Hawley: Biden's FBI Targeting Anti-CRT Parents, Won't Stop Actual Crime
Federal law enforcement to try and intimidate parents
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) blasted the Biden Administration for working “to shut down parents from speaking” against Critical Race Theory while ignoring violent crime.
Hawley made reference to a letter sent to the FBI by Attorney General Merrick Garland:
"This is about using federal law enforcement to try and intimidate parents because these parents are daring to stand up and criticize critical race theory."
"As we’re seeing violent crime surge across our country, homicides, a year-on-year high, violent attacks are at highs, and the Biden Administration has done nothing. They won’t lift their finger, but yet, they want to shut down parents from speaking by calling that violence.
"I mean, it's just -- it is truly extraordinary."
“The idea that they would use the FBI to intervene in school board meetings with the purpose of, let’s be honest, intimidating and harassing parents -- just unprecedented."
Below is the full interview per CNS News:
“And I said to her, I said, ‘Listen, this isn’t about violence. We all know that if somebody threatens violence, the local police will book that person, will charge that person, they'll get them out of there. This is about using federal law enforcement to try and intimidate parents because these parents are daring to stand up and criticize critical race theory. That’s what this is about.’"
“So I said to her, I said, ‘What are the standards? Your memorandum says the FBI is going to investigate intimidation and harassment. Well according to who? I mean, by what standards?’
“And she wouldn’t answer those questions, Mark. She wouldn’t give me any definition, she just kept coming back to, ‘Well, everybody’s against violence.’
“Well, of course, we’re against violence. What we’re not against, though, is free expression. What we’re not against is the First Amendment. But that’s what this administration is doing; they are attacking our basic First Amendment principles.
“And it’s all in an effort to try and shut down moms and dads -- parents -- who are paying their taxes, who have kids in schools, and by the way, who are voters. And they have a right to express their opinion at school board meetings.
“This is just unprecedented, and I tell you, I’m going to do everything I can to stop it.”
Mark Levin: “You know, Sen. Hawley, this is the same attorney general, when he was testifying in his confirmation, who refused to call the attacks on the Portland federal courthouse acts of domestic terrorism because they happened at night and nobody was there.
“I’m not aware of a pattern of violence in these various school districts, and they haven’t presented any, neither the National School Board Association or the attorney general in his memo."
“I’m not aware that violence is so out of control that local police are unable to handle this. That is an absolute, flat-out lie. Are you aware of any federal nexus or federal basis that would allow the United States Department of Justice and its various instrumentalities to go into school boards to monitor parents, to question parents who dare to become vociferous or provocative?”
Hawley: “None whatsoever, Mark. I mean, I can’t imagine what the basis is for having the FBI get involved here. I will say this, I mean, it’s interesting that the Biden Administration has finally found some form of violence that it doesn’t approve of."
“I mean, as we’re seeing violent crime surge across our country, homicides, a year-on-year high, violent attacks are at highs, and the Biden Administration has done nothing. They won’t lift their finger, but yet, they want to shut down parents from speaking, by calling that violence. I mean, it's just -- it is truly extraordinary. And it’s dangerous, and you talked about this earlier. This is a dangerous precedent to use federal law enforcement to go after citizens, to stop them from speaking about things you don’t like."
“If this is allowed to stand, I shudder to think what will happen in the future, under this administration or any other administration, when it comes to trying to silence law-abiding citizens -- parents, taxpayers -- who are just speaking their mind."
“Can I just add, by the way, Mark, they have every right to speak their mind about any topic, but critical race theory, they are right to stand up and say they don’t want their kids taught these lies. They are right to stand up and say they don’t want their kids to be indoctrinated, and the idea that you’d use the federal government to shut them down, that’s wrong.”
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this year, several concerned parents were arrested during a school board meeting for opposing the Marxism-rooted Critical Race Theory (CRT) from being taught to their kids.
Despite the high spirits from the parents, the sheriff's department declared the gathering an "unlawful assembly" and moved in to shut it down.