The Backchannel

Is Trump Trolling Princeton?

September 23, 2020 Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian Episode 18
The Backchannel
Is Trump Trolling Princeton?
Show Notes

The U.S. Department of Education takes Princeton literally, but maybe not seriously. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is opening an investigation into Princeton University following the president's claim that racism persists at his university. Is Devos's civil rights investigation just trolling or is there a more serious point to be made about how careless statements can make civil rights enforcement difficult?