Donald Trump Jr. Rips Teachers Unions In Front Of A Gun Wall; Critics Go Ballistic
Donald Trump Jr. shot even further off the rails in a Twitter video targeting teacher unions on Saturday - in front of a wall of guns.
The Vox journalist Aaron Rupar commented that the ranting of the son of the former president in his typical cranked rhetoric made the message look and sound like an "extremist video from a bunker in an unknown location".
This looks and sounds like an extremist video released from a bunker in an unknown location. Pic.twitter.com/LNWmiUN96I
- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 21, 2021
Trump Jr. beat up teachers he accused of “preventing schools from opening” for not wanting to return to class unvaccinated or without proper safety protocols and risk their lives. "The teachers' unions are out of control and are destroying our child's future!" he noted in a caption with the video.
His argument was difficult to follow. He first addressed “Follow the Science,” which would support vaccinations and careful health measures to protect those exposed to group situations during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as teaching classrooms to children.
Trump Jr. appears to be part of a growing trend among right-wingers to include guns in their images. Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Posed in front of AR-15-style firearms at her home last week during a Virtual House Committee hearing.
Gun nerds on Twitter couldn't agree on the types of firearms on the wall behind Trump. Some believed that they were flashy, bespoke pistols, or even aiming pistols, modified with telescopic sights to make them appear potentially more threatening. In any event, critics viewed the guns as a deliberately threatening message.
Posting of a video attack by teachers' unions against the background of the gun wall. Regrettable.
- Tom (@TomBalawejder) February 21, 2021
First, in times of school shootings, it is very tasteless for Don Jr. to attack teachers in front of a wall full of guns. It's disgusting. It feels like a threat in this climate. And right after the Parkland anniversary. https://t.co/Uauycd7Lpg
- Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) February 21, 2021
Well, that obviously hit a nerve. Teachers have been defamed, demonized, and ridiculed for wanting their safety to be taken seriously so that they can return to their beloved occupation, but they are not even considered "essential" enough to have vaccines in many places.
- Kim Zimmerman (@ KimZimmerman1) February 21, 2021
Are they going to post all the videos with their guns in the background now? FFS
- Hamish Mitchell (@H_MitchellPhoto) February 21, 2021
- Pendragon? (@ CP17188007) February 21, 2021
I am a teacher. And a union administrator. In America's fifth largest school district. Teachers' unions are made up of teachers - to improve our working conditions.
The working conditions of a teacher are the learning conditions of a student. Stop demonizing people who have chosen altruism as a career
- D. A. Wood ??? ??? ??? (@piedpenguin) February 21, 2021
That's all I hear when a Trump opens his mouth: pic.twitter.com/od8V9779OU
- Super Liberal Man (@SuperLiberaIMan) February 21, 2021
He could have used a good public education. Perhaps he would have learned to form a coherent argument based on evidence and critical thinking.
But unfortunately. He's just a sprawling idiot with some guns.
- Craig Newman (@craignewman) February 21, 2021
This is your GOP, the former president's crazy son who posted a visible guns video to send an encrypted message that it's time to take up arms. We slept on January 6th because people didn't heed the warning signs and yet it starts again, this is not a dog whistle, it is a megaphone!
- Robert C. Evans (@ evansrc717) February 21, 2021
He doesn't look good.
- Walter Shaub (@waltshaub), February 21, 2021
If you are currently unhappy with your life, remember that you are not Don Jr. bizarre attacking teacher in front of an armory
- Lindy Li (@lindyli) February 21, 2021
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