Trump criticized the Biden administration for trying to “indoctrinate America's schoolchildren with poisonous and divisive left-wing doctrine” by pushing critical race theory.
He described the effort as “the exact opposite of the American belief that we are all created equal in the holy image of God.”
Trump spoke about critical race theory during a speech to North Carolina Republicans on Saturday, updating his usual campaign speech to focus on the controversial topic.
Trump praised North Carolina State House Republicans for passing limits on the use of critical race theory in schools, and called for all Republicans to do the same.
“Republicans at every level should move to immediately ban critical race theory in schools, and we should ban it in workplaces, we should ban it in our states, and we should ban in the federal government. And it should be done immediately,” Trump said.
The former president's comments criticizing critical race theory earned wild cheers and applause from the audience.
He also used the threat of critical race theory to promote the idea of school choice:
If government-run schools are going to indoctrinate children with radical ideas, Republicans must immediately pass legislation to empower every parent in America to opt-out of the insanity and send their child to the public-private charter or religious school of their choice.
Trump criticized the “socialist Democrats” for pushing their radical ideology into schools.
“They slander our country, disparage our founding, divide our children,” he said.
Trump said Democrats were pushing “phony civic education,” which would even give students academic credit to show up at protests.
“Can you believe that? And make themselves into left-wing activists,” he said. “And how badly do they treat people on the right compared to people on the radical left.”