A just-released video shows a high school teacher forcing students to leave her class until they remove t-shirts bearing President Donald Trump’s name and the phrase “Make America Great Again.” In the video, she compares the wearing of the shirts to wearing a Nazi swastika to class.
The video, exclusively obtained by Turning Point USA, reportedly shows Lyn Orletsky, a math teacher at River Ridge High School in Canton, Georgia, banning the MAGA shirt from her class after she sees a couple of students wearing it.
She tells the students to turn the shirts inside out so the slogan cannot be seen. She claims that they cannot wear a MAGA shirt to class for the same reason “you cannot wear a swastika to school.” The incident reportedly happened Thursday and was recorded by another student in the class.
Turning Point correctly puts the teacher’s comments into a greater moral context, especially over something as trivial as a MAGA shirt.
To liken a democratically elected president to a genocidal regime is not only perversely incorrect, but indicative of a greater cultural trend.
The media has drawn too many comparisons between President Trump and Nazis to the point that a teacher at a high school feels compelled to order her students to not wear their Trump shirts.
The Nazis were a brutal regime that killed millions of Jews. To compare Trump to the Nazis is horrible. They orchestrated one of the largest and most horrifying genocides in human history. The holocaust was one of humanities lowest points.
No responsible authority figure should liken a Trump shirt to a swastika. The difference is as vast as that of great good and extreme evil.
Teachers in positions of authority have an obligation to encourage dialogue and common sense thinking. Criticism of candidates is permissible, but to use the stigma of the Nazis in such a way is not only morally bankrupt, it is harmful to our society.
Here is the video.