I thought it was bad enough when Dr. Ben Carson, an evolution and climate change denier, was being considered as the next Secretary of Education. (His business manager Armstrong Williams later said Carson didn’t want the position because he “has no government experience” and would not want to “take a position that could cripple the presidency”… even though that didn’t stop him from campaigning to be the President.)
Trump’s alternatives, however, are no better. The Associated Press reports that another possibility for Secretary of Education is Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., who recently met with Trump to discuss the role:
Falwell tells local media that he and Trump met Thursday at Trump Tower to discuss the U.S. Department of Education and Falwell’s potential role. He wouldn’t confirm or deny whether he was being vetted as secretary of education, but says he will “definitely play a role” in the administration.
How bad must Trump’s vetting process be if Falwell in still in the mix? He, too, is a climate change and evolution denier whose idea of education is keeping students in a bubble where critical ideas must be suppressed. Liberty has also been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.
It’s not clear whether Trump is seriously considering Falwell for the position, if Falwell would accept it if offered, or if this was just a courtesy to someone who supported him throughout the campaign.
But the idea that we’re even having a conversation about a potential Secretary of Education who runs a private university that puts indoctrination over actual learning is horrifying. There’s no telling what Falwell would do with the power of that office.
(Screenshot via YouTube. Thanks to Scott for the link)