President Joe Biden tries to throw shade at Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla), but he ends up actually endorsing the governor’s ideas. Joe just can’t win for trying.
On Friday, President Biden posted a Washington Post article, “Unfathomable: Florida parents, students blast DeSantis idea to nix APs,” to Twitter. He did it to attack DeSantis and wrote, “I think every kid, in every zip code, in every state should have access to every educational opportunity possible. I guess, for some, that isn’t the consensus view,” Biden’s tweet read.
The story in the Washington Post draws concern about the threat from DeSantis to withdraw Florida from the College Board’s AP course program. The governor blocked the College Board from trialing out a black studies course in the state.
But Biden’s so-called “criticism” was actually seen by Republicans as something they should thank him for. He made a case for school choice policies.
“President Biden, I’ve done more in 5 weeks than you’ve done in 5 decades to give ‘every kid, in every zip code … access to every educational opportunity possible,'” Gov. Sarah Sanders (R-Ark.) said. “I guess, for some, it’s never been about empowering parents or students but protecting a broken government system.”
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tweeted, “Welcome to the #EducationFreedom movement, Mr. President @POTUS @JoeBiden.”
American Federation for Children senior fellow Corey DeAngelis said, “thank you for the accidental endorsement of school choice.”
The Republican account for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions wrote, “sounds like an endorsement of school choice?”
“This is an easy fact check, and no, Biden doesn’t believe this at all,” Real Clear Investigations senior writer Mark Hemingway tweeted.
DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw appeared to joke that DeSantis lives “rent free” in Biden’s head.
Conservative writer Louis Marinelli suggested that Biden fears the Florida governor, “DeSantis is better than you, Biden. That you’re already attacking someone who hasn’t even declared their candidacy speaks volumes about how scared you are of him.”
I think every kid, in every zip code, in every state should have access to every education opportunity possible.
I guess, for some, that isn’t the consensus view. https://t.co/d1FAeWwKv1
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 17, 2023
President Biden, I’ve done more in 5 weeks than you’ve done in 5 decades to give “every kid, in every zip code…access to every education opportunity possible.” I guess, for some, it’s never been about empowering parents or students, but protecting a broken government system. https://t.co/LqsVI9Cr5E
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) February 17, 2023
Sounds like an endorsement of #SchoolChoice? https://t.co/rozXtmM7fy
— HELP Committee GOP (@GOPHELP) February 17, 2023