A California public school teacher was caught on video telling his students that those who say "Make America Great Again" — the slogan from President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign — actually mean "make it kinda racist and sexist again."
What are the details?
According to a video tweeted by Ryan Fournier, founder and chairman of Students for Trump, Patrick Casey was teaching a freshman honors English class at Oxnard Union High School last month when he told students what the "MAGA" phrase truly means.
This is who is teaching our kids. Patrick Casey, a teacher at @OxnardUnion H.S. in California told his class that… https://t.co/lO7LIW1rqW— Ryan Fournier (@Ryan Fournier)1602270097.0
"White men miss the old days where they could just be a white dude who walked up and grabbed women by their genitals and nobody said anything, right?" the teacher was seen saying during the video excerpt from the class. "But you can't do that now, so that's why there's all these people like, 'Make America Great Again.' What they mean is, 'Make it kinda racist and sexist again.' That's what they're talkin' about."
The clip has been viewed over 300,000 times since it was posted Friday.
The College Fix said it asked Casey and Oxnard Union District Interim Superintendent Tom McCoy for comment on the matter, but the outlet said it didn't receive a reply in time for publication.
Haven't we seen this movie before?
Such behavior from teachers has happened more than a few times since classes have resumed around the country online:
- A New Jersey public high school teacher last week ordered a student to take down a Trump 2020 flag hanging in his room that was visible during an online class — or leave the virtual session.
- A Tacoma, Washington, teacher reportedly berated a 10-year-old student who recently revealed during a virtual class that Trump is the person he most admires.
- A northern California high school teacher recently threatened to kick a student out of a virtual class unless he removed a Trump 2020 flag from his camera background.
Of course, such sentiments among teachers aren't exactly new, either:
- A Michigan high school student said last December that a teacher assaulted her during school hours when he allegedly pulled a "Women for Trump" pin off her shirt.
- A Tennessee public school district launched an investigation last fall after an elementary school physical education teacher allegedly said on social media that a teen girl who punched a man in the face — who was wearing a Trump costume — "should have shot" the victim.
- In April 2019, a Long Island, New York, mother claimed her 11-year-old daughter wasn't allowed to select Trump as her "hero" for a school project — and that her teacher suggested former President Barack Obama instead.