Donald Trump Jr.'s name is being floated as a potential political candidate but the President's eldest son just lost one constituency Monday night.
Speaking in El Paso, Texas to warm up the crowd for his father's "Make America Great Again" rally, Trump Jr. decided to attack teachers, and many Americans are outraged.
DJTJ, as Donald Trump Jr. is often called, is closely aligned with Turning Point USA, which bills itself as a conservative organization focused on college students. Its founder, Charlie Kirk, often appears at Trump rallies and DJTJ has spoken at TPUSA rallies. TPUSA's communications director, Candace Owens, was accused last week of defending Hitler.
So perhaps it's no surprise that the President's son would focus his attention on school-age conservatives, but his remarks inspired some to suggest he is the one in need of an education.
"You know what I love?" Trump Jr. asked the crowd in El Paso. "I love seeing some young conservatives, ’cuz I know it’s not easy," he said, reinforcing the Trump family's theme that conservatives are marginalized victims.
"Keep up that fight, bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it," he told the audience.
.@DonaldJTrumpJr's message to young conservatives: "Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don't have to… https://t.co/hhmtpMw1GF— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1549936858.0
Many on social media took offense to the President's son's attack on educators, many if not most of whom endure low-salaries, are forced to buy classroom supplies with their own money, and suffer extreme disrespect from the right. As one person on Twitter asked, "The same teachers who we expect to put their bodies in front of our kids if a shooter comes in their classroom?"
At least one teachers' union responded:
Donald Trump Jr. called teachers “losers” today. Must mean we’re doing something right. https://t.co/uRLJHgWFrP— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@ChicagoTeachersUnion)1549947354.0
The number of people online citing Trump Jr.'s "loser teachers" remark was massive. Here's a small sampling:
@DonaldJTrumpJr - I am one of those “loser teachers” and I will do more good in the next five days in my classroom… https://t.co/6SC6JDvM0n— defnotjennifer (@defnotjennifer)1549939530.0
-Every single thing he says is an insanity-level lie. -Don Jr. calling teachers losers is straight heartbreaking.… https://t.co/tUYub6bBMm— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1549958735.0
"Loser teachers." Somebody needs to go back to school. Assclown. https://t.co/UFW6nvzB5j— Craig Newman (@Craig Newman)1549972851.0
@WashTimes Like father, like son: “I love the poorly educated," @realDonaldTrump “You don’t have to be indoctrinate… https://t.co/SXt34I9vWu— Capitol Comments (@Capitol Comments)1549949730.0
@shannonrwatts Would that he’d paid enough attention to the “loser teachers” to know whether to use ‘who’ or ‘that’.— Donna Leinwand Leger (@Donna Leinwand Leger)1549948796.0
He called them "loser teachers." Raise your hand if you know an amazing teacher who smashes that insult to pieces.… https://t.co/5J8JtdJ2DL— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@Jess Phoenix 🌋)1549953695.0
“loser teachers” reveals more about Don Jr. than he realizes https://t.co/29r4dJUwPx— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1549954469.0
@shannonrwatts Loser teachers. Nice. I am a first year teacher. I have to buy my own supplies for my students… https://t.co/ILRH0Rm7p1— ❤️ (@❤️)1549951620.0
Honestly, the millions of American public school “loser teachers” contribute more to society in one school day than… https://t.co/xgIIb9pq3z— wheels (@wheels)1549946937.0
“Loser teachers” I can’t use the words I want to describe my rage right now, lest I end up in Twitter jail. Educato… https://t.co/VDbXBogWEG— Kristin Karnitz (@Kristin Karnitz)1549945002.0
Hi, @DonaldJTrumpJr. I’m a teacher, and most of my friends are teachers. They are intelligent, selfless, innovative… https://t.co/rFI071r1oL— Erin Parker (@Erin Parker)1549985412.0
Loser teacher here. It's true I dont make a lot of money, but I earned it on my own (with the help of some loser s… https://t.co/joUpeDuuRE— Antifa Airline (@Antifa Airline)1549968145.0
#LoserTeachers here, being a loser. Teaching about journalism, writing process, marketing, graphic design, literary… https://t.co/15ZdgvlLOE— 💛💛 Angie 💛💛 (@💛💛 Angie 💛💛)1549982640.0
At the MAGA KKK hate rally yesterday in El Paso, Trash Jr hobbled onto that tacky stage and called teachers losers.… https://t.co/7FY8agulot— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1549984730.0
Teachers don’t indoctrinate students into socialism, @DonaldJTrumpJr. They make sure their students don’t end up ig… https://t.co/7fqhONuycC— Dina Ley (@Dina Ley)1549974222.0