On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump responded to the Massachusetts elementary school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, who rejected donated books — including Dr. Seuss books she deemed “racist propaganda” — from the First Lady’s office to the students in honor of National Reading Day.
Soeiro was appalled by the donation from the first lady and took it upon herself to reject the charitable offering, along with a nasty letter reprimanding Mrs. Trump. According to Soeiro, superior Cambridge students don’t “NEED” the donated books dripping in “racist propaganda”; they should go to an “underfunded and underprivileged” community.
In a statement to Fox News, Stephanie Grisham, the director of communications for Melania’s office, called Soeiro’s words and actions “unfortunate” and “divisive.”
“[Melania] has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example,” said Grisham. “To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere.”
In honor of National Reading Day, Melania donated classic books, such as Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, to one school from each state.
“I wanted to send you a special gift. Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a book my son and I have read over and over again, and one that we want to share with all of you,” wrote Melania in a letter sent along with the book donation. “Please also remember that you are the future of America and that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”
Soeiro lost her mind and turned the donation into a chance to make a left-wing political statement. The librarian penned a letter to the FLOTUS rejecting the books and casting criticism on the White House and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,'” wrote the librarian. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”
“Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” she continued. “Secretary DeVos would do well to scaffold and lift schools instead of punishing them with closures and slashed budgets.”
Soeiro went on to trash the Dr. Seuss books as littered with “racist mockery” and illustrations boasting “minstrel characteristics.”
But the school district was not on board with Soeiro’s political outburst, issuing a statement condemning her actions. Soeiro “was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district,” said a district spokesperson.
Again, this little act of “resistance” was purely partisan and petty nonsense. As noted by Fox News: “Former first lady Michelle Obama also read Dr. Seuss books to children a number of times during the previous administration, without controversy.”