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Donald Trump's school chief funds calls to revive child labour

Issue No. 2532

Right winger Donald Trump

Right winger Donald Trump (Pic: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Donald Trump last week appointed an education secretary who helps to run and fund a think tank that proposed bringing back child labour.

The Acton Insititute published an article saying “a long day’s work and a load of sweat have plenty to teach” children. It suggested work is a “gift our kids can handle”, although the call to “bring back child labour” has been removed from the article’s title.

Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, who wants to replace state schools with private schools, was on the think tank’s board for ten years. She has given it more than £800,000 since 2000 and her mother Elsa D Prince Broekhuizen is a director.

But Trump had to distance himself from Richard Spencer, who shouted “hail Trump” to a crowd making Nazi salutes.

Breitbart News, formerly run by Trump’s strategist Stephen Bannon, called Spencer a “leading intellectual of the alt-right”.

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