Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Americans should “fear your government” when Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the FBI would investigate an alleged spike in local school officials to mask mandates. And in addition there is opposition. Important race theory to the course.
“School boards are telling moms that they are criminals, potential domestic terrorists, for crimes of dissent,” Paul told “Fox News Primetime,” and I think criminalizing dissent is something that We should all be afraid.”
When host Ben Domenech asked Paul what he would say to Americans who are worried that “if they go to their local school board and say the wrong thing, that they’re going to end up on a list that’s followed by Merrick Garland It goes,” replied the senator in no uncertain terms.
“I would say be afraid. Fear your government,” said Paul.
“It’s a sad thing for someone in the government to say, but the point is whether those lists already exist. For example, people from Northern Virginia who have gone to [protests], then by the school council, sought by the members of the school board and retaliated [against] To try to put them on some sort of list in a legal way and to silence their speech by stating that there will be a fine for protesting and protesting. “
Garland’s announcement on Monday followed a letter to President Biden of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that claimed “America’s public schools and its education leaders are in immediate danger” and called for threats against school administrators and staff from the White House. asked to consider the investigation. Using tools provided by various laws, including the 9/11-era Patriot Act.
“I think the problem is that it has become commonplace to use the government to try and find its opponents,” said Paul, who cited the case of former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Page’s communications were monitored by the FBI with the help of warrants issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as the bureau investigated claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Paul said, “There are people I know on the left who should have gone ahead and said how wrong it is to use this foreign intelligence court – which uses a standard lower than the Constitution – a After the political campaign,” Paul said. “Still, the Left – once it became about Trump, their hatred for Trump trumps everything else, and I have a feeling and a fear that the Left has become more authoritarian than we really imagine.” Can do it too.”
“Look, there are all kinds of rules about dignity, and there should be,” said Paul. “The Stupid Woman Who Goes to the Bathroom, Filming the Senator” [Kyrsten] movies [D-Ariz.] in the bathroom, which is illegal according to every local ordinance and you should punish that person.
“If you go to a school board meeting and you are disruptive and you don’t follow the rules of the school board meeting, there will be local penalties,” he said. “But it has nothing to do with federal law, it has nothing to do with the Department of Justice. What Merrick Garland did is try to suppress dissent, and he’s trying to say, ‘ Be careful or Big Brother is coming after you if you speak against my policies or against Biden policies.
Appearing at the same event, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called Garland’s move “dangerous” and “hypocritical.”
“It’s dangerous because [of] The idea is that somehow if parents come to the school board to complain, if someone there decides, ‘Well, we don’t like his voice, we don’t like how loud he’s speaking. ‘We don’t like how many times he shows up, ‘You may have been notified,’ he told Domenech.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which should be focused on things like organized crime, things like drug traffickers, things like terrorism and others trying to harm this country, is now going to divert resources to investigate parents. Is it because they shout too loudly, or maybe even rude at the school board hearing?”
Rubio said the DOJ’s action was hypocritical because “there are very few, if any senators—certainly the right people, also members of Congress—who haven’t been harassed in their personal lives… so they normalized this behavior.” When it comes to leftist protesters, but then when a parent speaks about a school board, they want to criticize the FBI on them. This is madness.”