Republicans revive false claim that DOJ called parents 'terrorists' after Mar-a-Lago raid
- Republicans are reviving a false talking point after the raid on former President Donald Trump's property.
- They're saying the same DOJ once called protesting parents "terrorists."
Republicans who are furious with the FBI after the agency's search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence are reviving a false talking point that pits the Department of Justice against parents.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin called the raid "stunning" in a tweetand said, "This same DOJ labeled parents in Loudoun County as terrorists."
On Fox News, Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee's highest-ranking Republican, made a similar claim about Attorney General Merrick Garland.
"Understand the history, here," he said. "One year ago it was Merrick Garland using the Patriot Act against parents."
Since last year, Republicans hoping to use culture wars to boost their chances in the midterm elections have said that the Biden administration and Democrats have branded parents who protest at school board meetings as domestic terrorists.
Here's what happened: In an October 2021 memo, Garland called on the FBI to address illegal threats against school leaders who were facing protests over face mask mandates, controversial books, and the teaching of race and gender in schools.
His memo came after the National School Boards Association — in a letter the group later apologized for — asked the feds to step in.
The NSBA — not the Department of Justice — compared the threats to "a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes."
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