The President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, is no stranger to playing politics. Now she is taking aim at state governors who pass policies she doesn’t like. A quick stroll through her social media platforms shows that she leans decidedly to one side.
Her blue-check Twitter page reveals that she is not only the President of the AFT, but also that she is in favor of many of the progressive policies being floated by Democrats and federal mandates for COVID response.
Her wife, a lesbian rabbi who leads the largest Jewish LGBTQ+ congregation in New York City, is even a religious freedom advisor to President Joe Biden.
So, it should come as no surprise that she has thoughts on governors who are prohibiting mask and vaccine mandates in their state’s public school systems.
Recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott issued executive orders banning mask mandates and vaccine passport requirements for numerous entities, including public schools.
In fact, DeSantis is even hinting at withholding pay of school administrators who violate his order.
In a conversation with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, she said, “The disinformation campaign and what people like Governor Abbott and Governor DeSantis are doing, they are hurting people in terms of their public health by this disinformation campaign.”
She never really identified what the disinformation was that these governors are supposedly peddling.
Weingarten also told Todd, that outside of religious or medical exemptions, teachers should be required to be vaccinated, a stance she has pushed repeatedly.
“My members have stepped up,” she said. “Ninety percent of the teacher members have actually gotten the vaccine, but I do think that the circumstances have changed and that vaccination is a community responsibility. And it weighs really heavily on me that kids under 12 can’t get vaccinated.”
She went further, saying, that vaccines and masks will help protect children who cannot get vaccinated.
Ironically, she pinned a tweet with photos of herself from this past Saturday, working with a group of school kids and their parents, while she was not wearing a mask.