Watch These Kids Talk About How Trump Has Made Their Lives Hell

“They’ve been calling me ‘terrorist’ at my school.”


Donald Trump has warned of Mexican rapists and drug dealers, called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, publicly mocked a New York Times reporter with a disability, and made lewd comments toward women. A new video from Hillary Clinton’s campaign suggests that America’s kids are watching—and that many are feeling the aftershocks every day at school.

Clinton first raised the idea of a so-called “Trump effect” in an August speech in Reno, Nevada. “Parents and teachers are already worrying about what they call the ‘Trump effect,'” Clinton told supporters. “They report that bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants.” The term was popularized by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which in April released a survey of 2,000 K-12 teachers highlighting real concern about the effect the campaign’s hostile rhetoric has had inside America’s classrooms. More than half of respondents saw an uptick in uncivil political discourse, and more than one-third saw “an increase in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment.” Of the 5,000 comments taken in the survey, more than 1,000 cited Trump specifically.

It’s difficult to know whether bullying and harassment are actually on the rise this year. The SPLC report was unscientific, and federal bullying data likely won’t be released for some time. (Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that school-based bullying declined between 2007 and 2013.) But teachers and experts alike worry about the influence this election will continue to have on children in the future.

“The aggressive name-calling and mocking we have seen on both sides of this campaign has a ripple effect on our society, affecting both adults and children who learn by example how you achieve power and status by belittling your opponent,” Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist and education professor at the University of Virginia, wrote in an email. “I expect the effects are not just in the classroom, but in the workplace and in homes across the country.”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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