Kirsters Baish| This year’s National Teacher of the Year winner, Mandy Manning, met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday during a White House ceremony in which she received her award. When President Trump made his way into the room, the crowd erupted in applause out of respect. There was, however, one person who was not clapping. Manning stood silently in protest of President Trump.
Take a look at the video of Trump’s speech and Manning’s acceptance of the award below:
There is something important in the video that may be hard to see unless you zoom in. Manning’s protest didn’t stop at her lack of applause, however. When the image of the award winner is zoomed in on, you can clearly see six political pins. The Guardian reported that there were six pins on her dress that sent a very clear political message. One of the pins was a Women’s March poster. Another pins said “Trans Equality Now,” and there was also one in the shape of an apple in a rainbow print.
Towards the later half of the award ceremony, President Trump tried to shake Manning’s hand. She refused his gesture. She also delivered a letter to our Commander and Chief that was written by immigrants and refugees that she teaches. Needless to say, the letter was not fan mail.
“My goal is to share my student’s stories,” she stated to CNN. “But to send a message, to not only immigrants and refugee students but the LGBT community, that they are wanted, they are loved, they are enough and they matter.”
Even though President Trump and Mandy Manning don’t see eye-to-eye, Trump commended the liberal teacher’s job performance and her “incredible devotion” to her work.
“Teachers like Mandy play a vital role in the well-being of our children, the strength of our communities and the success of our nation,” he exclaimed.
It’s great to see President Trump taking the high road, even when Manning chose not to.