Friday, May 6, 2016

Donald Trump -- 'Dangerous Donald' -- blamed by teachers for creating bullies, harming mental health

Are our nation's children really this thin-skinned?

The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, blasted Donald Trump for what she described as hateful rhetoric, and said an "entire generation of children" now need special attention in order to recover from his bully-type tactics.

"Donald Trump appeals to the worst elements of our society," Weingarten said to reporters, the Hill said. "[His rhetoric' is really creating bullying and violence in schools."

She also said Trump has put teachers on the spot to "help an entire generation of children recover from the hateful rhetoric he has aimed at immigrants, Muslims, Black Lives Matter activists," and educators are having a tough time handling the burden.

"It is influencing our children and their behavior in schools," she said, "and making it much, much harder for us."

The AFT gave its endorsement to Democrat Hillary Clinton nearly a year ago, in July 2015. The remarks to reporters were delivered during a conference call that was arranged by Clinton's campaing, the Hill reported.

Another press call attendee, Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, also said "Donald Trump has a history of attacks on education and teachers" and suggested the Republican front-runner "may cut the Department of Education," he said.

"[Trump's] profiting off students and their futures," Pocan said. "Dangerous Donald is only looking out for himself."

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