Tucker Carlson has blasted Attorney General Merrick Garland over his plans for an FBI crackdown on parents who stand up to woke school boards, comparing the treatment of concerned moms and dads to that of ‘domestic terrorists.’
The Fox News host lashed out on his show Tuesday night at the ‘radical’ Justice Department’s decision to draft in the FBI to prosecute parents for protesting against the likes of critical race theory (CRT) and transgender ideology being taught to their children in schools across America.
‘If you’re one of those troglodytes who think you should have, some say in what your children are taught in the schools that you pay for, you should know the Biden administration now views you as a domestic terrorist,’ said Carlson.
‘And they are fully willing to used armed agents of the state to compel you to shut up.’
On Monday, Garland sent a memo saying the FBI and local law enforcement had been engaged to tackle the ‘disturbing trend’ of teachers being threatened or harassed.
The memo said that while ‘spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats or violence or efforts to intimate individuals based on their views.’
‘In the coming days the department will announce a series of measures designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel,’ it read.
Tucker Carlson has blasted Attorney General Merrick Garland over his plans for an FBI crackdown on parents who stand up to woke school boards, comparing the treatment of concerned moms and dads to that of ‘domestic terrorists’
The move was spurred by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which wrote to the Biden administration last week asking for protection from angry parents, who the group said had threatened and committed acts of violence against school boards.
Carlson highlighted the fact that the NSBA is a lobbying group which donates heavily to the Democrat party, implying that the Biden administration had issued its latest edict to try and keep their paymasters happy.
It comes at a time when parents and school boards across the country have gone to war over the last year – predominantly over anti-racist teachings, transgender rights and COVID-19 restrictions.
Gabrielle Clark, a black mom who is suing her son’s Las Vegas charter school over its anti-racist teachings, told DailyMail.com it is ‘disgusting’ to see taxpayer money being ‘squandered’ and vowed she ‘won’t stop speaking out’ against school boards.
Carlson slammed the AG’s move, accusing the Biden administration of using ‘armed agents of the state’ in a big to enforce leftist political ideology.
‘They’re happy to used armed agents of the state to enforce their ideology,’ he fumed.
‘And they have to, because that ideology is deeply unpopular with most Americans.’
The Fox host pointed out that, under the AG’s ruling, federal resources will be used to target the so-called ‘criminal conduct’ and ‘disturbing trend’ that consists of parents ‘complaining’ and ‘committing wrongthink’.
‘Garland directed, ‘federal, state, tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders to discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend.’ This disturbing trend being parents complaining,’ said Carlson.
‘Criminal conduct. What does that consist of? Bombings, assaults? No, complaining.
He added: ‘It is now criminal to disagree with your kid’s school.’
Carlson argued the Biden administration is trying to stamp out freedom of speech and ‘compel’ parents to accept that the government is ‘in charge of your children.’
‘We’ve learned the Biden administration no longer believes in the most basic precepts of liberal democracy,’ he said.
‘Among them, your freedom of speech should never be abridged.
‘The government must convince you, not compel you almost always, and you and not the government is in charge of your children.’
The Fox host described Garland as a ‘wild-eyed, radical crazy person’ who is trying to tell parents their children are now ‘his.’
On Monday, Garland (pictured) sent a memo saying the FBI and local law enforcement had been engaged to tackle the ‘disturbing trend’ of teachers being threatened or harassed
Parents protesting a mask mandate at a school board meeting in Las Vegas in August. Parents and school boards across the country have gone to war over the last year – predominantly over anti-racist teachings, transgender rights and COVID-19 restrictions
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.
‘Merrick Garland did not give birth to your kids. They’re yours, not his. But they don’t acknowledge that anymore,’ he said.
Carlson also questioned the political motive behind the clampdown on parents, saying the National School Boards Association are ‘huge donors’ of the Democratic party.
‘Now, why did the DOJ issue this letter? Well, because they’d received a complaint from the National School Boards Association,’ he said.
‘Huge donors, of course, to the Democratic Party. And that complaint cited citizens who were upset over the teachings of critical race theory and masking of children, which is medically unnecessary.
‘So the group wrote to the Biden administration and said that some of the actions against school boards ‘could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
Carlson mocked that school administrators are now seen as a ‘protected group’.
‘Oh, so school administrators are now a protected group,’ he said.
‘If you disagree with them, you’re committing a hate crime, not voicing an opinion that is constitutionally protected. No, it’s an act of violence to disagree with them.’
