Revisionist lockdown authoritarian Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has doubled down in her campaign to convince everyone she was for opening schools.
To review - Weingarten testified to Congress late last month that she "spent every day from February on trying to get schools open," adding "we knew that remote education was not a substitute for opening schools."
This earned Weingarten a 'community notes' correction on Twitter, in which users noted that she previously called attempts to reopen schools in the fall of 2020 "reckless, callous and cruel."
AFT President Randi Weingarten: "We spent every day from February on trying to get schools open. We knew that remote education was not a substitute for opening schools." pic.twitter.com/1qNL05VD3u— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 26, 2023
.@ScottJenningsKY to @rweingarten: "I am stunned at what you have said this week...I think you'll find that most parents believe you are the tip of the sphere of school closures...I hear no remorse whatsoever about the generational damage that's been done..." pic.twitter.com/gVCDgpP3dN— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) April 28, 2023
Outstanding compilation of footage of teachers’ union leader Randi Weingarten calling for COVID school closures throughout 2020 and 2021, contrary to her now casting herself as a bold advocate for schools reopening.pic.twitter.com/UcWjfmqpno— Michael P Senger (@michaelpsenger) May 3, 2023
Politifact to the rescue!
Establishment 'fact checker' Politifact raced to the scene to perform triage for Weingarten by suggesting that she advocated for "advocated for tailored approaches that prioritized safety needs of individual districts, educators and students but stopped short of endorsing a full return to in-person learning all across the country."
Community notes quickly sliced through that word salad of bullshit, amending Weingarten's May 2 tweet touting the Politifact 'correction' to the record. Weingarten also turned off replies for anyone that doesn't follow her. Both stunning and brave, we know.
PolitiFact | Here's what AFT’s Randi Weingarten said about reopening schools during COVID-19 https://t.co/6WgnvSgb43— Randi Weingarten 🇺🇦🇺🇸💪🏿👩🎓 (@rweingarten) May 2, 2023
Weingarten tripled down, tweeting: "What’s false is the community note, not @PolitiFact."
Randi would like to speak to the manager of twitter https://t.co/71hVBRAkPq— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 5, 2023
Of course, still no answer for why her union aggressively pushed for lockdowns at the local level.
She just needs to add another note to clarify previous statements, endorsing them or not.— Luciana Villanti (@allinthenewedu) May 5, 2023
I don’t understand her issue. 🤷🏽♀️
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Parent SMOKES School Board boss Randi Weingarten to her FACE LIVE on CNN for closing schools:— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 28, 2023
"I hear no remorse whatsoever about the generational damage that's been done."🔥
I'm willing to debate Ms. Weingarten on any issue discussed in any of these community notes as she wishes.— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) May 5, 2023
But lets be clear: I would bring video evidence of what she said, the date she said it, and what her union was saying at the time.
Any time. Any place. https://t.co/SZTT4LqUHf