High School History Textbook Questions Trump’s Mental Health

The upcoming textbook “By The People” suggests that Trump’s supporters were motivated by racism.

I can remember many years ago in my 9th grade economics class encountering a left-wing agenda-driven teacher for the first time. Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s comments about Reagan and about capitalism were so obvious that we would talk outside of class about how she must be a Communist. Her class was so bad that none of us registered for one of her classes again.

It used to be that only the most cynical people wondered about the indoctrination that our kids receive in public schools, but we see increasing evidence that it’s not just teachers’ unions who want to ensure that the next generation is overwhelmingly liberal. Textbook publishers are also getting in on the action.

Witness the forthcoming advanced placement high school history textbook By The People from Pearson Publishing. An Indianapolis radio show host who goes by the “Alex on Air” on Twitter pointed out what this 2019 textbook has to say about the 2016 election.

We’re talking about a textbook that questions the mental fitness of an American president – and assigns nefarious motives to his voters. Here’s a sampling of what By The People wants to feed to our high school kids:

Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for the people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America–a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group. Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history. They also worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.

And there’s more:

Whatever people’s opinions, on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the forty-fifth president of the United States. The inner circle of his advisors seemed to represent a mix of some deeply ideological conservatives, traditional politicians, and his family. His cabinet nominees were mostly highly successful business leaders who had made their fortunes and were now joining the team of another unusually successful businessman. They were largely white males, more so than any presidential cabinet since Ronald Reagan.

The textbook also paints a white-people-are-racists narrative when talking about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and says this about the Obama presidency: “Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust.”

No wonder people are opting for private schools and homeschooling. When we can’t trust textbooks to teach our kids the facts, what’s the point at all?

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A prime example of what many of us have known for years and many others, especially those with school-age children, should learn. Our public education system is more about indoctrination than it is about education. History is not a study or fiction or opinion; it is about facts. We should demand, starting with the local school board, that indoctrination to political thought should be removed from the classroom. Leave the philosophy classes for the university when the student is of an age, hopefully, to sort out ideology based teaching from factual based teaching.


A history book is supposed to be a narrative of past events, with their causes and effects—no more, no less.

In the passages cited, this book ascribes assumed biases and ulterior motives to the actions of the participants, juxtaposing a conjectured unsuitability and narrow vision of Trump—and, by extension, of those who voted for him—against the promise of a shining, diverse path envisioned by Obama.

If it leaned any more to the left it would have to walk with a cane.


I agree that the selected quotes do not indicate what this piece says it does. Please try again with some critical thinking which is what the schools are supposed to teach. What exactly is untrue about either Clinton or Trump supporters? Most of his supporters were white, Trump said he preferred rich people and hired almost all rich, white men for his administration and he did and they span the breadth of ideological conservatives, traditional politicians and his family - broad mix. Many, if not most of Hillary's supporters looked more like a cross-section of America with respect to race just like the Obama coalition. They saw rage and anti-immigrant sentiment on the Trump side and Hillary herself called Trump's base "deplorables" - a big mistake on her part. They felt much like the Never Trumper's with respect Trump's character. There are lots of studies that show a spike in people accessing the internet to search and look for racist sites and googling words like "nigger" both during this campaign and the last when Obama was elected - the technology tells you exactly where the searches occur and unfortunately, they were in so-called "red" states - the heart of Trump country. Those are the uncomfortable facts for the GOP but obviously everyone who voted for Trump is not a racist since some had voted for Obama.


The hypocrisy of books that foment and promote racism while piously posturing as merely identifying it is disgusting, but that is what these books are doing.