Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s extensive experience led him to fire a shot in the culture war that may have struck a nerve when he offered up his take on who is “the most dangerous person in the world.”
The former government official’s career took him from a captain in the U.S. Army to the House of Representatives, CIA director and then head of the State Department before leading his own political action committee through the Championing American Values PAC. As he mulls over his own political future with rumors swirling about a potential Republican presidential bid for 2024, he spoke with Semafor’s David Weigel to express that America’s big threat isn’t from a foreign power, but from a teachers union.
“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?'” Pompeo had said before answering his own question. “The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten.”
After his remarks were made, Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers fired back, “I know that Mike Pompeo is running for president, and frankly I don’t know whether to characterize his characterization of me in the @daveweigel interview as ridiculous or dangerous.”
Pompeo hadn’t stopped there as he went on to explain, “It’s not a close call. 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.”
States across the country have acknowledged much the same laws have been enacted to prohibit the teaching of critical race theory, queer theory and other Marxist ideologies to safeguard American students from indoctrination.
Like Trump’s 1776 project commissioned prior to the conclusion of his administration, Pompeo briefly outlined for Weigel the stakes should such antithetical, un-American, divisive ideas continue to be pushed. “If our kids don’t grow up understanding America is an exceptional nation, we’re done.”
If they think it’s an oppressor class and an oppressed class, if they think the 1619 Project, and we were founded on a racist idea–if those are the things people entered the seventh grade deeply embedded in their understanding of America,” he cautioned, “it’s difficult to understand how Xi Jinping’s claim that America is in decline won’t prove true.”
Weingarten, who prohibits those she doesn’t follow from replying to her tweets, went on to suggest, “So Mike, let me make it easy for you. 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!”
“And we fight against this kind of rhetoric and hate. Maybe spend a minute in one of the classrooms with my members and their students and you will get a real lesson in the promise and potential of America,” she added.
Her argument dismissed her own previous claims that teachers are in fact “social justice warriors,” which coincided with the founder of Moms for Liberty, Tiffany Justice, stating, “She’s an arsonist that pretends to be a firefighter.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 3, 2022
Furthermore, she recently retweeted a post promoting the teaching of “queer history” that had been published by a branch of her union called Share My Lesson as part of National Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Queer history is not any specific lesson that needs to be taught. Lets stick with getting Americans scores in MATH, SCIENCE, READING up again else we prove to the world that we are clearly in decline.
Teaching Children all this sexual information is not the job of you teachers
— rexx (@rexx63477161) November 22, 2022
Teach math, reading, writing and science. If you do then youth will know biological science of what makes a male a male, female a female. Be courageous, respect the science!!
— M C (@MCoceanwaves) November 22, 2022
As to his consideration of a run for the presidency, the former secretary said, “I haven’t decided whether I’m going to run, and my decision whether to run doesn’t depend on what lane I’m in or who else gets in the race. I’ve been at this for decades. The central thesis of the conservative movement is deeply embedded in my DNA, and I care about it. I think it makes America better. I think it makes life for families better.”
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