DONALD Trump vowed to restore "patriotic education" as he slammed schools for "taking away history" by wanting to teach kids about slavery.
Addressing the cheering crowd in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Tuesday, the president slammed schools for wanting to incorporate The New York Times' 1619 Project.
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"The first thing [Democrats] do is they want to take your history away," Trump raged on Tuesday. "That's why the monuments and the statues, they want to knock them down.
"The first thing they do is take away your guts. They take away your statues, they take away your heroes, they take away your great generals, they take away your past."
Trump said he planned to "restore patriotic education to our schools, and we will teach our children to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag."
His comments about The 1619 Project came just a day after he was quizzed about teachers using it to teach slavery in America at a press conference.
"I want everybody to know everything they can about our history," he told reporters on Monday. "I’m not a believer in cancel culture, the good or the bad.
"If you don’t study the bad, it could happen again. So I do want that subject studied very, very carefully and very accurately.
"But we grew up with a certain history, and now they’re trying to change our history – revisionist history. That’s why they want to take down our monuments. That’s why they want to take down our statues."
Since the police custody death of George Floyd on May 25 – a 46-year-old black man, who died as Minneapolis cops arrested him for using a counterfeit $20 note – Black Lives Matter activists have been tearing down Confederate statues.
On Sunday, Trump retweeted claims that the Times project would be used in the school curriculum.
"Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!" he wrote, two days after banning federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to "white privilege" and "critical race theory."
He's also been highly critical of the widespread BLM protests in major US cities and slammed the movement.
"You can vote for a candidate backed by violent left-wing rioters if you have to or vote for a candidate backed by selfless law enforcement heroes," he declared during Tuesday's rally.
He also issued a stinging attack on his presidential rival Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, saying it would be "an insult to the country" if Harris was the first female POTUS.
Trump claimed that Biden intended on stoking the fires of a culture war and wanted to rewrite United States' history as the November election looms.
"Biden's plan is to appease the domestic terrorists," he continued. "My plan is to arrest them.
"You had a president who apologized for America. Now you have a president who stands up for America."
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