The Biden administration is desperately blaming former President Donald Trump for the harm done to a generation of kids by the Democratic party’s COVID lockdowns.
After Biden’s own federal data showed the largest learning losses in decades, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre credited Biden with getting kids back in classrooms.
Biden blames Trump for learning loss
Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that reading scores for 9-year-olds fell by 5 points since 2020, the biggest drop in 30 years, while math scores fell for the first time ever, by 7 points.
The liberal New York Times was forced to concede that “the pandemic erased two decades of progress in math and reading.”
Of course, that phrasing is rather misleading: kids weren’t harmed by the pandemic, but the response to the pandemic from Democrats, teachers’ unions, pandemic alarmists who work for the New York Times, and above all, Anthony Fauci.
But the spin from the White House was even more galling. At a briefing Thursday, Biden’s press secretary blamed Trump, who pushed vigorously to get kids back in class, for the decline in test scores and said that schools opened up because of Biden.
“That was the work of this president and that was the work of Democrats in spite of Republicans,” she said.
Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona likewise cited “damage done by Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the pandemic.”
In the world of reality, it was Biden who blasted President Trump’s “dangerous” push to open schools.
Everyone wants our schools to reopen. The question is how to make it safe and how to make it stick. Forcing educators and students back into classrooms in areas where infection rates are going up or remaining too high is just plain dangerous. pic.twitter.com/8OeTj2eWdt
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 17, 2020
Once in power, President Biden gave teachers’ unions a back channel to pressure the CDC to keep schools closed. But Randi Weingarten, head of one of the biggest teachers’ union in the country, now has the audacity to say that “schools are already working on helping kids recover and thrive.”
But Anthony Fauci may have the most ghoulish response of all, saying no one was “irreparably damaged” by the school closures he advocated.