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Fox News host Steve Hilton slammed the “school fiasco” caused by the coronavirus pandemic and called for Americans to demand a tax refund if schools do not reopen in the fall.
The host of “The Next Revolution” unloaded on the issue during his show Sunday, encouraging families to “take it to the courts” if schools remain shuttered over fears of spreading the virus even as the Trump administration is calling for them to reopen.
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In a fiery monologue, Hilton launched a “campaign” to “stand up to the bureaucrats” and demand action as some Democrat governors continue pushing back against efforts to reopen schools in the fall if it is deemed unsafe for students and staff.
“The risk to children from coronavirus is a fraction of the risk from flu every single year, no one ever talked about closing schools for that,” Hilton said, noting a study that did not find any instances of a child infecting parents.
“This is not safe. It’s harming our children,” he said, noting the mental and emotional toll the school closures have taken on children.
“The evidence is piling up that remote learning doesn’t work especially for the poorest families and those in rural areas with unreliable Internet. And perhaps worst of all, we see reports of a rise in child abuse. Beyond the impact on children, there is the impact on our economy. If kids cannot go to school, parents cannot go to work,” Hilton said.
He noted the response to issue in nations such as Australia and Canada, adding that President Trump “gets all this.”
“We are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open and it’s very important and it’s very important for our country and for the well-being of the student and the parents,” the president, who has been vocally advocating for the reopening of schools, said.
Trump has been weighing on on the issue in tweets and last week, threatened to cut off federal funding for schools if they don’t reinstate in-person classes this fall.
… and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also threatened to withhold funding and Fox News’s Chris Wallace challenged the “authority” to do so on “Fox News Sunday.”
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“Isn’t cutting off funding exactly the wrong answer?” Wallace asked.
“American investment is a promise to students and their families,” DeVos responded. “If schools aren’t going to reopen and fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds. Then give it to the families to decide to go to a school that is going to meet that promise.”
Continuing his monologue, Hilton slammed the cautionary warnings from “people we are told to trust,”playing a clip of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. One of the top members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, Fauci has reportedly not briefed the president since early June and the White House, responding to a Washington Post report this weekend, listed some of the scientist’s many coronavirus mistakes.
Hilton called out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which he said is “preposterously praised by the media as the best public health agency in the world,” accusing the agency of “hemming and hawing on these vital questions when other countries have done the research and published clear conclusions.”
“What have you been doing Doctor Redfield?” he asked, referring to the CDC director who, during a press briefing last week with Vice President Pence, held that the guidelines are just recommendations.
“The purpose of the CDC guidance — remember it’s guidance, not requirements — and it’s purpose is to facilitate the reopening and the keeping open of schools in this country,” Redfield said.
Hilton concluded his monologue with a call to action.
“We believe in decentralization on this show and we believe, above all, in people power. It is time to use it over this school fiasco,” he said.
“If your child’s school won’t open in the fall, demand your money back so you can find an alternative. It’s your child, it’s your tax dollars. Why should you pay for service you are not getting?” Hilton asked.
“That’s our new campaign: Reopen schools or give me my school money back,” he added. “Take it to the courts… fight for your right and your money. Tell your school board, tell your mayor, tell your council, tell your governor: If you won’t open my child’s school I want my school money back.”
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