Rep. Andy Biggs demands answers after DHS-funded college program linked GOP to Nazis

 June 5, 2023

Fox News revealed late last month that the Biden administration funded a university program that lumped Republicans and Christians in with Nazis.

That revelation led to outrage on Capitol Hill, with a group of GOP lawmakers demanding answers from the White House.  

"Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization" includes GOP and neo-Nazi terror groups

Fox News pointed to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

They show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided funding through its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program (TVTP) to the University of Dayton for its PREVENTS-OH program.

Included in the college's TVTP grant application was a chart titled the "Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization," which features the Republican Party and various Christian organizations alongside Neo-Nazi terror groups.

Rep. Andy Biggs: DHS has "repeatedly targeted conservative Americans"

What's more, Fox News noted how in 2021, the University of Dayton held a seminar called "Extremism, Rhetoric, and Democratic Precarity" during which mainstream conservatives were likened to those calling for genocide.

Those facts didn't go over well with Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, who sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

"Under your leadership, the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly targeted conservative Americans for lawfully expressing their First Amendment rights," Biggs wrote.

"Secretary Mayorkas must answer my questions in full"

"The Constitution prohibits the federal government from suppressing the free speech of Americans, by any means, including the use of third parties to engage in unconstitutional attacks on free speech," he pointed out.

"But this unlawful federal speech regulatory regime continues to be the norm under the Biden administration," Biggs complained, adding that DHS is funding those who "openly demonize and equate mainstream conservatism with domestic terrorism."

Biggs' letter was signed by 15 Republican lawmakers, including Florida Reps. Matt Matt Gaetz and Anna Paulina Luna.

Biggs later provided a statement to Fox News that declared, "Secretary Mayorkas must answer my questions in full and justify why a multi-million-dollar counter-terrorism program designed to prevent the next Osama Bin Laden is being used to prey on innocuous conservatives."

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