The Trump Campaign laid down a huge marker for the final 50 days leading up to Election Day — voters can embrace the patriotic history that focuses on 1776 and what came after, or 1619 and what the New York Times says should be important.
BREAKING: President Trump to sign an executive order establishing a commission to promote patriotic education called “The 1776 Commission”.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 17, 2020
There is little subtlety in framing the issue as follows:
Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together. It will destroy our country.
American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture at work or the repression of traditional faith, culture, and values in the public square,” Trump said.
Teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse, the truest sense. For many years now, the radicals have mistaken Americans’ silence for weakness. They’re wrong. There is no more powerful force than a parent’s love for their children.
The left-wing Cultural Revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution … The Left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies.
Here is the full speech:
The president is denouncing critical race theory on national television—and elevating this intellectual fight into a major campaign theme.
The battle-lines are drawn: we can embrace the principles of 1776 or the principles of 1619.https://t.co/rAfKQXX9ma
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) September 17, 2020
These comments were part of an announcement of the creation of the “1776 Commission” by Executive Order, for the purpose of countering the growing trend toward teaching aspects of “critical race theory” to high school and younger age students, using portions of the “1619” project published by the New York Times last year. That project promoted the theory that all economic development in US history is founded upon the use of slave labor until the time of the Civil War, and “systemic racism” in US society is a remnant of the legacy of slavery in the US.
The Trump campaign has clearly done its homework here. Some of these themes were previewed during the President’s campaign event at Mount Rushmore back on July 3, 2020. The Campaign clearly sees the retreat made by the Democrats from the extreme left-wing of their party, but Trump is not prepared to let them “retreat in peace.” The Campaign is undoubtedly armed with polling and focus group data that tells them pressing this issue will continue to make persuadable Democrats nervous about sticking with Biden and could play well with suburban voters whose primary interests include the education of their children.
The 180-degree reversal by the Democrats and Biden Campaign on the riots/protests of Antifa/BLM was the first sign that racial demagoguery as part of the summer of rioting was hurting Joe Biden’s Campaign. By deciding to take the fight to Biden by doubling down on this issue by promoting an educational effort contrary to the Marxism of critical race theory, Trump is daring Biden and the Democrats to come out in opposition. The moment the Dems rise to the bait with criticism — or at least as soon as the far left-wing like AOC can’t contain themselves at the provocation — the GOP/Trump responses write themselves.
Next thing you know, the Trump Campaign will maneuver Dementia Joe into rationalizing the decision to eat carrot cake when fresh-baked apple pie is there for the taking or spending a fall evening watching a cricket match from Pakistan on TV rather than the Cubs v. Cardinals from Wrigley Field.
Now I’m hungry for some Ball Park Franks.