President Donald Trump’s demands for “patriotic education” are a “dog whistle” for white nationalists, former Obama Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Thursday.
“Let’s be clear about what the 45th president is trying to do,” King said during a POLITICO forum on inequality in education. “This isn’t just a dog whistle, it’s a dog bullhorn to try to signal to white nationalists that he is on this side of a false version of our history that denies the reality of slavery and Jim Crow and segregation and the consequences it’s had for our society. That’s what he’s doing.”
The president’s threats are “empty,” said King, who is now CEO of The Education Trust. “Because the federal government cannot withhold funds from school districts based on their using the 1619 Project.”
Trump has railed in recent weeks against “critical race theory” and the 1619 Project by The New York Times,