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Sen. Ted Cruz lashed out at Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke during a hearing on Wednesday in which he grilled her over the Biden administration’s decision to task U.S. attorneys and the FBI with investigating alleged threats by parents against teachers and school board members.
The announcement by Clarke’s boss, Attorney General Merrick Garland, earlier this week appeared to take many off guard including Republicans who have since blasted the administration for “weaponizing” the Justice Department against parents who are increasingly upset over the introduction of the controversial and divisive curriculum including critical race theory and sexually explicit materials.
At one point during his questioning of Clarke, the Texas Republican asked pointedly, “Do you believe parents objecting to the teaching of Critical Race Theory have civil rights in the democratic process?”
Clarke responded: “Uh, I don’t follow the question, Senator.”
Clarke’s appearance and Garland’s announcement came after a letter to the Justice Department last week from leaders of the National School Board Association in which they asked President Biden to consider using current federal statutes to see if parental behavior at school board meetings rose to the level of criminality.
Particularly shocking was their suggestion that raucous complaints from parents could even be “domestic terrorism.”
Cruz asked Clarke specifically about whether she thought that parents complaining about materials to school boards were “domestic terrorists,” going on to ask if she thought that supporters of Antifa and Black Lives Matter “who burned shops, who firebombed police cars, who murdered police officers” were domestic terrorists.But after she appeared to evade the question, Cruz pressed: “Ms. Clarke, it is amazing that you are not willing to condemn people who are murdering police officers and firebombing cities because your politics align with them, but at the same time when it comes to parents at school boards, you’re perfectly comfortable with calling a mom at a PTA meeting a ‘domestic terrorist.’”Garland’s memo, which he issued on Monday, reads in part: In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, […]
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