Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell was mocked Wednesday after tweeting that it's "so stupid" for parents to be in charge of their children's education, Fox News reported.
What are the details?
The California congressman reacted to a quote from Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, which read, "We are putting parents back in charge of their kids' education."
Swalwell tweeted: "Please tell me what I'm missing here. What are we doing next? Putting parents in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials? When did we stop trusting experts. This is so stupid."
How did folks react?
Twitter users wasted no time putting Swalwell in his place for his tone-deaf comment and faulty logic. Critics, for example, noted that patients can select their doctors and clients can choose their attorneys.
- Nicki Neily, president of Parents Defending Education, jumped into the fray as well: "We stopped trusting 'experts' when they locked our kids out of classrooms, tried to force-feed them propaganda, and proved that their political agendas were more important than our kids' wellbeing."
- Caleb Rowden, majority leader of the Missouri Senate, said Swalwell's tweet "might be the most asinine comparison and general view of a parent's role in their own child's education that I have ever seen publicly stated. Is it any wonder more and more parent's [sic] are fighting for more choice than ever before?"
- Phillip Holloway, a lawyer and legal analyst, told Swalwell the following: "I wanted to let you know that clients actually are in charge of their trials. After all, it's their asses on the line. The major decisions are theirs and theirs alone. And yes, parents are in charge of their kids and their education."
What's more, many voters across the country disagreed with Swalwell's suggestion that parents shouldn't be in charge of their children's education.
In Florida, all six school board candidates endorsed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) won their midterm election races. Also school board candidates backed by parental rights groups saw overwhelming victories Tuesday, shifting several boards to conservative majorities in Florida, Maryland, Indiana, and Michigan.