Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement that he will be spearheading a federal law enforcement mission investigating “threats” against school board officials and employees has caused concern among many American parents. They now fear being targeted for political disagreements with progressives pushing critical race theory education in schools.
Much of the concern centers on the language used by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in their request for assistance from federal law enforcement. NSBA claimed that the “threats” they complained of are “equivalent” to “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” The group also asked the Biden administration to use the Patriot Act against parents.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced questioning about the NSBA request from Peter Doocy of Fox News on Wednesday. Doocy asked if the administration agrees with the NSBA that parents who object to school curriculums “could be considered domestic terrorists.”
Psaki dodged the question by saying that the NSBA is not a federal government agency. She referred to Garland’s letter, saying that threats against public servants are illegal and “run counter to our nation’s core values.” Psaki did not explain how threats against local officials, even honest and illicit, are a matter for federal law enforcement.
Psaki defends the DoJ acquiescing to teachers unions who want parents treated like “domestic terrorists”: "These were threats against public servants, threats against members of the school board. Regardless of the reasoning, threats & violence against public servants is illegal" pic.twitter.com/nPF6ZsVN4E
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 6, 2021
Doocy followed up by asking about the request that the Patriot Act be used to investigate parents. Psaki again avoided answering by saying that she did not speak on the NSBA and directed Doocy to the Attorney General for more information.
Doocy then asked about Biden’s comments on Monday about pro-immigration protestors who disrupted a class at Arizona State where Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was speaking and followed her into a bathroom stall harassing her about her opposition to Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill.
Biden said that he didn’t believe those are “appropriate tactics,” but they happen to “everybody” who does not have Secret Service protection. Psaki said that the Biden administration believes in the fundamental right to protest but specifically refused to condemn the bathroom harassment of Sinema.