Senator Tom Cotton has ousted Attorney General Merrick Garland for rallying federal officials against concerned parents who speak at a school board meeting, expressing relief that Garland has not been confirmed in the Supreme Court.
It was a quick but thorough takedown that at times left Garland stunned and unable to respond.
The remarks were made while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
The Arkansas Republican Department of Justice wanted to draw a link between the new school board policy and a lawsuit where a father was arrested at a board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, after a fight in which the school covered his daughter’s allegations. Sexual harassment
Earlier this month, Garland distributed a memo that organized the FBI to address ‘threatening’ parents at school board meetings.
The document, addressed to federal prosecutor and FBI Director Christopher Wake, focuses on “annoying spikes in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to meet with U.S. attorneys across the country to open a line of communication about threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff. pic.twitter.com/2gIMKnQfO4
– Ryan J. Reilly (ryanjreilly) October 4, 2021
Related: Senator Josh Howley Condemns Deputy AG, Biden Administration for Giving FBI Arms Against Parents
Tom Cotton Slam Merrick Garland
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Merrick Garland faced repeated attacks on Memo during his testimony, but none of them were as blistering as Senator Tom Cotton’s brief and sweet takedown.
“This testimony, your instruction, your performance is shameful,” Cotton said. “Thank God, you are not in the Supreme Court. You should resign out of humiliation, Judge.
Garland’s eyes widened at Cotton’s comment, trying to interact with the show, but in the end he looked like a schoolboy reprimanded by his principal.
Holy shit pic.twitter.com/MRsXmbCkWQ
– Siraj Hashmi (irajSirajAHashmi) October 27, 2021
At the outset of questioning Garland, Tula scoffed at “bold instructions to feed parents on school boards across America.”
In previous testimony, Garland revealed that the basis of his memo involved a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) requesting an investigation into whether parents faced offenders about the Mask Mandate or Critical Race Theory (CRT) curriculum. Of patriotic law.
The group suggested that “this classification of heinous acts could be equivalent to domestic terrorism and hate crime.”
The NSBA will backtrack on their letter later.
Garland defended his office, saying the FBI had no mention of terrorism in its memo, but only a violent threat.
Merrick Garland’s judiciary has listed 13 federal crimes for which parents could be tried for speaking out at school board meetings – but Garland says he doesn’t have time to review his own department’s own plans. pic.twitter.com/odA9q69np1
– Josh Howley (@HawleyMO) October 27, 2021
Related: California school board officials caught in the video mocking parents who want to do their job: ‘They want their babysitter back’
Yes, thank God … and Mitch McConnell
Political Insider previously echoed similar sentiments about Attorney General Merrick Garland. Senator Cotton may also want to give some thanks for the direction of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“The failure of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to confirm that an extremist like Merrick Garland never set foot on Supreme Court soil was a great victory for this nation,” wrote Political Insider.
The comments came as the AG sought to unite the judiciary to intervene as a way to deal with Texas abortion law, which was allowed to stand by the Supreme Court.
“We will not tolerate violence against those who want to receive or provide reproductive health services.”
AG Garland has released a statement on Texas Restricted Abortion Act. https://t.co/zoCgz0JdDh pic.twitter.com/oDg91f144X
– ABC News Politics (ABCPpolitics) September 6, 2021
Although Garland focuses on ‘harassment’ and ‘intimidation’ by parents at school board meetings, the school board clearly rules independently of what they can say or do.
A school board in Manhattan, Minnesota, for example, requires residents to effectively dox themselves off the bat in order to make their home address public before allowing them to speak.
Offensive: The Minnesota School Board prohibits parents from criticizing individual school officials and forces public commenters to disclose their home addresses, citing their potential harassment and property damage.pic.twitter.com/UnOPIqf7fp
– Christopher F. ফrealchrisrufo October 26, 2021
The president of a school district in California was caught telling a parent during a school board meeting earlier this week, “F *** you.”
That offensive response came when Lauren Rupoli, who described herself as a concerned guardian, spoke to the board about the application of the mask mandate.
“We’re vocal because we’re our kids’ biggest advocate, ”Rupoli says.
Marlis Davidson, president of the board, was heard on a hot mic when parents applauded for his comments, reacting wonderfully.
Marlis Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos (CA) school board, did not realize that his mic was still on and said “f *** you” to parents who shared their concerns about vaccines and mask mandates. dbongino anseanhannity ্যাক Jackposobic DonaldJTrumpJr Ingraham Angle pic.twitter.com/BFJnFZ5tvh
– Rachel Sandoval (thesoapypea) October 27, 2021
And who can forget when Oakley Union Elementary School Board officials in California were caught mocking and insulting parents for the crime of trying to get teachers back into the classroom during the epidemic?
“Are we alone?” Board member Kim Bide said back in February, apparently unaware that their meeting was not private. “B ***, if you want to call me, I’m going to **** you. Sorry, it’s just me.”
Oh my goodness … school board members in California. pic.twitter.com/WzGr8TGklM
– Brandon Robinson (brrobinson208) February 19, 2021
Where was Garland and the FBI to respond That A direct threat of violence against parents?
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