You’d think someone devoted to education would do her homework before tweeting from the hip.
But apparently, that is not the style of the head of one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, who offered an oopsie when busted for sharing that tweet that lied about books being banned in Florida.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten admitted “my bad” on Sunday when she circulated the false claim that the state had banned some classic books, according to Fox News.
The claim was made by an account called “Freesus Patriot,” whose owner declined to reveal the source of the list. Freesus Patriot just posted “Florida’s Anti-Woke banned book list,” which included titles such as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “Of Mice and Men,” and Huckleberry Finn.”
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Freesus Patriot also reportedly refused to remove the tweet unless Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the books were not “banned in Florida schools & he intends to protect student’s (sic) rights.”
When the tweet first popped up, Weingarten shared it, tweeting, “Books we have taught for generations!!!!”
But then some conservatives pointed out the list was made up.
To which Weingarten replied, “I should have double-checked before I retweeted this list. My bad. Looks like some of the books weren’t banned. Book bans are very real & dangerous.”
Shen then referred people to the left-wing group PEN America for a list of books that are allegedly really banned.
One social media reply to Weingarten came from DeSantis spokesman Jeremy Redfern, who tweeted, “Randi sorta walks it back. That being said, states get to decide what books are included in their curriculum. It’s not up to unions.”