High School Textbook suggests Trump supporters may be racist and President has mental problems


A textbook published by pearson Education is being criticized for suggesting President Donald Trump has mental issues and his supporters are afraid of diversity and might be racist. The textbook is called "By the People: A History of the United States" and it was originally exposed by a radio host named Alex Clark back in 2018.

The end of the book has a section called "The Angry Election of 2016" and it criticizes Donald Trump and his supporters. The author of the selection did not hesitate to hold back.

They stated "Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters."

The fact that Trump is anti-establishment should have been acceptable by everyone who was sick of the government and how they've been for decades. Bernie Sanders is sometimes considered to be anti-establishment, so technically speaking - his supporters should have loved Trump for being against the status-quo in government.

Continuing in the book, the author states that Trump's supporters are “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white.”

They then state, “Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history... They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.” 

This is actually incorrect and mostly the opinion of the author, which is exactly what should not be inside of a school textbook. The textbook should be facts only, not opinion. The Trump supporter base was not worried about Hillary Clinton being a woman or scared of diversity.

The part about the author worrying about Trump's mental stability is also quite a joke because not once ever did anyone worry about Trump's mental stability.

An article on Todd Starne's website states that "Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, told Fox News she was “appalled” after seeing how “blatantly biased” the textbook was toward Trump and his voters. She said it also glossed over all issues then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced during her campaign."

If there's anything we know, it's that opinion should not be part of American history textbooks.

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