“In the days since your election, we have seen people—seemingly emboldened by your victory—committing harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault based on those differences. Many of these acts have been carried out in your name. Though you may not condone this behavior, your silence gives tacit permission to those who perform these acts.”
So much for ‘uniting the country’. Apparently, AFT and SPLC had this ‘report’ all ready to go once the election was over.
These claims in the letter are drawing the questionable ‘report’ which was compiled and circulated by the Southern Poverty Law Center with the help of AFT.
Joining AFT, Weingarten and SPLC is North Carolina’s NC NAACP President, Reverend William Barber, who has made a cottage industry out labeling any moving target as hateful or racist:
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) November 18, 2016
Weingarten and Barber have a history going back some time. Weingarten has been a supported of the NC NAACP’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ).
Barber has returned the favor and addressed AFT at their annual convention in 2014.
Barber gave a sermonized speech that ended with his characteristic yelling of single words into the microphone and hopping around in a circle on stage to applause from Weingarten and the crowd. View the video of the speech.
‘Trump Effect’ is Full of Smoke
The official AFT account on Twitter promoted the SPLC ‘report and cited Weingarten as saying that, “the Trump effect is real”.
The SPLC report included some 867 incidents, none of which appear to have been corroborated and most of which were reported to SPLC’s own website with no outside verification of the data.
Media Research Center’s Newsbusters chronicled how media outlets latched onto the report and ran with it without any proof these claims actually happened. In fact, quite a number of them have proved to be hoaxes since the report came out, with quiet updates or retractions following in various media outlets appearing sporadically.
SPLC also left out some crucial information in their big release of their report. An article by Paul Sperry at the NY Post cites 2,000 instances of anti-white incidents reported by educators of which SPLC failed to include. SPLC apparently tried to hide the data:
Asked last week to provide the data, SPLC initially said it was having a hard time getting the information “from the researchers.” Pressed, SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp finally revealed that “about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question.”
Bokenkamp did not provide an explanation for the absence of such a substantial metric — at least 2,000 bias-related incidents against white students — from the report, which focuses instead on “anti-immigrant sentiment,” “anti-Muslim sentiment” and “slurs about students of color” related to the election.
According to a report in the USA TODAY, one in five of AFT’s members voting for Trump despite a massive ground campaign by the union and an early 2015 endorsement of Hillary Clinton. One in three of the National Associations of Educators (NEA) members were found to have voted for Donald Trump.
USA Today also captured AFT’s President, Randi Weingarten blaming ‘sexism’ for Trump’s win. In doing so, she basically called one of out five of her 1.6 million members a sexist.
AFT President Randi Weingarten, whose union represents about 1.6 million teachers and other workers, said some of the reason for Clinton’s defeat was timing — and perhaps sexism.
“Frankly I was always concerned about whether the country was ready to have a female president,” she said. “There was an intensity of hatred that male political figures never get. So I think we’re never really going to understand it.”
This kind of statement from Weingarten will seem typical, if not downright bland, when compared to her often unhinged ravings on Twitter. Lately, her feed is a 24/7 narrative stream branding Trump as ‘hateful’ and targeted attacks on his Education Secretary pick, Betsy DeVos.
They say education is non-partisan, yet Weingarten’s election night tweet underscores her partisan position:
1st thoughts on Prez-elect Trump- Econ insecurity was issue & Trump more trusted than Clinton to fix it-our fight 4 equality 4 all endures pic.twitter.com/p5qq8ZVORG
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) November 9, 2016
According the latest figures, AFT spent over $1,019,849 in lobbying and made contributions to candidates of $1,576,580 in 2016.
Contributions made by AFT to outside spending groups totaled $3,116,318.
The top recipient was Priorities Action USA, which was the largest single-candidate super PAC in support of Hillary Clinton. AFT gave the PAC $1.5 million dollars.