PolitiFact Says Clinton’s Claims About the ‘Trump Effect’ of Bullying in Schools Are Mostly True
Hillary Clinton has been attacking Donald Trump all week for hiring people who are considered by some to be racists. She’s been hitting him for catering to the alt-right and for promoting messages of intolerance and even cruelty. One of the things she said about him was that there has been a “Trump effect” in schools that involves more and more reported instances of bullying. Supposedly, children hear his divisive messages, go to school, and pick on kids who aren’t like them.
Is that true?
PolitiFact actually says that for the most part, it is!
Clinton, citing ‘Trump Effect,’ says teachers are reporting more bullying in schools. Mostly True. https://t.co/TXlB3Fp1ZL
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) August 26, 2016
Essentially, it boils down to this: The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report in April that used anecdotal evidence from teachers to support the idea of the Trump Effect. That was not a scientific survey (nor did it claim to be), but because Clinton’s quote was, “Parents and teachers are already worrying about what they call the ‘Trump Effect.’ They report that bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants,” she was right. The anecdotal reports are exactly what she was talking about.
The message is in line with one of the ads she released earlier this summer, too, which depicted kids watching televisions as some of Trump’s most shocking quotes played. After announcing, “Our children are watching,” it asked, “What example will we set for them?”
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