Lockdown-loving liberal union official Randi Weingarten continues to embarrass herself on Twitter, this time sharing a fake claim about book banning.
Weingarten, who was recently re-elected to the American Federation of Teachers for an eighth term, implicitly acknowledged that she failed to do her homework, with the “my bad” catchall line.
This generally appears to be another example of how the gullible and ironically anti-free-speech left tends to believe anything negative about the free-and parent-centered state of Florida under Gov. Ron DeSantis.
When it comes to perhaps being a super-spreader of misinformation, as the saying goes, never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
“Weingarten admitted to sharing a false tweet claiming that certain books were banned in Florida on Sunday. The list, posted by an account called ‘Freesus Patriot,’ claimed that Florida has banned books such as, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ The account also tweeted that they would not reveal the source of the list,” Fox News reported.
Acknowledging the gaffe, Weingarten tweeted, “I should have double checked before I retweeted this list. My bad. Looks like some of the books weren’t banned. Book bans are very real & dangerous…”
The AFT is the second largest teacher’s union in the U.S. The equally left-wing National Education Association is the largest.
Weingarten, who many contend is essentially a Democrat activist and someone with minimal classroom experience, reportedly banks about $500,000 a year, which is about nine times the average salary of a U.S. teacher.
About a year ago, Weingarten claimed that the divisive CRT curriculum is not taught at the elementary or high school level.
In July 2021, she had to backpedal on Twitter after claiming that the COVID-19 policies of Gov. DeSantis would somehow “kill millions.”
Last month, she lamented on Twitter with no apparent self-awareness that classrooms were becoming too politicized.
‘Mission accomplished!’ Randi Weingarten slammed for whining about classrooms being ‘too politicized’ https://t.co/v4056Cq6ju
— michelekirkBPR (@michelekirkBPR) July 12, 2022
In response to another tweet along these lines, DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin explained in a fact check that “the State of Florida has not banned To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, Florida recommends the book in 8th grade. (FL Standards linked, page 160). However, the book was banned by a progressive district in California, along with other classics, in 2020.”
Weingarten apparently limits those who can directly reply to her tweets to followers or mentions, but she is nonetheless getting roasted on the social media platform.
Here is just a sample of the reaction:
Randi sorta walks it back.
That being said, states get to decide what books are included in their curriculum. It’s not up to unions. https://t.co/tLpaEDw3BK
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) August 22, 2022
And here is why more people are advocating for school choice. https://t.co/dkhimLbBkf
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 21, 2022
She is inept and presides over our children. 70-year-old lady says, "my bad." FFS………. https://t.co/Ymn6m8fjFr
— American Veteran 1776 (@AmericanVet1776) August 22, 2022
This is their tactic. They know when posting that it’s misinformation. They know the retraction won’t have the same impact as the initial false statement
— Mary Rose (@mombetweeting) August 22, 2022
When you're always looking to take a political scalp you're bound to get flanked.
More so when you've forgotten what your actual job is and all you focus on is politics.
Weingarten is helping nothing… https://t.co/Uk1Gzh2ELj
— Dan Bowen (@ScotchGuyDan) August 22, 2022
Teacher’s union head gets caught spreading misinformation yet again. Just increase her funding though guys! https://t.co/sqX1dOfaIs
— Jon 🔬 (@JonnyMicro) August 22, 2022
Randi Weingarten cannot be trusted to hold power and influence in steering education in America. https://t.co/UgsovAq6PD
— Moms for Liberty (@Moms4Liberty) August 22, 2022
It’s almost like Randi Weingarten purposefully lies to advance her political agenda at the expense of students. https://t.co/mI5XVFtWGR
— Nicki Neily (@nickineily) August 22, 2022
It is now acceptable to respond to Twitter censorship mods with “my bad” …. it appears that should keep your account active ?
— Bree (@SummaCumLoudee) August 22, 2022
Dunno about Florida, @JayCaruso, but "1984" and "Of Mice and Men" are routinely among the books most challenged and banned. Getting fished in by a list that misattributes where? Okay, good gotcha.
But those books *are* routinely on book-ban wish-lists. That's a real thing. https://t.co/QrVm35oI8q
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 21, 2022
Not only is it not banned , it’s recommended reading under our BEST standards ! https://t.co/7BLf7ox8mb
— Manny Diaz Jr. (@SenMannyDiazJr) August 21, 2022
Whoever “Freesus Patriot” is they protected their tweets when Christina called em out for this blatant lie. The Left live in a delusional fantasy world.
But I screenshot it before they did so, here’s the lying tweet: https://t.co/0gsvv6JlQV pic.twitter.com/Mh9caMosxU
— Joshua Fontanilla (@joshfontanilla) August 21, 2022
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