President Donald Trump has doubled down on his belief that gifted children can attend privately run public schools in his inaugural address.
Trump said that “children of very talented parents” could attend public schools if they “would work hard, and they would earn their way.”
He also said that students who are “really smart” should be able to attend a private school.
“We have a special place in this nation for the children of such talented parents,” Trump said.
“I know this from my own personal experience.
I have two beautiful, talented children, two beautiful girls, that I have with my wife, Melania.
They are both smart, and their father, Mr. Trump, is a very talented man, a very accomplished man, who worked very hard.
And he was able to get them into a beautiful private school where they have had an amazing, outstanding education.”
While Trump may have been exaggerating the importance of the gifted child, it’s a sentiment that was echoed by many other Republicans during their 2016 campaign.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he personally believed that children of gifted parents should be allowed to attend private school if they were “really good,” and he called for the Obama administration to do the same for children of Hispanic parents.
“It’s a matter of fairness, I think, that people of color and people of African-American parents should have access to the same opportunities,” Biden said.
“I believe, and I’ve been a strong supporter of, you know, making sure that children can be in school,” Biden added.
“We’ve got to make sure that we can get our kids into the best schools.
I believe that we’ve got the right to go into these schools.
It’s just not fair that children, especially children of very smart parents, can’t be able go into them.”