According to the deeply flawed logic Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) uses, any person who doesn’t have children isn’t qualified to be a teacher because he or she doesn’t know anything about “raising and teaching kids.”

During an appearance on Fox News, Cotton was asked about Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, appearing onstage with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Host Bill Hemmer inquired:

“What’s that tell you?”

Cotton replied:

“Randi Weingarten is a joke. Randi Weingarten does not even have children of her own. What the hell does she know about raising and teaching kids?”

Wow! That’s a lot of ignorance for a man who graduated from Harvard Law School. And it’s also clearly a dog whistle to those on the right who hate members of the LGBTQ community. Weingarten is a lesbian and has been married to her partner since 2018.

Weingarten responded to Cotton on Twitter, noting that it certainly sounded like he was trying to slur the entire LGBTQ community:

Tom Cotton is trying to appeal to the far right wing of the GOP because he’s considering a run for the White House in 2024. But his outdated thinking on matters of education, equality, and tolerance are out of touch with the vast majority of Americans.

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