“Put the bloody teachers in body condoms. I don’t care,” the former aide to President Donald Trump told Michael Knowles, a commentator for the right-wing website The Daily Wire.
“Put them in hazmat suits,” Gorka added. “I don’t care.”
Gorka left the Trump White House in 2017. He remains a staunch advocate for the president and has been tapped for a role on the National Security Education Board.
Despite the raging pandemic, Trump has repeatedly pushed for businesses and schools to reopen in a bid to boost the economy ahead of the 2020 election, tweeting Monday night:
OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020
Public health experts and education unions, however, say funding has to be in place to ensure the safety of students and teachers when in-person education resumes.
In June, Gorka stoked controversy by describing face masks as “Democrat Islamo-Maoist masks.”
“You mean the COVID burqas, the COVID masks?” said Gorka, who has made anti-Islamic remarks on previous occasions, while boasting about not covering his face during a visit to a post office.
Trump refused for months to wear a mask in public and mocked others who did so. He has in recent weeks changed tack, even going so far in a new campaign email to say it was “patriotic” to do so.
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