Longtime U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has long been a focus of criticism for conservatives based on her commitment to progressive causes.
In recent days, however, a simple display of bipartisan kindness resulted in her vilification by some fellow liberals, and she is now facing calls to have her name removed from local public schools, as reported by PJ Media on Monday.
Committee cites 1986 incident
The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee announced its decision that hers is on a list of names recommended to be stripped from such institutions.
This push stems from an incident in 1986 involving Feinstein, who was mayor of San Francisco at the time.
After a Confederate flag was vandalized outside of city hall that year, she opted to replace it as part of a larger display including other historical banners.
Of course, there are plenty of other names potentially on the chopping block that might come as a surprise to some Californians — including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Some parents are expressing their opinion that this pursuit is evidence of misplaced priorities within the city’s educational system.
“Not actually helping”
“Principals are devoting resources to this,” said Jonathan Alloy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re being presented with it as a fait accompli.”
The upset parent went on to point out that largely minority students are being negatively impacted by distance learning plans necessitated by COVID-19 and would be better served by policies that address their most urgent concerns.
“We’re not actually helping disadvantaged children by changing the name of the school they can’t attend,” he said.
Though not directly related to an exchange on the Senate floor last week, Feinstein’s latest opposition comes on the heels of backlash she received from the left for praising Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for his conduct during the contentious Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. A number of Democrats and progressive pundits have since called for her to be replaced as a leader on the panel.
One such critic, The Atlantic contributing editor Norman Ornstein, tweeted: “Diane [sic] Feinstein praising Barrett, and then inexplicably praising Graham, is a clear sign that she should not remain as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.”