During an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY,” Vice President Kamala Harris turned into a mumbling bumbling mess after she was confronted over the issue of the Biden Administration’s failure to reopen schools across America.
Earlier in the year, the CDC announced that there is data to suggest that schools can open safely however the Biden Administration appears to be bowing down to the teachers unions who clearly don’t want to go back and teach.
When confronted on the issue, Harris couldn’t keep it together.
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“In the last four weeks, schools are opening, every week more schools are opening,” the vice president said to host Savannah Guthrie. “And it is because we are supplementing what needs to happen around the vaccinations getting into states, but also because we are seeing progress, folks are wearing masks when they’re getting vaccinated, when they’re social distancing, we’re seeing progress there.”
“But we all want the schools to reopen, Savannah, all of us who have children in our lives. They want to go back to school, we want them to go back to school, teachers want to teach.”
After being challenged, Harris decided to not “follow the science” and said the CDC’s guidelines are only recommendations.
“Some recommendations include what, again, needs to happen around social distancing, hand-washing, mask-wearing. But the point is that we all want our kids to get back to school as quickly as possible and as safely as possible,” Harris said.
Guthrie then pushed back, saying the Biden Administration has had conflicting messages on returning to school.
“Our goal is as many K-8 schools as possible will reopen within the first 100 days,” Harris said. “Our goal is that it will be five days a week, so we have to work to achieve that goal. But our goal is the goal of parents, I mean, here’s the thing, Savannah, I don’t need to tell you, the issue here is not just about statistics, it’s about our kids, it’s about their parents. It’s about the fact that every day our kids are missing essential, critical days in their educational development.”
“We know, we have worked on this issue for years, around the fact that by the end of the third grade, if a child is not at third-grade reading level, they literally drop off,” she continued. “So each day in the life of a child is a very long time, and that’s why we’ve got to collectively do everything in our power to reopen our schools as quickly as possible and as safely as possible.”
The New York Post summarizes the rest of the interview. Check out what they reported:
Asked about the wariness of some teachers to return to work without taking a COVID vaccine, which some teachers unions have capitalized on to refuse to return to in-person learning, Harris seemed to undermine the CDC statement, insisting teachers need to be a priority for vaccination.
“Teachers should be a priority [to receive the vaccine] along with other front-line workers,” Harris said twice before offering an anecdote about a favorite teacher of hers.
“And we’re going to make them one,” she added, declining to say whether teachers should feel safe returning to in-person instruction, as the CDC has advised.
Pressed by Guthrie if unvaccinated teachers should feel safe returning to the classroom, Harris replied, “Well, I think that we have to decide if we can put in place safe measures. This is why it’s so important we pass the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan, which the president and I have proposed, is a plan about getting our schools back open.”
When Guthrie asked Harris to simply address the issue of teachers being wary of exposure if they aren’t yet vaccinated, the vice president repeated her assertion that the administration thinks teachers “should be a priority.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, said over the weekend that it would be “optimal” but not essential for all teachers to be vaccinated before returning to the classroom, echoing a similar verdict from Biden’s new CDC director.
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