By Amanda Menas
To understand the chasm that separates the presidential candidates, just scan their Twitter accounts. Tweets by President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on the same topic show the profound difference in their views of what America should be, and the role of the U.S. President.
By using the new NEA Candidate Comparison tool, you can see an in-depth look at what the candidates are saying, in their own words, about major topics impacting educators, students, and school communities. Here are just a few ways Biden and Trump have responded to the biggest events of the last four years:
With Donald Trump refusing to commit to COVID-19 relief aid, nearly 26 percent of America’s workforce has lost their jobs, and the U.S. reports the worst economic drop on record. He has left educators and students without a plan to safely reopen schools or kickstart the economy as the pandemic continues to take hold of the country. Biden has worked with scientists, educators, and economists to bring the newly unemployed Americans back to work.
Biden has a plan
Testing is the springboard we need to help get our economy safely up and running again. Trump could rapidly scale it up. He hasn’t. Instead, he’s passed blame and pushed sole responsibility to governors.
We’ve got to do better. https://t.co/qtjjC5shEJ
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 27, 2020
Trump says COVID is good for economy
Our Economy and Jobs are doing really well. Next Year will be a Record Setter. Stay Tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
The Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, expanded coverage to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans and dramatically reduced the number of uninsured children. Trump and GOP leaders have made numerous attempts to repeal the ACA, but offer no vision for a health care system of their own making.
Biden believes everyone should have access to healthcare
It’s clear Donald Trump will stop at nothing to tear down Obamacare and rip health care away from millions. We cannot let him get away with it. We have to build on the ACA with a new public option to ensure everyone receives the care they deserve. https://t.co/34NCSYhO2C
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 23, 2020
Trump makes empty promises
As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
Educators, parents, and students alike long to return to in-person learning. But the Trump administration offered no comprehensive plan or infusion of federal resources for the personal protective equipment, space for socially distanced instruction, and vast improvements in education equity needed to return to school safely.
Biden understands that schools need resources now more than ever
Everyone wants our schools to reopen. The question is how to make it safe and how to make it stick. Forcing educators and students back into classrooms in areas where infection rates are going up or remaining too high is just plain dangerous. pic.twitter.com/8OeTj2eWdt
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 17, 2020
Trump tells schools to open, or else
Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
The Supreme Court’s extremist decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue opens the door to schemes that funnel taxpayer dollars to religious and private schools. Betsy DeVos approves, NEA does not.
Biden opposes vouchers
When we divert public funds to private schools, we undermine the entire public education system. We’ve got to prioritize investing in our public schools, so every kid in America gets a fair shot. That’s why I oppose vouchers. #Espinoza
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 23, 2020
Trump says vouchers reign, even during a pandemic
Today’s SCOTUS ruling is a historic win for families who want SCHOOL CHOICE NOW! #SchoolChoice is a civil rights issue, and no parent should have to send their child to a failing school. I will continue to fight for School Choice and will always defend Religious Freedom!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
In August 2017, white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va., In their wake, one counter-protester advocating for racial equality was dead, many more injured, and the community left traumatized. President Donald Trump infamously told the press that there were “very fine people, on both sides.”
Biden proposes systemic investments to ensure racial equity
No. Not in America. We must be stronger, more determined and more united than ever. Racism and hate have no place here. #charlottesville
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2017
There is only one side. #charlottesville
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2017
Trump insists he is the “least racist person”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court put at least a temporary stop to the Trump administration’s ill-conceived attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children. Among the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients keeping the country running during the coronavirus pandemic are an estimated 15,000 “DACAmented” educators.
Biden respects immigrants and supports pathways to citizenship
The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored. And as President, I will get to work immediately to make it permanent. https://t.co/xKkCp4P9Ff
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 18, 2020
Trump supports a shorter table and a big wall
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
RACIAL EQUALITY PROTESTS
The killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked massive nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
Biden sees a “national reckoning on racial justice”
George Floyd deserved better and his family deserves justice. His life mattered.
I’m grateful for the swift action in Minneapolis to fire the officers involved — they must be held responsible for their egregious actions. The FBI should conduct a thorough investigation. https://t.co/n1tdiUba0x
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 27, 2020
I promised George Floyd’s family that he wouldn’t just become another hashtag — and I intend to keep that promise.
We need justice. And we need real police reform to ensure this never occurs again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 6, 2020
Trump ignores systemic racism
The following Tweet was removed by Twitter for glorification of violence:
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
For a full look at the NEA Candidate Comparison which discusses other issues such as class size, early education, and each candidate’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit StrongPublicSchools.org.