Former US President Donald Trump has called for the abolition of the Department of Education over the dispute over sex education in schools. "We should abolish the Department of Education," Trump said at a conference of right-wing conservatives in Dallas, Texas. The audience then erupted in cheers. There must be strict bans on the teaching of "inappropriate" content to school children across the country. "No teacher should be allowed to teach our children about transgender issues without parental consent," Trump said.
Just a few weeks ago, Trump's then Minister of Education made a similar statement. The Department of Education shouldn't exist, Betsy Devos had said. During her time in government, the billionaire entrepreneur from Michigan had worked primarily to reduce the influence of the department as much as possible.
Republicans have recently restricted the rights of the LGBTQI community in numerous states. The English abbreviation stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people, queer and intersex people. A much-criticized Florida school law bans the subject of "sexual orientation or gender identity" from kindergarten through third grade and restricts it for older students.
As in the past, Trump spoke as the keynote speaker at the "Conservative Political Action Conference". It's sort of a melting pot for Trump supporters, the religious right, and conspiracy theorists. In his two-hour speech in front of around 1,000 people, Trump repeated well-known things. He received the most applause on topics such as education, migration or when he repeated his lie about electoral fraud. Trump again flirted with running again in the 2024 presidential election – but did not announce his candidacy.