Denisha Merriweather was one of President Donald Trump’s guests at his address to a joint session of Congress last night, where the president declared that "education is the civil rights issue of our time."

Merriweather's story was touted by Trump, who explained that she used tax credits and a scholarship to enroll in a private learning center.

The Florida student, who failed third grade, went on to become the first person in her family to graduate high school and is set to earn her master's degree in social work this spring.

"We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty, just like Denisha," he said, as Merriweather looked on.

Merriweather joined Shannon Bream this morning, saying it was not an overstatement for the president to call education "the civil rights issue of our time."

"Students and parents should have the opportunity to choose the best education for themselves," she said, explaining that she is an independent and does not believe this should be a politicized issue.

"Politics do not have a place in education," she added. 

Merriweather said her success story would not exist without her godmother having the choice and the ability to get her into a better school. 

"It's really demeaning to say just because you're poor and don't make a lot of money that you're not intelligent enough to send your kid to a very good school or a school that you think is best for them," she said.

Her story has been touted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush after the state's Tax Credit Scholarship Program was challenged as unconstitutional. 

Opponents argued the program diverts money from public education, but the Florida Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit last month. 

Watch the interview above.


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