Mike Pompeo says teachers union president Randi Weingarten is the most ‘dangerous person in the world’ and is more likely to ‘take our republic down’ with the ‘filth they teach our kids’ than China’s Xi
- The potential presidential candidate ripped union chief
- He singled out Weingarten and called her more dangerous than Kim Jong-un
- He brought up education failures and ‘filth’ in classrooms
- Said they are most likely to ‘take this republic down’
- Comes as GOP rivals have campaigned against critical race theory
- Comments come after speech where he said ‘personality and celebrity just aren’t going to get it done’ while denying shift from Trump
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called teachers union boss Randi Weingarten the world’s ‘most dangerous’ person – even elevating her above notorious dictators he contended with while in office.
The potential presidential candidate and former CIA director made the comment in an interview where he referenced North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who has continued to rattle world capitals with his ballistic missile tests, and the head of China, which is seeking to supplant the U.S. as the world’s preeminent power.
‘I tell the story often — I get asked ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’ The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten,’ Pompeo told Semafor in an interview Monday, singling out the head of the powerful American Federation of Teachers.
‘It’s not a close call. If you ask, ‘Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?’ It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing,’ he said.
‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world?’ Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said AFT boss Randi Weingarten earned that distinction. He said called out teachers unions for the ‘filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing,’ in a blast at Critical Race Theory
He made the comment in an interview after calling one of the country’s top priorities ‘making sure we don’t teach our kids crap in schools.’ It comes days after former President Donald Trump announced he would seek to reclaim the White House.
Pompeo did not bring up covid school shutdowns, which infuriated many parents in 2020 and beyond, instead focusing his comments on the New York Times’ 1619 Project and critical race theory.
‘If our kids don’t grow up understanding America is an exceptional nation, we’re done. If they think it’s an oppressor class and an oppressed class, if they think the 1619 Project, and we were founded on a racist idea — if those are the things people entered the seventh grade deeply embedded in their understanding of America, it’s difficult to understand how Xi Jinping’s claim that America is in decline won’t prove true,’ he said.
Randi Weingarten is head of the powerful American Federation of Teachers President
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues to keep foreign capitals on edge with his missile tests and fears of a seventh nuclear test
Pompeo brought up China’s President Xi Jinping, and said things being taught in schools would reinforce American decline
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia successfully campaigned against Critical Race Theory
Weingarten hit back in a blistering tweet thread
She brought up State’s own assessment of China, which mentions genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uyghur minority
Pompeo met with the Taliban political affairs chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, on September 12, 2020 in the last months of the Trump administration to help negotiate a U.S. withdrawal of forces
His comments came after an appearance at the Republican Jewish Coalition where he said ‘personality and celebrity just aren’t going to get it done,’ in a line that seemed aimed at former President Trump.
But he denied breaking with his former boss.
‘But I haven’t shifted. Tell me where the shift is?’ he said.
‘I’m contemplating presenting myself as the potential president of the United States to the citizens of America. There’s no shift. The things that worked, we should continue to go do. But I also think times are different. Right?’ he said.
Weingarten hit back at Pompeo in a tweet thread.
‘I know that Mike Pompeo is running for president, and frankly I don’t know whether to characterize his characterization of me in the @daveweigel interview as ridiculous or dangerous,’ she said, referencing the piece by Dave Weigel and Shelby Talcott.
‘At the state department, Pompeo defended Middle East’s tyrants & undermined Ukraine. He was more focused on pleasing Trump than fighting 4 freedom, national security & democracy. To compare us to China means he must not know what his own department says,’ she continued.
‘So Mike, let me make it easy for you. We fight for freedom, democracy, and an economy that works for all. We fight for what kids & communities need. Strong public schools that are safe and welcoming, where kids learn how to think & work with others. That’s the American Dream!’