‘I will win’: Chris Rufo vows to wage ‘legal war’ against teacher’s union boss for ‘doctored’ quote

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Crusading journalist Christopher Rufo has vowed to take legal action against teachers’ union head Randi Weingarten after the embattled union boss used a manipulated quote to whip up leftist resentment against him, a grossly dishonest and unethical maneuver that underscores her desperation.

The Manhattan Institute fellow who also writes for the City Journal has been at the forefront of efforts to expose the depths to which the cancerous ideology of the “woke” revolutionaries has penetrated boardrooms and classrooms and has become a focal point of the fanatical left’s hatred to the extent that they are now just making things up about him.

At issue is a “doctored quotation” posted to Twitter by the American Federation of Teachers president that distorted Rufo’s words to make it appear that it is he and not the leftist culture warriors who are fomenting distrust and creating a false narrative.

“Rufo himself said ‘To get to universal school choice, you really need to operate from a premise of universal public school distrust. To sow & grow that distrust, you have to create your own narrative frame, & have to be brutal & ruthless in pursuing it,” she wrote.

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“Let’s be clear about what Rufo is saying. This isn’t about helping kids. This is about sowing distrust and chaos,” Weingarten added in a second tweet.

Rufo responded strongly to her twisting of his words that were delivered during a speech at Hillsdale College.

This is a doctored quotation. Delete it, @rweingarten, or I will wage legal war against you—and, as you have made up the middle part of the quote entirely, I will win,” he wrote.

“Anyone can watch my Hillsdale speech to confirm. Randi combines two unrelated lines and fabricates the words “to sow & grow that distrust” to make it seem sinister. In the speech I say the opposite: the *teachers unions* have created distrust,” Rufo added, including a link to a video of his speech.

“I welcome criticism, even harsh criticism, from @rweingarten and the teachers unions. But fabricating a quotation is utterly dishonest and beyond the pale of acceptable discourse. Weingarten and the AFT should delete it immediately—or I will escalate,” Rufo added in another tweet.

Weingarten also repeated the falsified quote during an appearance on MSNBC, drawing a response from Rufo that if she didn’t delete the tweet and issue a retraction that “I will unleash hell on you,” a promise to make her pay for the brazenly transparent manipulation of his words.

Weingarten did slightly walk it back, posting his words in context but not deleting the original or retracting her words.

“Randi is now admitting that she deliberately fabricated ‘to sow and grow that distrust’ with the intention of damaging my reputation,” Rufo responded. “Somebody please buy this woman a shovel—she’s digging herself deeper into the hole.”

Ironically, Weingarten recently drew attention for bellicose remarks made on a liberal podcast earlier this month, suggesting that the backlash against classroom groomers and their enablers could lead to an actual war.

“This notion – we’ve been very lucky in America, and we in some ways live in a bubble for a long time,” she said. “This is propaganda. This is misinformation. This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts.”

Rufo, who has promised to hold the “oppressor of American children” accountable for her lies, appears to be poised to give Weingarten her war, in a courtroom.


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