“What I really think needs to be talked about is that no one is mentioning this is Jimmy Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters. They used to be truck drivers and pipefitters. Now he’s representing public school teachers? Kindergarten teachers? Cafeteria workers? Fighting for every last bit of their government pension? What a pathetic downfall!”
Coulter continued: “And how about a little of this tough talk back when the Teamsters supported drilling [for oil] in ANWR? You know: ‘Real jobs for real men’ — as opposed to kindergarten teachers. And how about fighting for nuclear power plants being installed? He’s not even representing men who have actual jobs. He’s representing a bunch of useless public sector workers.”
Co-host Gretchen Carlson then gave Coulter a chance to walk her comments back, saying “I don’t want to say that teachers are useless.”
“No?” Coulter shot back. “I will. They are government workers. Let’s turn it over to private [schools], to vouchers, to charter schools. No, they fight for every last dime. They get summers off. They’re off at two [o'clock] and they make more money than most of those pipefitters who no longer have jobs.”
Here’s the video:
As a person who has taught in many a classroom, I personally take offense at Coulter’s remarks. Teachers work damn hard throughout the year to educate hundreds of children five days a week. I know from experience that kindergarten teachers have perhaps the toughest teaching jobs in the school system. They are basically acting as parents, babysitters, nurses, and educators throughout the day. Most teachers even work after class is over and develop their skills during the summer by teaching summer school or taking college courses to improve their teaching skills and technique.
For Ann Coulter to stab teachers in the back like this is unacceptable and outrageous. I’m betting Coulter was one of those students who whined throughout the day about having homework, or actually having to listen in class. If one of her former teachers ever reads this, I commend you for your patience.