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Levin: Teachers Union Strikes Demonstrating Most Teachers Are Not Essential ​​​​​​​

By Andrew Davenport | August 3, 2020 | 3:59pm EDT
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Featured is an empty classroom. (Photo credit: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images)

Conservative radio host Mark Levin criticized teachers' unions for striking during his show Friday, saying they are proving that most teachers are "not essential."

"Let me tell you what your teachers and your unions are doing to you," Levin said. "You are demonstrating to everybody who pays your salaries, your pensions, your health care, everyone who pays you, that most of you are not essential because more and more parents are getting used to alternative forms of education, whether they're doing it, whether they're finding a parochial school, a private entity, whether they're bringing in tutors."

"We were told you cannot cut the student lunch program. You're killing the student lunch program. Kids aren't in school getting lunch."

Levin also pointed out that many are concerned about the effects of the virus on children in schools, yet ignore bad flu seasons.

"Little kids get the flu," he said. "Little kids do die from the flu. Little kids do pass on the flu and do receive the flu. This is science."

Below is a transcript of the segment.

Levin: So the American Federation of Non-Working Teachers apparently is going to back strikes in Florida, Texas, Arizona, other Republican, or least leaning Republican states to help to, you know, elect Democrats. So I said to Mr. Producer, Mr. Call Screener, "so if the teachers go on strike, how are we going to know?" How are we going to know? They're not teaching. So they go on strike. Let me tell you what your teachers and your unions are doing to you. You are demonstrating to everybody who pays your salaries, your pensions, your health care, everyone who pays you, that most of you are not essential because more and more parents are getting used to alternative forms of education, whether they're doing it, whether they're finding a parochial school, a private entity, whether they're bringing in tutors. I mean, I'm hearing about parents collectively bringing in tutors so they can split the bill and having classes in their own homes. So what you're demonstrating is we don't need as many of you. We just don't. And we can cut our taxes.

It's what I call "defund the teachers" union. You are creating, as Tony Fauci likes to say, "the science, the data." You're creating the science and the data to demonstrate so many of you are not needed. You're not essential. And you can thank your union, and you can thank the Democrat Party. And you're not doing yourselves any favor. Look how heartless this is. We were told you cannot cut the student lunch program. You're killing the student lunch program. Kids aren't in school getting lunch.

"You can't cut this program and that program," but you've cut them unilaterally by not showing up for work. And of course, "you're not following the science." And what does the science say? Your classrooms are safe. Whether the kids wear masks, you wear a mask, whether they're six feet apart, whether they're not. These little kids are not getting this. And they're not passing it. So even when they get home, they're not giving it to their family members. And they're not giving it to their teachers and you're not giving it to them.

Meanwhile, with a bad flu season, does anybody say "six feet apart, wear a mask, virtual teaching and blah blah blah?" Of course not. And yet, little kids get the flu. Little kids do die from the flu. Little kids do pass on the flu and do receive the flu. This is science. This is data. We know that they're the safest people on the face of the earth when it comes to the Wuhan China flu. No. Eva Pelosi may not agree with that, but follow the science. The head of the CDC said it today. "No, no, no, not that science. You can shut down the schools. You can protest. That's okay. I know, I'm Anthony Fauci." So if the teachers go on strike, how do you know they're striking?

Andrew Davenport is a CNSNews intern and a student at Regent University, where he studies political communication and American politics. He has served as the chairman of the Regent Young Americans for Freedom and a student alumni ambassador since 2018. He is a member of the National Journalism Center program and serves as the senior representative of Regent University student government. Following his undergraduate, he plans to pursue an M.A. in government focusing on public policy.   

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