Journalist Christopher Rufo has made many enemies on the left with his reporting exposing their woke agenda in schools and other major institutions.
Now, Rufo is threatening “full-scale legal war” against one of the nation’s largest teacher unions after its boss attributed a false quote to him, Fox reported.
Journalist threatens teacher union with “legal war”
According to Rufo, Randi Weingarten, the boss of the American Federation of Teachers, spliced up a quote to impute a “sinister” motivation to him.
In a tweet, Weingarten referenced a speech Rufo gave in early April at Hillsdale College about fighting back against the left. Rufo, a journalist at City Journal and a Manhattan Institute fellow, discussed how to break the left’s “monopoly” on America’s institutions.
The journalist argued in part that parents should have the option of “universal school choice” and that in order for the institutions to be reformed, they must first be discredited. He exhorted the audience to “attack the credibility of institutions” but noted that the institutions are discrediting themselves.
“To get universal school choice, you really need to operate from a premise of universal public school distrust. Because in order for people to take significant action, they have to feel like they have something at stake,” he said.
In an earlier part of the speech, Rufo said that in order to effectively combat the left, people of good will have to be “ruthless and brutal” and set the terms of the “narrative and symbolic war.”
While Rufo’s comments were certainly provocative, Weingarten took many liberties with her version of what Rufo said. She added the words “to sow and grow that distrust” and presented the two different parts of Rufo’s speech in reverse order — while making it all appear as one single, unbroken quotation.
“Rufo himself said ‘To get to universal school choice, you really need to operate from a premise of universal public school distrust. To sow & grow that distrust, you have to create your own narrative frame, & have to be brutal & ruthless in pursuing it,” she said.
“Let’s be clear about what Rufo is saying. This isn’t about helping kids. This is about sowing distrust and chaos.”
Rufo blasted Weingarten over the “doctored” quote and warned her to retract it or else face “legal war,” adding, “as you have made up the middle part of the quote entirely, I will win.”