For Trump, COVID-19 is dangerous to his cronies in jail but not to your kids in school

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Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, the President’s former lawyer and his campaign manager, have been granted early release from federal prison.

The risk of contracting COVID-19 was deemed too high for these two former Trump employees to stay behind bars.

But the president feels quite strongly that your kids should all be going to school! The hypocrisy is astounding.

No such compassion for teachers and students

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The official health guidelines state that if there is a substantial threat of COVID-19 spreading among the community, schools should close temporarily.

In addition, schools should incorporate best practices for preventing the transmission of the virus. This includes social distancing, smaller classes, and staggering arrival and pick-up times.

In response to the concerns voiced by the CDC about the coronavirus spreading through schools, the President tweeted:

Open up or lose funding says the President

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The debate about whether or not to reopen schools continues. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in which they urged schools to reopen in the fall — whenever it was safe to do so. They called for the use of practices such as frequent hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces, and enforcing social distancing where possible.

There is also concern that teachers will be at higher risk than children, especially given the average age of the national workforce.

The President reacted to the disquiet and apprehension by threatening to cut funding to schools that did not open:

To which a Norwegian responded:

It is not up to the President, Congress holds the purse-strings

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The government only provides around 10% of the funding for public schools. Thousands of local and state leaders for schools and public health officials will make the decision whether or not to reopen.

Evan Hollander, the Communications Director for the House Appropriations Committee, said:

“Congress provides federal education funding to support some of the most vulnerable young people in our country. The President has no authority to cut off funding for these students, and threatening to do so to prop up his flailing campaign is offensive,”

Schools will test the waters?

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The threat of COVID-19 is serious enough to warrant the early release of Trump’s former aides. Yet, it is low enough for schools to reopen, with thousands of students and teachers in close contact returning to homes around the country.

How very Trump.

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