In their latest disgusting lie, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s cronies are politicizing children in a desperate move to convince voters that GOP candidate Donald Trump would be bad for children in America.
The National Education Association (NEA), which has endorsed Clinton for president, is spreading the rumor that bullying is on the rise because of the fierce rhetoric of the Trump campaign – or as they call it, “The Trump effect.” According to their rumor, kids picking on each other shows Trump is a bad role model for our children.
One problem: There is ZERO evidence that bullying is on the rise because of Trump. In fact, data shows it’s on the decline.
The report NEA based their findings on comes from a Southern Poverty Law Center survey, sent to educators who subscribe to their Teaching Tolerance newsletter — meaning they have already expressed concern about bullying issues in schools.
In other words, it was rigged — and they know it. The Teaching Tolerance website acknowledges the flaws in their own survey as, “not scientific,” and “not a random sample of teachers nationally.”
If their survey is considered accurate, then I could tell you that majority of Americans think that the Yankees are bad for America — if you simply disregard the fact that the survey was taken during a Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway Park.
So what does objective data say?
Federal data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals that, “the reported prevalence of bullying among students ages 12 to 18 dropped to 22 percent after remaining stubbornly around 28 percent for the past decade.” That statistic is from May 2015, five months after Trump announced his plan to build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.
The director of education research for the nonpartisan Child Trends, Deborah Temkin, acknowledged, “We actually don’t know if bullying is going up,” and warned that, “It’s really risky to say a single factor is causing an increase in bullying — I think it can take away from some of the great research that’s been done in this area.”
And she couldn’t be more right.
If teachers start blaming bullying on the rhetoric of one man, they might miss the fact that a child is being abused at home, has a learning disability, is incredibly insecure, or one of the other proven causes of bullying.
Clearly none of that matters to the Clinton campaign and their pals. As long as her backers are helping to paint an image of Trump as a fear-mongering villain who is brainwashing our nation’s youth, the accuracy of the information is irrelevant.
While the NEA is spreading worthless stats about bullying, they are doing nothing to combat it. Instead, they are hitting the campaign trail with Clinton to target voters with ads and junk mail in swing states – further proving that their end goal has nothing to do with the students of America and everything to do with landing Clinton in the office she has vied for her entire life.
Hopefully America isn’t fooled.
— The Horn editorial team