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Did Donald Trump, Jr. Call Teachers 'Losers' at His Father's Rally in Texas?

The president's eldest son aired his grievances with educators during a political rally.

Published Feb 15, 2019

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Donald Trump, Jr. referred to teachers as "losers" at a campaign event.

On 11 February 2019, a social media backlash mounted against the eldest son of President Donald Trump for a comment disparaging teachers he made at a rally held that same day for his father in El Paso, Texas.

While speaking to the crowd, Trump Jr. stated that "I love seeing some young conservatives, because I know it's not easy. Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don't have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth."

As is often the case with outrageous comments that make headlines, readers asked us whether Trump Jr. really made that remark. He did, and it can be viewed in a video uploaded to the social media platform Twitter by Vox journalist Aaron Rupar:

Predictably, the comment drew heavy criticism, with digital video platform NowThis snarkily declaring "Large adult son thinks teachers are ‘losers’":

Some responses to the controversy were more sober, however, with one commenter reacting angrily to state: "I am one of those 'loser teachers' and I will do more good in the next five days in my classroom than you will do in the rest of your sorry life":

Donald Trump, Jr.'s remarks weren't the only controversy to stem from the El Paso rally. President Trump claimed that his campaign had received special permission from the El Paso Fire Department to let 10,000 people inside the County Coliseum where the event was held. A fire department spokesman stated that the venue holds 6,500 people, and no permission was given to accommodate a significantly larger crowd for the rally.


El Paso Times.   "Live Coverage of Trump's Visit to El Paso and Beto O'Rourke Rally."     11 February 2019.

El Paso Times.   "Fact Check: Trump Says 10,000 at El Paso County Coliseum Rally; Fire Department Says Not True."'     12 February 2019.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who has been working in the news industry since 2006.

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