Up to this point, I don’t think I’ve ever made Donald Trump Jr the subject of any of my writings. To me, he’s just another rich guy who’s rich because his daddy is, just like his daddy before him and his daddy before him. The result has been a collection of half-witted scions that would be in the professional wilderness were it not for their incredible luck. Sorry, but winning the sperm lottery shortly after your rich daddy reaches climax after 11 seconds of dispassionate intercourse doesn’t qualify you for anything. Certainly not my attention.
But every once in a while I just can’t ignore an heir like Trump Jr and his villainous-looking greaseball haircut when he shows just how truly grotesque he is. As has been well documented at this point – at the latest monster truck #MAGA rally in El Paso some 48 hours ago, which is a couple of geological epochs in the Trumpworld news cycle – Trump Jr took a well-worn page out of the Trump playbook by punching down, this time at teachers.
“I love seeing some young conservatives because I know it’s not easy. [Applause] Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it. Because you can think for yourselves. They can’t. [Uproarious applause]”
What an asshole.
The “liberal teachers” boogeyman has been a conservative trope for decades because it casts doubt on, well, learning things that are true. Open and unfettered inquiry into a range of subjects can have wide-ranging political implications. And free inquiry along with the greater understanding that it fosters has long been a problem for American conservatives.
You see, when Trump Jr says teachers can’t think for themselves and Trump supporters can, he has it exactly backward. Long before this president came along, his current supporters were happily gobbling up nonsensical religious horseshit spoon-fed to them by ignoramus pastors. Many still deny climate change, Darwinian evolution, and think the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, among other intellectual atrocities. And the president straight up lied to their faces mere minutes after Trump Jr told the #MAGAfolk they could think for themselves.
On Monday as Trump Sr stood in front of giant banners reading, “FINISH THE WALL,” he repeatedly told his adoring crowd that his stupid nonexistent wall is actually already being built, despite the fact that not a single foot of new border wall has been built. And yet the crowd cheered and cheered because Trump’s supporters can’t think for themselves, which is entirely what this absurd and malignant criminal enterprise we’re calling a presidency depends on: the gullibility and stupidity of a Trumpian base that’s happy to go along with denying objective reality. Trump Sr himself said it best on the campaign trail: “I love the poorly educated.”
Teachers are paid dirt to educate and babysit kids for six hours a day help ensure they’re informed and functioning members of society who make good decisions. So yes, you can see why Trump’s supporters have beef with teachers.