The crackdown on ‘complaining’ parents comes at a time when America is in the grips of a serious crime spike in the wake of Black Lives Matter and defund the police protests, said Carlson – something he said the Biden administration has not issued a crackdown on.
FBI data released at the end of September revealed the number of murders across the US increased by a staggering 29 percent in 2020.
In total, there were around 21,500 murders last year – 5,000 more than in 2019 – with around three-quarters committed by firearms.
This marked the biggest percentage increase since the FBI started collecting data back in 1960 and smashed the previous record uplift of a 12.7 percent increase in 1968.
Carlson pointed to the disturbing data, arguing Garland has taken more radical steps to address parent complaints than the thousands more murders rocking the nation.
‘Now, keep in mind at this exact moment that Garland wrote that, we learned that murders in the United States since the advent of Black Lives Matter have gone up 30 percent,’ he said.
Carlson slammed the AG’s move, accusing the Biden administration of using ‘armed agents of the state’ in a big to enforce leftist political ideology
‘So that’s thousands more dead people. This is the attorney general, our chief law enforcement officer. He did not issue a memo about that.’
Instead, Carlson gave examples of some of the clashes between parents and school boards that the DOJ is trying to ‘shut up.’
Some parents have been pushing back against mask mandates in schools, which Carlson described as ‘medically unnecessary’ because COVID-19 deaths among children are not widespread.
A total of 498 children have been killed by COVID in the US between May 2020, when recoding began, and September 23 2021, which are the most recent figures available.
‘Mocking someone who calls for medically unnecessary mask mandates is now domestic terrorism and a chief concern of the FBI,’ he said.
‘A lot of kids are dying of a lot of different things. Drowning, as always, is at the top of the list. Car crashes, too.
‘But you’ll notice that more students are dying from suicide, in some cases, directly traceable to these policies than are dying from COVID.
‘So that is a national crisis. It’s completely unaddressed by the Department of Justice or anyone else in our government.’
Instead, Carlson said ‘all that’s addressed are the ideological crimes: people disagreeing.’
In Loudoun County, Virginia, a father was interrupted while giving a speech complaining about sexually explicit literature on the syllabus by a board member who told him to lift his mask over his nose.
Brandon Michon told the meeting ‘my five-year-old is being peddled transgender books in her library, teenagers are being served pornography under the guise of literature.’
Gabrielle Clark, a black mom who is suing her son’s Las Vegas charter school over its anti-racist teachings, told DailyMail.com it is ‘disgusting’ to see taxpayer money being ‘squandered’ and vowed she ‘won’t stop speaking out’ against school boards despite the AG’s actions
When he asked for longer to speak due to the interruption, his mic was cut.
‘They just didn’t want to hear him. That’s a parent who’s paying for the school, whose five-year-old is in the care of these lunatics,’ said Carlson of the incident.
‘So they just cut his mic.’
Loudoun County – one of the wealthiest school districts in America – has found itself at the center of the war between parents and school board members in recent months.
Parents have been demanding the removal of several members of the school district board while school officials insist that CRT is not on the curriculum pointing to ‘misconceptions and misinformation’ in the media.
In June, two people were arrested during a school board meeting that descended into chaos amid debates over CRT teachings and a new transgender policy.
In August, the board voted to approve a policy requiring teachers to call transgender students by their chosen pronouns and for trans children to use the lockerroom and bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Last week, the Democrat frontrunner in the Virginia governor’s race was condemned by parents after saying they shouldn’t tell schools what to teach.
Terry McAuliffe, who previously served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018, made the remark when he went head-to-head with his Republican rival Glenn Youngkin during the final debate of the governor’s race Tuesday.
‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,’ he said.
Carlson hit out at McAuliffe saying his comments show he thinks the government ‘makes all key decisions about your children’ – and the AG’s announcement now shows this has the ‘full backing of the Biden administration.’
‘They have a problem with you. The person who pays taxes, sends your child to public school,’ said Carlson.
Carlson pointed to an incident in May as an attempt to silence people with different opinions where parent Brandon Michon (pictured) was cut off in a meeting because his mask slipped under his nose
Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, protesting at a school district board meeting in June. The county has been at the center of the national row between parents and school boards
‘They’re telling you you have no right to be outraged, and the school teaches your children they can change their gender at will and that White people are evil. There’s not a problem at all.
‘The problem is you complaining about it, and if you do, the DOJ will target you like a domestic terrorist using the Patriot Act.’
Parents and Republican lawmakers have blasted the AG’s move this week, accusing the Biden administration of trying to shut up people with differing views.
