Robin Mairs is a teacher at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California.
In a recording obtained by a confidential source, a distraught Mairs can be heard telling students that conservative senators will have to answer for their actions for having objected to the presidential election results of 2020, and that Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters are actually peaceful.
The day after the riots on Capitol Hill, Mairs takes time out of her class to address the events of January 6th, 2021. In the audio, Mairs can be heard accusing Senator Ted Cruz and “a couple other people” of lying to the American people by objecting to the results of the 2020 election, and “sticking with this charade” that election integrity was compromised.
Under the Electoral Count Act of 1887, members of Congress may object to the certification of the Electoral College votes. Following the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 Presidential election, Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and California Senator Barbara Boxer challenged the certification of the electoral count for Ohio. In 2017, eleven separate Democrats objected to the certification of the votes for President Donald Trump. Both the 2004 and 2017 objections were ultimately unsuccessful, and the respective votes were officially certified.
After pausing to allow students to ask questions, Mairs continues by addressing the students that think she is “left-wing,” explaining that she watched 8 different news channels during the riot to ensure that she wasn’t receiving biased information. These stations include: Fox and MSNBC (both of whom she describes as radical), CNN, USA Today, Politico, Reuters, PBS, ABC News. Mairs tells her students to ‘turn off’ the T.V. if their news sources are not describing the riots as an insurrection the way she does.
Mairs states that if “even Fox News describes what happened yesterday as an insurrection” then, “I don’t know what more you need to hear.” Robin warns her students about listening to “radicalized news sources.”
Mairs then juxtaposes the capitol rioters and Black Lives Matter (BLM). She says that BLM is “93% peaceful” before contrasting the heavy police presence at BLM rallies, and the lax response of law enforcement towards the rioters on Capitol Hill.
BLM has been implicated in a number of riots around the country following the death of George Floyd. A report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project stated that 95% of riots over the summer of 2020 were linked to BLM activism or had BLM activists present. The resulting riots were the largest in American history, causing an estimated $2 Billion in damages and 47 deaths. In an incident in August of 2020, BLM activists attacked Senator Rand Paul and his wife while walking back to their hotel in Washington D.C.
Mairs asks her students to pause and reflect upon how this nation could be so “broken,” and wonders about what has changed over the past four years for the nation to be this divided. She then urges her students to give President Joe Biden a chance.
Mair’s comments can be listened to below:
The Professor Watchlist team reached out Mairs for comment but has not received an answer by the time of publication.
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Updated, Spring 2021