Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy blamed Michelle Obama for school shut-downs due to the pandemic during a news segment.
The Fox pundit—whose claim to fame was once being a housemate on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco—did not hold back when Fox host Harris Faulkner asked:
"Who is looking out for you when it comes to getting children back in the classroom?"
Campos-Duffy made comments vilifying President Joe Biden and Democrats while discussing teachers' unions fighting against reopening schools for safety concerns.
"Because Joe Biden and the Democrat [sic] Party are beholden to the teachers unions. They have way too much power. They are holding families and children hostage. Frankly, they're holding the entire country hostage."
"We're talking about people's childhoods! Joe Biden has been useless on this."
Campos-Duffy then went after former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.
"And there are two other people who have been useless in the face of this strong-arming by the unions and that is Michelle and Barack Obama, who are, you know, the honored, you know, most famous citizens of Chicago."
She maintained with "one little tweet, Michelle and Barack Obama could've stood on the side of children and their families in this debate."
Rachel Campos-Duffy claims that all Chicago area schools would open up if Michelle Obama would just tweet about it.… https://t.co/ka9sGB9gXG— intotheMichaelverse (@intotheMichaelverse)1612825855.0
@NYBATs @leoniehaimson Wasn’t Rachel on MTV’s the Real World? She has yet to actually join it I see.— BrooklynAdvocate (@BrooklynAdvocate)1612846258.0
Campos-Duffy—who defended the Trump Administration's policy of separating families at the border on Fox's The Ingraham Angle—singled out Michelle Obama.
"They have not been shy about stepping into politics. Not just presidential politics but Michelle Obama used her powerful platform in defense of children who came here illegally at the border with the so-called cages that, in fact, her husband built."
"So she's not afraid to weigh in on behalf of children who are not American citizens. But she has done nothing -- and same with her husband and same with Joe Biden -- in defense of the children of Chicago and of this country who are beholden and held hostage to the unions."
Twitter was confused about her remarks regarding the former First Lady.
@realTuckFrumper Michelle Obama? What the hell has she to do with reopening schools? Fox news likely didn't notic… https://t.co/eFHInHz3ZM— Mona Tea O'Henry (@Mona Tea O'Henry)1612819599.0
@Independent Wow. Never have so many words been used to say absolutely nothing! 😂— ✨💫Cheyenne (Waldmignon) 🏳️🌈❄🇪🇺 (@✨💫Cheyenne (Waldmignon) 🏳️🌈❄🇪🇺)1612815576.0
@NYBATs WTF!? This is ridiculous! People are insane ideologues 🤦♀️— Momma Bear (grrrr, rawr, grunt) (@Momma Bear (grrrr, rawr, grunt))1612843565.0
@RawStory The stupidity of this take is breathtaking. I bet if the Obamas tweet about something she’s against, they… https://t.co/CvhBDFGXO9— Patricia Wilson (@Patricia Wilson)1612885393.0
You can watch the segment in the video, below.
Democratic strategist Jose Aristimuno tried to weigh in by saying Campos-Duffy's comments were "good talking points" but "just not true."
But Campos-Duffy argued it was "not a talking point."
Faulkner then asked:
"Well, if they are facts, are they still talking points?"
Aristimuno continued after the interruption and fought against claims of the Biden administration doing nothing to get kids back in school.
"President Biden has been in office for 19 days."
"He declared this a national emergency. We're going to get children in school. He recognizes it's important but we've got to do it in a safe manner."
"The CDC is going to come out with guidance this week that will allow public schools to do so. We should root for the president to get this done."
Last week during a discussion on vaccine rollout, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenesky suggested "vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools."
Dr. Walenesky added:
"Our goal is to get children back to school. School should be the last places closed and the first places open. Our goal is to make sure in getting children back to school that we do so both with the safety of the children and the safety of the teachers."
But the Biden Administration struggled with the suggested strategy of reopening schools quickly by forcing teachers back into the classroom without getting vaccinated.
The idea was strongly opposed by some teachers' unions.
In an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell on Sunday, Biden mentioned protocols to consider for schools to reopen.
"You have to have fewer people in classrooms. You have to have ventilation systems that have been re-worked."
"Our CDC commissioner is going to be coming out with science-based judgement within I think as early as Wednesday to lay out what the minimum requirements are."