Concerned mom Clark told DailyMail.com she and other parents won’t be silenced by Garland’s threat of law enforcement, saying parents are ‘mad as hell’ and ‘don’t owe [school boards] niceness’.
‘I think parents should continue to assert themselves in every legal and ethical way possible,’ she said.
‘The FBI has a duty to investigate credible threats. School board members also have a right to safety.
‘But parents don’t owe them niceness. We’re mad as hell, and we won’t stop speaking out.’
Terry McAuliffe (left) went head to head with his Republican rival Glenn Youngkin (right) during the final debate of the governor’s race Tuesday. He said parents shouldn’t tell schools what to teach
In March, Clark – who is black – filed a lawsuit against her biracial son William’s school, Democracy Preparatory Academy at Agassi Campus in Las Vegas, after it allegedly failed him for refusing to label himself as an oppressor or oppressed.
Clark said people who feel ‘harassed or intimidated by people who simply disagree with you’ should ‘stay out of politics’.
‘If you start feeling ‘harassed or intimidated’ by people who simply disagree with you, stay out of politics,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘I was born free, I will speak freely, and I will be free until my last breath.’
She also hit out at the use of federal resources and taxpayer money to crackdown on parents.
‘There’s nothing new under the sun. Squandering federal resources and misappropriating taxpayers money is completely in line with the decisions made by our ruling class,’ she said, adding: ‘It’s disgusting.’
Nicole Solas, who has pushed back against the CRT teachings at her child’s Rhode Island school, accused the Biden administration of bringing in the ‘political police.’
‘Arrest me,’ she tweeted, along with a retweet of Garland’s memo.
‘Any *legitimate* violence is sufficiently addressed by your local police. The Fed wants the *political* police. FBI are the politics police.’
Solas also changed her Twitter name to: ‘Nicole Solas, Domestic Terrorist per @NSBApubliced.’
Nicole Solas, who has pushed back against the CRT teachings at her child’s Rhode Island school, accused the Biden administration of bringing in the ‘political police’
Asra Nomani, a mom and the vice president of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education (PDE), also blasted the AG’s move calling it a ‘serious problem’ to classify parents as ‘domestic terrorists’
Asra Nomani, a mom and the vice president of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education (PDE), also blasted the AG’s move calling it a ‘serious problem’ to classify parents as ‘domestic terrorists’.
Nomani told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that she considers herself a ‘survivor of Fairfax County, Virginia, public schools,’ where her son graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – America’s No 1 high school, according to US News and World Report – in June 2021.
She said she became an ‘accidental activist’ in June 2020.
‘The white principal at my son’s school told our mostly-Asian, mostly-immigrant parents that we needed to check our ‘privileges.’
‘Born in India, I grew up very poor in our family’s first years in the United States and reject the illiberal ideas of critical race theory’s racist ‘affinity groups’ and ‘oppression matrix.”
Nomani said CRT ‘s ideas are ‘divisive’ and ‘eliminate the merit-based admissions process to the school and replace it with an essential popularity contest.’
‘As a liberal progressive feminist woman of color, I would urge President Joe Biden to reflect deeply on the classic liberal ideas of democracy, equality and free speech to recognize that his administration is waging a very dangerous and ill-advised war on parents who are simply seeking to raise their children in a world in which human beings are valued not by the color of their skin but the content of their character,’ she said.
Nomani added: ‘Nobody gets between a mama bear or papa bear and their cub. Nobody.’
In a video posted online, she also argued the NASB ‘has declared a war on parents and our children’ and sarcastically changed her profile name on Twitter to read: ‘Asra Q Nomani ‘Domestic Terrorist.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy sided with the concerned parents in a statement on Tuesday.
‘There has been a disturbing trend in the Democrat Party that wants to silence parents, and prevent them from having a say in their own children’s education,’ he said.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured) issued a statement on Tuesday in response to Biden ‘weaponizing’ the DOJ to target parents seeking to be involved 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 classrooms.
McCarthy then said that ‘this latest decision by President Biden is yet another example of him using his executive power to federalize every sector in our society,’ adding that ‘he wants to use his DOJ to target American families who dare to ask questions’.
Debates around teachings in American schools have raged between school boards and parents in recent months – with CRT at the center of much of the uproar.
CRT highlights how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions today.
It has become a key focus on the curriculum of schools over the last year amid the nationwide reckoning for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.
But it has starkly divided opinion.
Conservatives allege that students are being taught a warped version of American history that claims the impact of slavery remains present throughout society.
Critics say the teachings reduce people to ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on skin color.
But supporters say it is vital to understand how race impacts society in order to eliminate racism.