President Joe Biden is being accused of working with dark money and powerful teachers’ unions to keep public schools closed.
That’s according to Americans for Public Trust, which just launched a million-dollar ad campaign going after Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the revelation that the American Federation of Teachers lobbied the CDC on school reopenings, Fox News reported.
Titled “Science,” the ad opens with a clip of Biden telling Americans to “listen to the scientists,” before Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appears to say “get the children back to school.”
“We know schools are safe,” a voice-over then says. “But Biden and his CDC secretly worked with the teachers’ unions to keep schools closed.”
APT is a government accountability group and they target the president and the CDC for “sacrificing kids” and keeping them out of school, insisting that Biden’s trying to “pay back liberal dark money groups.”
“Teachers’ unions gave him a record amount of money. Science? No,” the ad continues. “With Biden – it’s always about dark money.”
A recent New York Post article about a teachers union influencing the CDC on school reopenings is displayed in the ad — in late March the Washington Post reported that “nearly half of schools are open full-time.”
The N.Y. Post reported on May 1:
The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February.
The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show.
The spot concluded by linking to DarkMoneyRewarded.com.
“Liberal groups, led by Arabella Advisors, spent a record amount of dark money to elect President Joe Biden—and immediately he started rewarding these groups,” the website states. “Top operatives who ran dark money groups are now working in the White House and the extremist groups that got him elected are already seeing their policy wish list take effect. It’s only the beginning of dark money running the Biden administration.”
The timing of the ad comes as AFT President Randi Weingarten calls for schools to reopen full-time and in-person in the fall, pointing to vaccines as a key reason.
“Between the vaccines, the mitigation, the collaboration, and just being in school — you saw a formula for how to create the trust and transparency that was necessary to get everyone back,” Weingarten told Politico last week.
“It wasn’t any new conversation with the administration that led to this speech. They did what we asked them to do, which we thought would actually be key to reopening,” she said of the Biden White House. “I watched those things in action, and that created trust.”
It remains to be seen whether a flip-flop lies ahead, although the American people are more and more insisting that schools reopen fully.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
— D.K. Have a great day🌸 (@DeniseK_USA) May 17, 2021
Voters ignorantly elected old school corruption, the way they always did it, underhanded and slimy. It’s the way they were politically raised in the old days! What happens when you dont know your history!
— FBI DAVE Consultant Crime Prevention &Self Defense (@FBIDave) May 17, 2021
Teacher union needs to be cut down to size to powering over district’s and kids are falling left and right. Basically holding kids hostages in gaining government funding. This is totally wrong.
— MEL J. HEINRICH (@heinrich51j) May 17, 2021
All of this information needs [email protected] disclosed. We need to know where JB stands on these topics. We as Americans have the Right.
— Sharon Smith (@SharonS37808095) May 17, 2021
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