The Biden administration has been advancing its effort to target Americans who dissent from the progressive agenda, including COVID-19 mandates and the controversial critical race theory.
Now, critics say a new policy is poised to treat parents who oppose either of those policies as a “threat” to the general population.
“Counter to our nation’s core values”
Leading conservative figures including Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are already speaking out against the latest development.
Reports indicate that the Biden administration obliged after the National School Boards Association issued a letter comparing parents against mask mandates and identity-based school curriculum to “domestic terrorists” who pose an “immediate threat.”
The association called on the federal government to take action, and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland authored a memo alleging a “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel” and vowing a response by the FBI.
“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” he continued.
DeSantis replied by slamming the Biden administration’s effort to intimidate parents using federal law enforcement resources.
“Will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent”
“Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation,” the governor tweeted. “Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent.”
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also weighed in, accusing Garland of trying to make “democratic pushback against critical race theory” a criminal offense.
Garland’s memo also caught the attention of Carlson, who warned viewers on Tuesday that Biden is turning the United States into a one-party nation.
The host went on to assert that the Justice Department is turning a blind eye to issues like a nationwide spike in violent crime to target parents upset that their children are being taught “they can change their gender at will and that white people are evil.”
Targeting homegrown terrorism should be a central focus for federal law enforcement, but defining political enemies as terrorists who need to be crushed by the state is classic authoritarianism and must be stopped.