It’s not very often that someone earns a look from Megyn Kelly that asks, “How [email protected]#$ing stupid are you?”
Julie Williams, the framer of the right-wing attempt to pervert Jefferson County, Colorado students’ education by revising and censoring AP US History classes, appeared on FOX News (where else?) to defend her attempt to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and to discourage “civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”
Williams and her two conservative cohorts on the school board, over the protests of thousands of students and hundreds of teachers, passed the controversial proposal with small modifications — a token inclusion of parents, students and administrators — in a 3-2 vote on Thursday that prompted parents and others present to demand the three resign so they can no longer harm the Denver area’s children.
Williams has previously cited the Texas Board of Education, which is known for its attempts to censor and revise US history to follow conservative talking points, as evidence that her idea isn’t the dumbest [email protected]#$ing thing since Bubble Guppies.
“When it comes to history I believe all children graduating from an American school should know 3 things,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “American Exceptionalism, an understanding of US History, and know the Constitution.” Her suggestion makes sense: To most conservatives, knowing three things is a feat of intellectual prowess.
Supporters of the measure have spoken out vehemently in favor of the attempts to change US History. After all, why aren’t our children being taught that the United States ended slavery voluntarily, wondered Colorado State Board of Education member Pam Reilley Manzanec. Manzanec says that the AP US History test too often portrays “the negative viewpoint as the answer.”
“As an example, I note our slavery history,” she wrote to a woman who teaches AP U.S history in a discussion thread on Facebook. “Yes, we practiced slavery. But we also ended it voluntarily, at great sacrifice, while the practice continues in many countries still today!”
“Shouldn’t our students be provided that viewpoint? This is part of the argument that America is exceptional. Does our APUSH (AP U.S. History) framework support or denigrate that position?”
On FOX News Friday, Julie Williams told Megyn Kelly that she wants to make changes because “Many of our foundational fathers are excluded.”
Kelly asked Williams which founding (or “foundational”) fathers were missing from educational materials — to which Williams responded, “Uh, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr…”
Kelly asked why they don’t want to teach about these figures who have traditionally been staples of American History classes, attempting to help push this ridiculous narrative.
“I…well…you know, since the it is a brand new curriculum and the framework is new, this year is the first year our students will be taking the brand new test and, um, I’m not sure why they left those out,” she said. “Maybe it was because they needed to have more room to add the Black Panthers, and other interested, um, organizations.”
“Is that what’s been done?” Kelly asked.
“Yes.” Williams lied.
Williams objects to the whopping 26 mentions of slavery in the materials, and a line regarding the United States’ decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan that reads, “It makes one question the values of America.”
Watch Williams fiercely struggle not to look like a complete loon, below: