Earlier this week, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten praised a new collaboration with Newsguard to help students across the country identify misinformation. It’s ironic, then, that Weingarten, who assured us her union had been trying to open schools since April of 2020, is posting this about masks. We’re old enough to remember when teachers were writing their own obituaries because they were afraid that they were going to catch COVID-19 from their students, who were at little risk because of their age.
Now Weingarten is telling us that masks are one of the best tools we have to keep kids safe, even though CNN’s medical analyst recently called the cloth masks that kids have been wearing for 18 months “little more than facial decoration.” No, kids are supposed to be wearing N95 masks throughout the school day, every day.
We all want to be done with this pandemic. I get it. But masks are one of the best tools we have to keep people safe – especially kids who are too young to get vaccinated. https://t.co/36m0EmJKg4
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) January 27, 2022
You’ll note that all of the replies are quote tweets because as with her previous post, she shut down comments.
— LCPS Can Do Better (@LCPSDoBetter) January 27, 2022
Nothing after the “but” is based is science. Not a word. https://t.co/cPmWRV92qp
— Stacey – Gen X – The Sleeper Generation (@ScotsFyre) January 27, 2022
No, masks are not one of the best tools. Just what do you stand to gain from masking children? There is nothing scientific to back you up on this https://t.co/YxEf42Zxae
— Jlisa, Smoke em' if ya got em' (@Jlisa42067) January 27, 2022
People say things like this and meanwhile, mask mandates have a 0% success rate at stopping or even significantly slowing down the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. There is literally no state or locality anyone can point to where masks worked. https://t.co/WpkM5xkIGt
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) January 27, 2022
Literally, no other industrialized country is masking kids all day long but for some reason, not a Dr or a parent Randi, believes our kids should be muzzled. https://t.co/aooCfT84DK
— Just Mindy 🐊 🍊 (@just_mindy) January 27, 2022
Is the rest of the world just too stupid to use these amazing "tools" and mask kids under 5 or do you just hate children? https://t.co/eJwWmcrj59
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) January 27, 2022
This idiot can't point to a single instance where masks helped lower case count anywhere..in the world. https://t.co/UfSrHzKQlb
— CN (@BullBearBattle) January 27, 2022
— Just Another American 🍊 (@mmahathy) January 27, 2022
There’s New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who mandated masks for children age 2 and up at licensed daycare centers, not wearing a mask.
But they’re really not. How do you lie with such ease? https://t.co/DuTLnPB2ib
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) January 27, 2022
— Lord “The Science™️” Kramdar 😀 (@Precliner) January 27, 2022
No Randi, masks are not one of the best tools we have to keep people safe. Masks are literally the most restrictive means of mitigation and the harms that masking causes children far outweigh any perceived benefit. Stop the make believe. #UNMASKOURCHILDREN https://t.co/jpiuvmjpP1 https://t.co/aYK6UJf5w0
— Moms for Liberty (@Moms4Liberty) January 27, 2022
Prove it! Prove to me without a shadow of a doubt, that masks on kids prevent anything except learning. https://t.co/yvSPWN8cMQ
— Mary (@mlh247) January 27, 2022
Masks do not stop respiratory viruses.
This is a dangerous, foolish message that you keep advancing.
Please stop. https://t.co/1Bl4JD5RBf
— Emma Woodhouse 😁 (@EWoodhouse7) January 27, 2022
Not a desperate cult panicking at losing their method of coercion, intimidation, and imagined relevance. We see them & we're done. Enough already. https://t.co/DIBrWFSZSm
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 27, 2022
I can go to a bar and drink for hours without a mask on while 6-year-olds have to wear a mask for 8 hours a day, some aren’t even allowed to sing or talk to their friends during lunch or take their mask off for speech therapy so when exactly does this end for kids? https://t.co/SqaH6wr0zQ
— Eric (@The_OtherET) January 27, 2022
Do no harm. This woman is vile. https://t.co/zBdYV357jF
— Heidi Pyke (@nikonchick) January 27, 2022
This is not science. Randi Weingarten supports child abuse.
Our schools are engaging in performative theater for neurotic liberals.
It must end. https://t.co/7CXtte39er
— Michael Duncan (@MichaelDuncan) January 27, 2022
I truly believe she has done more harm to kids than COVID ever will. https://t.co/769YpqsRAZ
— Brad (@mottled_paws) January 27, 2022
Masks do nothing and even the CDC admits as much now. Your members need to go back to doing their jobs or get new ones https://t.co/kwEKcYc1wd
— Dr. Ludicrous Hilarious 🇺🇸🇱🇨🇮🇱✝️🏴☠️ (@LudicrousHilar1) January 27, 2022
Hey Randi do you care to comment about all these schools that don’t have masks currently? Why are you for something that is only happening in a few states? https://t.co/8wQok6NWls pic.twitter.com/IpKv7beVme
— Rusty “Try and lower your expectations.” Kuhl (@HumphreyPT) January 27, 2022
— Dave Bodine (@BodineDave) January 27, 2022
ⓘ 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 https://t.co/bDXXpwTlMC
— Mike (@DontStatistOnMe) January 27, 2022
You are the plague. You should be charged with child endangerment https://t.co/Bs4sx0IMwW
— Larry Wilf (@larry_wilf) January 27, 2022
Ratio Randi finally learned how to turn off replies https://t.co/CZZ0kxeFcr
— Clifton Duncan Is On Team Reality. (@cliftonaduncan) January 27, 2022
Ratio Randi … we’re stealing that.
Turn on the replies you vile witch https://t.co/XRaxi1Zefy
— King Matt (@FoosRohYeet) January 27, 2022
What kids in a K-12 class are ineligible to be vaccinated? This is just a misinformation artist trying to find another place the move the goalposts. https://t.co/IYgIknfnec
— J. Volushin (@OHcs2021) January 27, 2022
If it's one of the best tools, ten there really are no good tools.
And why'd you turn off replies for this tweet you coward? https://t.co/gEEPt9a7Y4
— Heimish Conservative (@HeimishCon) January 27, 2022
It’s almost like you’re being stupid on purpose now. https://t.co/hne7Rj2owo
— cigarmike (@cigarmike) January 27, 2022
— Bʀʏᴄᴇ Lʏɴᴄʜ (@BLynch_23) January 27, 2022
Randi doesn't believe in science. Or evidence. Or truth.
At least she's consistent. https://t.co/94CHFneXSu
— Erika Sanzi (@esanzi) January 27, 2022
Just admit it Randi, you are loving the newest negotiation tool. https://t.co/izQNgAS6fi
— Rhyen Staley (@DunedainRanger9) January 27, 2022
Nobody can cook up a ratio on Twitter like Weingarten. We skipped over the tweets saying she should be jailed or flogged — these were the polite replies.
LIAR: Randi Weingarten claiming parents LOVE the steps they’ve taken to create ‘safe learning environments’ then DISABLING replies does NOT go well https://t.co/dDv9yEZ4Z6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 9, 2022