President Trump announced on Thursday that he was creating the "1776 Commission" to promote patriotic education in schools to combat what he said was a Leftist agenda to "rewrite American history."
"Our mission is to defend the legacy of America's founding, the virtue of America's heroes, and the nobility of the American character," Trump said at the White House Conference on American History, which was hosted at the National Archives Museum. "We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world."
Trump cited the New York Times's "1619 Project" as evidence of how the left has "warped, distorted, and defiled the American story."
"[The "1619 Project"] rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth. America's founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the most fair, equal, and prosperous nation in human history," Trump said. "The narratives about America being pushed by the far-left and being chanted in the streets bear a striking resemblance to the anti-American propaganda of our adversaries — because both groups want to see America weakened, derided, and totally diminished."
Trump said the "1776 Commission" will encourage teachers to educate students about the "miracle of American history."
? The commission follows an announcement two weeks ago that the Trump administration would be canceling federal funding that was going toward promoting critical race theory.