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‘America’s Never Been Great’: Student Records Teacher’s Anti-Trump Rant

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Josie Orihuela, a middle school student, recorded audio from her classroom where her teacher took issue with President Donald Trump and his “Make American Great Again” slogan. Orihuela shared the recording during an interview with Abby Huntsman on the show Fox & Friends, including her teacher saying, “When it comes to minorities, America has never been great.”

Orihuela is a sixth-grade student at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, Georgia. Her social studies teacher, Johnetta Benton, began ranting about the president during her class.

“When my president says, ‘Let’s Make America Great Again,’ what was he talking about?” Benton can be heard asking on the recording. She continues, “He must be talking about when it was great for Europeans.”

“Because,” Benton adds, “when it comes to minorities, America has never been great for minorities.”

According to a report by Fox News, the teacher continued to speak on the issue for approximately 15 minutes.

“It kept getting worse and worse,” said Orihuela.

Benton also stated, “When I examine history, I can’t remember a time when it was great for anybody other than Europeans.”

A student then said, “He’s probably talking about the point before all of the illegal immigrants were killing Americans.”

Benton replied, “Every person sitting in this room is an immigrant. Every one of you. So, when you say immigrants are killing people, you are talking about yourselves.”

While it wasn’t captured on the audio recording, according to Orihuela, Benton stated that “Make America Great Again” could be an attempt “to bring back segregation.”

However, Benton was recorded as saying, “Maybe he’s talking about it was great during segregation in the 60s. Maybe he’s talking about the 70s when we had the Black Panther movement because people were still not being treated equally. Maybe he’s talking about the 90s when we had police officers beating Rodney King in the street.”

“Now we’re in the 2000s, and we’re still having the same issues.”

Orihuela said she shared the recording with her mother, who was shocked about what Benton had to say.

J.D. Hardin, a spokesperson for the Henry County School District, said the incident was “extremely unfortunate” and that the “matter was addressed” once the audio went public.

The incident occurred at the same middle school where a different teacher asked seventh-grade students to write letters to Congress “to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States.”