Thursday on Fox Business' Varney & Co., one guest claimed that millennials turn to socialism because “they attended high school,” according to Media Matters.
Host Stuart Varney introduced the segment by saying, “This program is staunchly anti-socialist. I'm personally shocked by the movement's growing popularity among millennials. Look at this, 44 percent of people -- this is a Forbes poll, they say they polled millennials -- 44 percent say they would prefer to live under a socialist system. Utterly astonishing.”
Varney asks his guest, Marion Smith, “Why do 44 percent of millennials think socialism is just a fine place to be?”
Marion Smith answers: “Well I think one thing is that millennials have grown up in a world where the Iron Curtain has already collapsed, the Soviet Union is no more. Another reason is they have attended a high school. I'm a millennial. I'm fortunate that I had a wonderful home-school and private education. But you do see that in high schools. Howard Zinn, a Marxist historian, is the most assigned historian. Karl Marx is the most assigned economist.” He continues, “They're taught a withering critique of the United States and our history.”
Shocked, Varney asks, “Is that serious? If you look at high school curricula -- the history curriculum, that guy, Mr. Zinn, Professor Zinn, he's the most referenced?”
Smith answers, “Well there's definitely -- yes. I mean, that is a book that is assigned to high school students in history courses, and across the board in terms of the curriculum, you have a Marxist interpretation of the United States. So you are taught to hate our own society, perfect -- imperfect though it may. And then many of us arrive in college and the only time we hear Marxism or communism is as an apologia for those ideas, that they've just never been enacted correctly.”
On Wednesday, Sanders called the use of executive authority necessary. She cited data that showed a rise in apprehensions and denials of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. in February.
"If that doesn’t define crisis I don’t know what does, and that’s something that we have to address," she said. "Congress should’ve fixed this problem. That president tried multiple times to get Congress to work with him to address the crisis. They failed to do so, and now the president has to do what is absolutely necessary and what is right and that is to declare a national emergency and fix the crisis at the border."