At a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, Donald Trump Jr. encouraged young audience members not to listen to “loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.” 

Keep up that fight, bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it.” —Donald Trump Jr.

Understandably, this did not go over well with all educators, including Sofie Kondro, who was eager to clap back on social media about what it’s really like to be a “loser teacher.” 

“I am a loser teacher. When I get to school, I start my day trying to figure out what my kids need from me. This one needs encouragement. That one needs extra time to finish the essay. This one needs love. That one needs advice.” said Kondro in a post on Facebook

I am a loser teacher. I get up every morning at 5:30 am to pack my bag and make a lunch I might not even get to eat and…

Posted by Sofie Kondro on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kondro wasn’t the only one to share what it is like to be a “loser teacher.” #LoserTeacher trended on Twitter, with a flood of educators and advocates defending the work of teachers. 

Teachers like Annie Burge talked about what keeps “loser teachers” busy all day, like practicing tornado drills, encouraging reading, and grading 48 tests before dinner. 

While other teachers, like Andrea Thomas, talked about teaching students how to seek reliable facts and form their own opinions.

Teacher advocates showed their solidarity and support as well. 

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