Fox News host challenges Sarah Huckabee Sanders as she defends first moves as governor
Newly-sworn-in Republican Governor of Arkansas Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending her decision to kick off her time in office by banning the teaching of CRT in schools, the use of the term “Latinx” in government, and dismantling five committees created by her GOP predecessor to advise on managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Huckabee Sanders, who has never held public elected office before, and has no experience managing a large bureaucracy, is taking over a state that has the sixth-highest per-capita COVID death rate and the fifteenth-highest per-capita COVID case rate. Arkansas is ranked 49th in health care and 41st in education, according to U.S. News & World Report.
“It’s incredibly important that we do things to protect the students in our state,” Governor Huckabee Sanders told Fox News’ Shannon Bream, defending her ban on CRT, which is not taught in Arkansas public schools. “We have to make sure that we are not indoctrinating our kids and that these policies and these ideas never see the light of day, we should never teach our kids to hate America or that America is a racist and evil country. In fact, it should be the exact opposite.”
“Our job is to protect the students,” she continued. “And we’re gonna take steps every single day to make sure we do exactly that. And that’s the reason I signed the executive order. I’m proud of the fact that we’re taking those steps and we’re going to continue to do it every single day that I’m in office.”
During her inaugural address last week Huckabee Sanders promised, “As long as I am governor, our schools will focus on the skills our children need to get ahead in the modern world, not brainwashing our children with a left-wing political agenda.”
The former Trump White House press secretary told Fox News Sunday she also wants to eliminate the state income tax while rolling out what she called a “huge education reform package.”
“We’re going to do the largest most aggressive conservative education reform package here in the next legislative session in Arkansas,” she pledged.
The Fox News host pressed the new governor on prioritizing the elimination of the term “Latinx” in government. Huckabee Sanders defended the move, declaring, “Our focus is again making sure we’re protecting our our citizens by not using culturally insensitive language. During the course of the transition we saw multiple instances of this term being used and individuals actually on payroll with this term, and we want to make sure that we are focused on empowering our citizens, only three percent of Hispanics actually use that term and many find it offensive.”
Huckabee Sanders tweeted a clip of her Fox News interview and declared, “I am proud to have signed an executive order prohibiting leftist indoctrination and CRT in the classroom.”
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