AG Under Fire for Memo Targeting Parents

(American Prosperity) – In September, the National School Board Association sent a letter to the White House, asking for the anti-critical race theory parents who have recently been protesting at school board meetings to be labeled as domestic terrorists. The letter states that these parents are allegedly placing teachers in immediate danger of physical violence. It also suggested that these parents could possibly be prosecuted under the Patriot Act or other similar legislation.

In response to the letter from the NSBA, Attorney General Merrick Garland released a memo confirming that the powers of the federal government would, in fact, be used against the protesting parents. The memo reads, “While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views,” and continues, “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values.” It instructed the FBI to target the protesting parents that have been showing up at school board meetings. However, no evidence of any violent threats has been presented thus far.

Several House Republicans are now demanding that Garland withdraw his recent Department of Justice memo. Representative Louie Gohmert questioned Garland last week during an appearance in front of the Judiciary Committee. Gohmert suggested that Garland should perhaps “redo ” the memo in such a way as to not make the impression of being so threatening to parents who were worried about their children’s education.

Regardless, no action was taken. As of now, 19 House Republicans, including Representatives Gohmert, Thomas Massie, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, and Jim Jordan, have signed a letter, harshly criticizing Garland’s testimony as being “troubling” and instructing Garland to withdraw the memo. This signed letter also noted that not only did Garland send this strange directive shortly after reading the NSBA letter, but that he also did not know what the NSBA letter was talking about. The letter signed by the representatives also states “Parents have an undisputed right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, especially as school boards attempt to install controversial curricula.”

On Friday, the National School Board Association formally disavowed the original letter, and apologized, saying “There was no justification for some of the language used in the letter”, and also said that they were sorry for any strain and stress caused by the situation. In line with the NSBA’s disavowal, the letter from the representatives concluded that “the only responsible course of action is for Garland to fully and unequivocally withdraw the memo immediately.”

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