(TheConservativeNews.org) – On Thursday, American Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten joined CNN senior political commentator Scott Jennings to discuss her role in pushing school closures during Covid-19 that led to a viral moment where Jennings slammed the union boss for her policy advocacy.
Prior to this CNN panel, Weingarten appeared before Congress to testify on school closures during the pandemic and her actions during them in which she claimed to lawmakers that she actively attempted to get students back in school.
The teacher’s union boss claimed during her testimony, “We spent every day from February on trying to get schools open. We knew that remote education was not a substitute for opening schools.”
Jennings, however, had a problem with that particularly since it is well known that the union leader regularly pushed for school closures.
“Speaking on behalf of millions of American parents, I have four at home. I had to teach them at home. My wife had to teach them at home,” Jennings explained before tearing into Weingarten. “I am stunned at what you have said this week about your claiming to have wanted to reopen schools.”
“I think you’ll find that most parents believe you are the tip of the spear of school closures,” he said. “There are numerous statements you made over the summer of ’20 scaring people to death about the possibility of opening schools. And I hear no remorse whatsoever about the generational damage that’s been done to these kids.”
“I have two kids with learning differences. Do you know how hard it is for them to learn at home and not in a classroom that was designed for them?” the CNN commentator asked an expressionless Weingarten. “And for you to sit in front of Congress and the American people and say, oh, I wanted to open up them the whole time, I—I am shocked. I’m stunned. I’m stunned. And there are millions of parents who feel the exact same way.”
Following Jennings’ takedown, Weingarten attempted to recover saying, “I knew and understood the importance of reopening schools and the importance of making sure that people were safe. And poll after poll that we did of parents—and I spent a lot of time with parents—said that they basically understood and supported that we needed to do both.”
In addition to being humiliated on CNN, Weingarten was also fact-checked on Twitter via Community Notes that clearly showed that the union boss pushed for school closures even into 2022.
“Weingarten’s words are not representative of her actions,” the fact check reads. “Her union pushed aggressively at the local level. Areas with high union influence remained closed much longer. They continued in 2022.”
It seems like those who pushed Covid-19 lockdowns on the American population have realized just how detrimental they really are and are attempting to backtrack. Both Weingarten and Dr. Antony Fauci, have attempted to whitewash their efforts during the pandemic to lock Americans in their homes and keep children out of school.