Makes you wonder if Trump was not the book’s editor.
Courtesy of Social Justice Books:
His buildings reached into the sky.
His businesses just grew and grew.
Then Trump became our president–
People wanted something new.
This optimistic poem, which reads like promotional campaign material targeted at children, comes from Scholastic’s Rookie Biography series.
President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern (2017) claims to offer young readers an informative, accurate, and unbiased narrative about the 45th U.S. president; however, as the poem above illustrates, it falls far short of that mark.
President Donald Trump is anything but neutral. The book outlines Trump’s personal and professional life with a celebratory tone. It omits facts, glosses over context, and ignores opposing perspectives.
Our concern with the text is not the accuracy of the statements and events included, but rather with the extensive omissions that undermine a truthful, nuanced, and informative account. These partial truths construct a false narrative. Scrubbing away any trace of complexity or nuance from an account about an elected official stunts the quintessential democratic freedom and responsibility of questioning and critiquing those in positions of power. We find this book to be dangerous from a democratic standpoint.
Now it is not that unusual for children’s’ books about American presidents to exaggerate achievements and omit controversy.
After all, do we really believe that Abraham Lincoln could NOT tell a lie?
Or that George Washington cut down a cherry tree and skipped a silver dollar across the Potomac River?
Of course not.
However Donald Trump is not a figure from history, but the current leader of this country, and as such, he needs to be revealed for what he truly is, and not what his apologists and paid spokespeople would have us believe.
Donald Trump came to prominence by attacking the first black man elected President, as a non-citizen, and using fear of immigrants to fan the fires of racism and xenophobia.
As president Donald Trump has attacked our allies while expressing sympathy for dictators and has openly taken direction from Vladimir Putin, the man who worked tirelessly to put him into office in the first place.
Donald Trump is also being sued by multiple plaintiffs, including a porn star, a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her, and the Attorney general of New York.
THAT is who Donald Trump is, and every American child deserves to know that.