President Donald Trump will soon sign an executive order to launch a national commission promoting patriotic education.
The president plans to call the initiative the 1776 Commission. Trump made the announcement during a Thursday address at the National Archives Museum in Washington.
“Patriotic moms and dads are going to demand that their children are no longer fed hateful lies about this country,” Trump said, according to footage from C-SPAN. “American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture in our work or the repression of traditional faith, culture and values in the public square.”
Trump also spoke out against identity politics in the speech. He recognized historical scholars in the audience by name and asked them to stand up. And he referred to the New York Times’s 1619 Project as “toxic propaganda” that will “destroy our country.”
Thursday marked the 233rdanniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. While making public comments this August, Trump advocated a shared national identity and American exceptionalism. He blamed the riots in Portland and elsewhere on “left-wing indoctrination” in schools.
“On this very day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia,” Trump said Thursday, according to a video posted by BizPac Review. “It was the fulfillment of a thousand years of Western civilization. Our Constitution was the product of centuries of tradition, wisdom and experience. No political document has done more to advance the human condition or propel the engine of progress.”
Meanwhile, the new commission drew critical editorials from some quarters. The libertarian Reason magazine called the move “executive overreach.” Further, National Public Radio called it “a largely political move.”