Senator Tom Cotton has stripped Attorney General Merrick Garland of mobilizing federal officials against concerned parents who speak at school board meetings and expressed relief that Garland was never confirmed in the Supreme Court.
It was a quick but thorough removal that at times seemed to leave Garland confused and unable to respond.
The remarks came during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
The Arkansas Republican was trying to forge a link between the Department of Justice’s new school board policy and a case in which a father was arrested during a board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia after a fight sparked by allegations that his daughter’s school alleged sexual assault.
Earlier this month, Garland released a memo mobilized by the FBI to address parents who “pose a threat” at school board meetings.
The document, addressed to federal prosecutors and FBI Director Christopher Wray, draws attention to an alleged “disturbing rise in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the FBI to meet with U.S. attorneys across the country to open lines of communication on threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff. pic.twitter.com/2gIMKnQfO4
– Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) 4 October 2021
Tom Cotton Cap Merrick Garland
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Merrick Garland faced repeated attacks about the memo during his testimony, but none was quite as windy as the short and sweet removal by Senator Tom Cotton.
“This testimony, your assignment, your performance is disgraceful,” Cotton said. “Thank God, you are not in the Supreme Court. You must resign in shame, Judge. “
Garland was wide-eyed by Cotton’s remarks and tried to intervene on occasion, but eventually looked like a schoolboy being scolded by his principal.
holy shit pic.twitter.com/MRsXmbCkWQ
– Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) 27 October 2021
Cotton mocked Garland at the beginning of his interrogation with the “courageous instruction the FOS mocks at parents at school boards across America.”
In previous testimony, Garland revealed that the basis for his memo involved a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) requesting an investigation or confrontations of inflamed parents regarding mask mandates or Critical Race Theory (CRT) curricula is a violation of the Patriot Act.
The group suggested that “the classification of these heinous acts could be tantamount to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
The NSBA would bounce back later on their letter.
Garland defended his office, saying his memo to the FBI did not mention terrorism, but rather merely violent threats.
Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice has cataloged 13 federal crimes for which parents can be prosecuted for speaking out during school board meetings – but Garland says he does not have time to review his department’s own plans. pic.twitter.com/odA9q69np1
– Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) 27 October 2021
Yes, thank God… And Mitch McConnell
The Political Insider has previously reflected similar sentiments about Attorney General Merrick Garland. Senator Cotton may also want to say a few thanks in the direction of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“For all that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has failed to do to ensure that an extremist like Merrick Garland never sets foot on the grounds of the Supreme Court has been a great victory for this nation,” he said. the Political Insider written.
These remarks came on the heels of the AG mobilizing the Department of Justice to intervene as a way to counter a Texas abortion law that was allowed to stand by the Supreme Court.
“We will not tolerate violence against those who want to obtain or provide reproductive health services.”
– ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) 6 September 2021
While Garland is focused on ‘harassment’ and ‘intimidation’ by parents at school board meetings, school boards seem to have free control over what they can say or do.
A school board in Mankato, Minnesota, for example, is require residents to name their home address in public, and doxx themselves effectively off the bat before they are allowed to speak.
Outrageous: Minnesota School Board prohibits parents from criticizing individual school officials and forces public commentators to disclose their home address – exposing them to potential harassment and property damage.pic.twitter.com/UnOPIqf7fp
– Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) 26 October 2021
The President of a California School District was caught during a school board meeting earlier this week who said to a parent, “F *** you.”
That outrageous reaction came when Lauren Roupoli, who described herself as a concerned parent, spoke to the board about enforcing mask mandates.
“We are vocal because we are our children’s biggest supporters,” Roupoli said.
Marlys Davidson, the board’s president, was heard on a hot microphone when applause rained down on the parent for her comments, and responded with the saying.
Los Alamitos (CA) School Board President Marlys Davidson did not realize her microphone was on yet and said “F *** You” to a parent who shares their concerns about vaccine and mask mandates. @dbongino @seanhannity @JackPosobiec @DonaldJTrumpJr @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/BFJnFZ5tvh
– Rachel Sandoval (@thesoapypea) 27 October 2021
And who could forget when officials from the Oakley Union Elementary School Board in California were caught mocking and denigrating their parents for the crime of wanting teachers to return to the classroom during the pandemic?
“Are we alone?” Councilman Kim Beede said in February, clearly unaware that their meeting was not private. “B ****, if you’re going to call me out, I’m gonna fuck you. Sorry, it’s just me. ”
Oh my god … school board members in California. pic.twitter.com/WzGr8TGklM
– Brandon Robinson (@ brrobinson208) 19 February 2021
Where were Garland and the FBI in response to that direct threat of violence against parents?
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