A school librarian is refusing a Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss books. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) explains why.
Melania Trump is having her say after aÂ Massachusetts school librarian rejected the first lady’s donation of Dr. Seuss books because they’re racist and unneeded.
“To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere,” Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to USA TODAY on Friday.
Grisham saidÂ Trump intends to use her platform as FLOTUS “to help as many children as she can. She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example.”
The dustup over Dr. Seuss provided more grist for another grinding clash between Trump and Trump critics, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. But the book donation program has been an annual gesture by previous first ladies for years; in fact,Â both Barbara and Laura Bush put reading and literacy near the top of their agendas.
And, as some Trump-supporting tweeters pointed out, former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were photographed multiple times over the years reading Seuss classics to children, including Green Eggs and Ham andÂ Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You.
How did this all start?
Three weeks ago, in honor ofÂ National Read a Book Day, Trump sent packages of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one high-achieving school in every state. The packages included…