SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:
At the National Archives yesterday, standing near the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, President Trump announced he is establishing a commission to restore patriotic education in our schools.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country.
PFEIFFER: In a speech that lasted about a half-hour, Trump argued that American schoolchildren are being taught that the United States is a wicked and racist nation.
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
The president took specific aim at the 1619 Project, a New York Times series that looked at American history in the context of slavery and the