Republicans are ripping Attorney General Merrick Garland for “weaponizing” the Department of Justice over his plan to use federal law enforcement to crack down on school parents who oppose critical race theory — saying it is a bid to intimidate political opponents.
The DOJ announced this week it was bringing in the FBI to investigate a spike in threats directed at school administrators, teachers and staff amid protests over critical race theory and mandatory mask wearing for children.
GOP lawmakers – and parents – immediately slammed the decision, accusing the Biden administration of likening their protests to “domestic terrorism.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the crackdown was part of a “disturbing trend” in which Democrats are trying to muzzle parents and stop them from having a say in their children’s education.
“Parents have a fundamental right to be lawfully involved in their children’s education. We should encourage family participation in our school systems, not baselessly attack opposing views because some liberal education officials and special interest groups see it as a threat to the power they want to have over what children learn in America’s classroom,” he said in a statement.
“This latest decision by President Biden is yet another example of him using his executive power to federalize every sector in our society. He wants to use the IRS to comb through our banking transactions, and now he wants to use his DOJ to target American families who dare to ask questions involving their children’s education.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz accused Garland of breaking his vow not to weaponize the DOJ, tweeting: “At his confirmation hearing, Merrick Garland promised not to follow the Obama model of weaponizing DOJ to target and persecute his political opponents. Just a few months in, he’s already breaking that promise.”
And Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley called Biden’s latest offensive against parents “shocking, unprecedented and wrong.”
“I just asked the Biden DOJ to name one instance in American history when the FBI has been directed to go after parents attending school board meetings to express their views. There isn’t one,” he added in a tweet.
“Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation. Florida will defend the free