“My God! A parent did a Nazi salute at a school board because they thought the policies were oppressive,” Cruz mockingly declared before noting it’s protected speech.Ted Cruz
“Threats of violence and acts of intimidation” directed at school officials were escalating across the country, the association said, and it asked the Biden Administration to investigate and use “existing statutes, executive authority,” and “other extraordinary measures” to combat a phenomenon it likened to domestic terrorism. On Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland decried such incidents and ordered the F.B.I. to monitor them.
If you want some evidence of what the association and Garland were responding to, it’s easy to find in YouTube videos, and local news reports by the score—protesters fairly vibrating with January 6th energy as they disrupt school-board meetings, raging against mask mandates and other covid precautions, or that favorite spectral horror, critical race theory.
After a school-board meeting in Williamson County, Tennessee, a group of protesters surrounded a doctor who had testified in favor of students wearing masks, shouting,“You’re a child abuser,” “We know who you are,” and “You’ll never be allowed in public again.” In San Diego County, California, in September, anti-mask protesters forced their way into a school-board meeting and tried to swear themselves in as the new, unelected members. At a chaotic meeting in Buncombe, North Carolina, parents opposed to a mask mandate announced that they, too, had “overthrown” the school board. Members of the far-right Proud Boys showed up twice, faces covered, at school-board meetings in Nashua, New Hampshire; in Vancouver, Oregon, Proud Boys gained access to school grounds during anti-mask protests, leading to a lockdown of the schools. At a Loudoun County, Virginia, school-board meeting, which was considering the district’s policies for transgender students and racial equity, riled-up conservatives got so out of hand that the board chair halted the proceedings while the police cleared the room.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday defended a parent who gave a Nazi salute at a school board meeting as he railed against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for directing the Justice Department to investigate the rise in threats against school officials.
Tennessee Republican MARSHA BLACKBURN actually ask this question…
And Blackburn also said this…
“I have to tell you that it is with much disappointment that I have watched the DOJ be so politicized,” Blackburn said.
…after 4 years of Trump using the DOJ as his own justice department and of course while Trump was using the DOJ as is own justice department, Blackburn said NOTHING…
“I have to tell you that it is with much disappointment that I have watched the DOJ be so politicized,” Blackburn said, “and the way things have been carried out when you look at the memo to parents, you heard a lot about that today, and it’s because we’re hearing a lot about that, and I just have to ask you, knowing that you really helped bring to justice those that caused the Oklahoma City bombings, would you really, honestly put parents in the same category as a Terry Nichols or a Timothy McVeigh?”