President Donald Trump isn’t letting Joe Biden’s Electoral College win stop him from pursuing his pro-America agenda for as long as he can.
On Friday, Trump officially named the “great Americans” who he will appoint to the 1776 Commission, a newly formed group that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said will work to “help ensure that every American child learns that they live in the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
According to Politico, Trump intends to appoint Hillsdale College’s Larry Arnn to chair the commission, and dean of the school’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government Matthew Spalding will serve as the commission’s executive director, reportedly taking a leave of absence from Hillsdale to do so.
“The 1776 Committee was formed to advise the President about the core principles of the American founding and how to protect those principles by promoting patriotic education,” Spalding said of the group, according to Politico. “The path to a renewed and confident national unity is through a rediscovery of our shared identity rooted in those principles.”
Countering 1619 Project propaganda
Other members of the group will reportedly include Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), Silicon Valley CEO and Trump fundraiser Scott McNealy, Trump domestic policy adviser Brooke Rollins, and Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez, Politico reported.
The commission was formed last month as Trump’s way to counter The New York Times‘ 1619 Project, which attempts to tell the story of American history by focusing on slavery and highlighting contributions of Black Americans. The widely popular series in the Times has now become a podcast and a public school curriculum.
If that’s all the 1619 Project did, no one would have a problem with it — but many historians have argued that fundamental tenets of the project are inaccurate, such as the claim that the primary reason America broke from England was to preserve slavery.
Doomed from the start?
The idea of teaching schoolchildren a flawed and inaccurate history of their country — one that would make them ashamed of it rather than proud — is something that apparently angers Trump.
“As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary of glorious Independence, many of America’s school children are tragically being taught to hate our founding, hate our history, and hate our country. This must stop,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in her statement announcing the commission appointments.
“We want our children to become patriots who love their country,” she said.
McEnany added: “The 1776 Commission will share the story of our nation’s miraculous founding, proclaim the self-evident truths contained in the Declaration of Independence, and explain how these founding principles have helped our people overcome great national challenges throughout our history — and how these principles can guide us to a great American future.”
It remains uncertain how much the commission will be able to accomplish if Trump is unable to prevent Joe Biden from taking office on Jan. 20. In the meantime, however, it’s clear that Trump is not going to stop fighting to make the America that he loves great for every generation to come.