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Michael Bloomberg: Pres. Biden needs to ‘stand up’ to teachers unions

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to “stand up” to teachers unions, as states and cities across the country try to move toward reopening schools while many teachers refuse to teach in person until they start receiving vaccines in large numbers.

“It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and to say, the kids are the most important things, important players here,” Bloomberg said in a Wednesday interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “And the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up and provide an education.”

“What we’re doing to poor kids is a disgrace,” the billionaire philanthropist also said. “These poor kids are not in school, they will never recover from this—and they had a bad education experience anyways. We have not had good schools for poor kids and this now is just so much worse.”

“Teachers say, ‘Well, I don’t want to go back because it’s dangerous,’” he added. “We have a lot of city and state and federal employees who run risks, that’s part of the job. You run risks to help America, to help your state, to help your city, to help your family and there’s just no reason not to have the schools open.”

Further, the former 2020 Democratic candidate for president blasted virtual schooling, calling it “a joke—worse than a joke.”

“Poor people don’t have iPads, they don’t have WiFi, they don’t have somebody at home to sit during the day and force the child to pay attention and without that, the virtual learning just does not exist,” he said.

“The president has to stand up to the unions,” Bloomberg added.

On Wednesday the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told reporters that there “is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated.”

RELATED: CDC Director: Vaccinating teachers ‘not a prerequisite’ for safely reopening schools

Last week, Bloomberg wrote an opinion piece for Bloomberg Opinion citing CDC data that found a scant spread of COVID-19 within schools and said that data “should send a clear message to governors, mayors and teachers union leaders: It’s time to open the schools.”

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Trump has chosen his 2024 running mate but hasn’t told them yet

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During a campaign stop on Saturday, former president Donald Trump announced he has chosen his running mate for Vice President; but they are unaware they have been picked by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

They will know soon, as the vice-presidential choice will be attending the debate between Trump and President Joe Biden set to take place next week, Trump said.

The first presidential debate between Trump and Biden will air on CNN in primetime for 90 minutes. Trump will be hoping Joe Biden’s age and apparent mental decline will be on display for a national audience.

National Review writes of the VP rumors thus far for the Republican ticket:

North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, Florida senator Marco Rubio, South Carolina senator Tim Scott, and Ohio senator J. D. Vance are names that have come up repeatedly in news reports detailing Trump’s vice-presidential selection process.

Burgum emerged as a vice-presidential option after running a long-shot GOP presidential campaign and becoming a surrogate for Trump upon dropping outof the 2024 primary.

“He’s very well regarded within the Trump circle,” a senior official in Trump’s orbit previously told NR regarding Burgum’s VP chances. He was one of many contenders slated to attend the Republican National Committee’s annual donor retreat in May.

National Review adds Rubio’s prospects of being Trump’s running mate are complicated by the Twelfth Amendment’s language preventing a presidential and vice-presidential candidate from having the same state of residence. Trump changed his official residency to Florida during his presidential term.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, Florida representative Byron Donalds, and New York representative Elise Stefanik are other Republicans who have been floated as potential VP selections.

Noem’s vice-presidential chances diminished significantly because of a story she told in her new memoir about killing her dog two decades ago, drawing outrage and bewilderment from across the political spectrum.

Stefanik and Donalds are two of Trump’s most prominent supporters among House Republicans.

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