Rep. Dan Bishop: Bill Bans Use of Federal Funds for Critical Race Theory

Rep. Dan Bishop: Bill Bans Use of Federal Funds for Critical Race Theory Classroom in school with Rows of empty wooden desks (Dreamstime)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 11 May 2021 08:06 AM

Rep. Dan Bishop, who is among lawmakers introducing legislation that would prohibit the use of federal funds for the use of teaching critical race theory in schools, on Tuesday called such curriculum a "dispersion of history."

"The idea is a poison in the psyche of our country, and government at all levels ought to take steps to make sure we are not using government resources to advance it," the North Carolina Republican said on Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria."

Bishop said he and several other lawmakers are working toward prohibiting federal funds used to advance or teach critical race theory "anywhere" while codifying an executive order that was put in place by former President Donald Trump that bans the use of the theory while training federal employees, and its use in any federal agency.

The moves come as several states are advancing bills to oppose the curriculum in their schools, including in Tennessee, where Republicans advanced a bill that doesn't name the concept by name but prohibits teachers from offering lessons about white privilege, reports NBC News.

In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill that accuses critical race theory of undermining "the unity of the nation."

Bishop on Tuesday called critical race theory, which explores racism in the United States, "fundamentally incompatible with the values that are embodied in the United States Constitution. It makes no sense at all."

The lawmaker also accused President Joe Biden of having "bought in totally to this rhetoric," including with his comments after the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

"It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the Vice President just referred to — the systemic racism that is a stain our nation’s soul; the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans; the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day," Biden said at the time.

"Biden has bought in totally to this rhetoric, uses it constantly," said Bishop. "It is un-American and, you know, that's the reason we are going to communicate on every front that this is wrong…this is not something that the country should embrace."

Bishop also commented about Wednesday's planned vote among House Republicans to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her seat as the party conference chairwoman.

The vote is "overdue," he said, considering the "radical ideas" being pushed by House Democrats about the border, election reform, or because of their "attacks on police."

"Our voters want a Republican Party that's prepared to fight back and not stand back and that's why I made a motion 90 days ago to remove Liz," said Bishop. "She's been a constant distraction from our message and our unity. That's an important step that we will take on Wednesday."

GOP leadership, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, have backed Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. to replace Cheney, but Bishop said there are some others who should be considered.

However, he added that Stefanik is a "good congresswoman" and "she will do well."