Trump vows to abolish Department of Education during Nashville speech

 February 24, 2024

Former President Donald Trump continues to push his agenda for a possible second term, and it's already stirring up the political waters. 

During a recent speech in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump told an enthusiastic audience that he plans to end the Department of Education, and he drew massive applause as a result.

Trump made the remarks as a keynote speaker this week at the 2024 National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention.

The former president has stated previously that he intends to virtually abolish the agency, created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

What did he say?

Trump held nothing back in expressing his desire to do away with the DOE, which many conservatives believe is a waste of taxpayer funds that doesn't help students and is usually too political.

"We're going to end the so-called Department of Education. We might have one desk, one person, just to make sure everyone is speaking English," Trump said during his keynote speech.

NashvilleScene noted:

He pledged to "support a policy of universal school choice" and promised to grant "529 education savings accounts to be used for homeschooling expenses up to $10,000 a year, per child, completely tax-free," as well as reiterating conservative calls to shut down the U.S. Department of Education.

"With your prayers, your voice and your vote, we will reclaim our government from these horrible tyrants," Trump told the audience, adding that he will "restore faith and family to the center of American life" and saying that "the great revival of America begins on Nov. 5, 2024."

Trump's former Department of Education secretary has also gone on record of admitting that she doesn't believe the Department of Education should exist.

Social media reacts

Trump received overwhelming support for his intention to abolish the agency across social media.

"Education should be controlled by the states," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "We have the second worst president (I'll never lie to ya) the peanut farmer from Georgia to thank for the Dept of Education, the EPA and a couple more."

"Finally! Also get rid of Agriculture, Energy, HUD, EPA, HHS, and Labor. Anything useful they do would be better done by states or private organizations," another social media user wrote.

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