Attorney General Merrick Garland is testifying before the House today about the troubling memo that he issued, saying the FBI will investigate threats by parents against school board members.
Many are justifiably concerned that this is an effort to politically chill the rights of parents from speaking on behalf of what is being taught to their children, as the parents’ movement against teaching subjects like Critical Race Theory has gained great ground.
When Garland was questioned earlier today by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), he astonishingly testified that he acted on the basis of the letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). As we previously noted, that letter was pretty sparse when it came to actual ‘threats.’ Indeed, the letter seemed to characterize things that were clearly freedom of speech as “threats” and counted things like the arrest of Scott Smith who was involved in a scuffle because of his objection to the Loudoun superintendent not telling the truth about his daughter allegedly being raped in a school bathroom. Loudoun was more than in the wrong for how they treated the whole matter.
But when Jim Jordan then tried to show Garland a video of the parents that he was demonizing on the basis of the NSBA’s letter, the House Judiciary Committee Chair flipped out and complained that Jordan was violating a rule, refusing to let the video be shown.
WATCH: Fight breaks out between Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Jim Jordan during a House Judiciary hearing when Nadler sustains an objection to a video Jordan wanted to be played to AG Merrick Garland. pic.twitter.com/j06MPlJduV
— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2021
“It’s a video of moms and dads speaking at school board meetings,” Jordan said, questioning why Nadler and the Democrats wouldn’t allow it in. Nadler tried to shut it out saying it violated the protocol of giving 48 hours’ notice. Jordan made the point that this wasn’t a rule. Nadler even admitted in the “normal course of business” they don’t object to such an introduction of evidence. But the bigger question was why would they have any objection? What didn’t they want Americans to see?
When you look at the video, it’s very clear what the Democrats didn’t want people to see. They didn’t want Americans to see the very legitimate and reasonable concerns that parents have that Garland is possibly going after with this effort. And you can see it, in the very powerful video that the Republicans then released online.
This is the video of parents at school board meetings that @RepJerryNadler refused to let us play at today’s Judiciary Committee hearing.
Why does the Left feel so threatened by brave American parents? pic.twitter.com/GvJlkWoJa2
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) October 21, 2021
Parents speaking from the heart against Critical Race Theory and calling it what it is — racism. One teacher spoke about quitting because she didn’t want to push the “highly politicized agenda” that she was being forced to push.
These folks aren’t “threats” to anyone. What they are is a powerful movement to stop the political agenda being pushed on their children and that’s what the Democrats truly fear.