When it comes to bashing President Trump, those on the left know no bounds, even when it means setting aside common sense and decency. Oh, and in the case of a Massachusetts librarian, it means coming across as a hypocrite and a complete fool… all in the name of Dr. Seuss.
As reported by MassLive.com, the “librarian of a Massachusetts elementary school has criticized First Lady Melania Trump’s chosen reading material.”
Cambridgeport Elementary School in Cambridge was chosen to receive a donation of 10 copies of Dr. Seuss books from the White House in celebration of National Read a Book Day. One school was chosen in each 50 states.
“We will not be keeping the titles for our collection,” Liz Phipps Soeiro, the school librarian, wrote in an open letter to the first lady.
She first thanked Trump, but went on to explain her disapproval in her choice.
Soeiro wrote of the need for professionally staffed school libraries, robust funding of public education, the achievement gap — particularly among students of color — school privatization and other key issues in public education.
She went on to call Dr. Seuss “racist” and “cliche.”
“You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliche, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature,” Soeiro wrote on Horn Book’s Family Reading blog. “Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.”
Oh really? So, this librarian pulls out the race card in order to attack Melania Trump. There’s just one problem. It turns out Phipps was not so averse to Dr. Seuss when the Trump’s weren’t involved. Soeiro was more than happy to become “The Cat in The Hat” at her school.
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As Fox News reports Soeiro “was previously photographed dressed as the Cat in the Hat and holding a ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ themed breakfast.”
At least other school officials appeared to realize that the librarian’s political motivations “trumped” those of the needs of the school or the kind gesture of Melania Trump.
The school acknowledged the rather obvious political symbolism of Soiero gesture in a critical official response.
“The employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district,” the statement read. “We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes.”
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