President Trump said he will direct the Treasury Department to look into the tax-exempt status of universities and school systems if they are pushing “radical Left” ideas on their students.
“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”
Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
Universities in particular have become epicenters of protest activity that has largely been aimed against the Trump administration and its allies. Efforts to “cancel” or interrupt controversial speakers have become the norm as well as adding public pressure on leadership to comply with demands that meet students’ standards of inclusivity and personal needs.
Conservatives have long claimed that academia has been pushed to the left, and that trend has accelerated following the highly polarizing election of 2016. Trump and his conservative allies have accused universities of suppressing free speech toward students, staff, and visitors who don’t comply with left-wing ideology.
Trump issued an executive order last year to make federal funding for universities contingent on the assurance of free speech.
Pundits have also seen a crossroads in the events over the past few months spurring “cancel culture” at large to the events that have infiltrated many college campuses. Leaders at top institutions have resigned, been fired, or pushed out over having an inadequate or “wrong” response to the Black Lives Matter movement that spiraled after George Floyd’s death on May 25 in police custody. Protests have called for an end to racial injustice and police brutality, and they have broadened into pushing for a national reckoning of the country’s historical issues with race.