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Trump: 'Patriotic Education' Needed to Quell Social Unrest

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President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on August 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:17 AM EDT

With racial protests ongoing in several cities nationwide, President Donald Trump said a way to counter them is to bring back "patriotic education" to schools.

During a press conference Monday evening, Trump discussed his ideas to help restore order.

"The only path to unity is to rebuild a shared national identity focused on common American values and virtues, of which we have plenty," said Trump, according to a White House transcript of his remarks. "This includes restoring patriotic education in our nation's schools, where they're trying to change everything that we've learned. What we've learned — in fact, what most of you have learned — they want to change it. They want to change it for whatever reason — cancel culture — whatever you want to call it."

He added later that the protests, which kicked off after George Floyd died while in police custody on Memorial Day, are happening because the nation's young people are being taught "lies" in school.

Democrats "want to destroy our country. They're going to destroy our suburbs. But I think I've gone a long way from allowing that to happen," he said. "The suburbs are protected, especially with the rule changes that I made. I took them out of the Obama administration; they were going to be made much worse.

"What we're witnessing today is a result of left-wing indoctrination in our nation's schools and universities. Many young Americans have been fed lies about America being a wicked nation plagued by racism."

Regarding former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump's opponent in his bid for reelection, the president said he would bring to the White House a "far-left policy agenda."

"Biden would give Antifa exactly what it wants: the far-left policy agenda it's asking for," said Trump, referencing the left-leaning group that he and other conservatives say is behind much of the social unrest. "And if that happened, we don't have much of a country left. If you give violent extremists what they want, the violence doesn't go away; they gain new power to spread the terror nationwide."

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With racial protests ongoing in several cities nationwide, President Donald Trump said a way to counter them is to bring back "patriotic education" to schools. During a press conference Monday evening, Trump discussed his ideas to help restore order. "The only path to unity...
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2020-17-01
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:17 AM
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