UPDATED 9:03 AM PT – Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Republican congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the weaponization of the Department of Justice to target parents who oppose critical race theory may backfire on Democrats in upcoming Virginia elections.
According to Jordan, the memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ labeling dissenting parents as “domestic terrorists” is an assault on the First Amendment. He said for many parents, this assault on their rights is the last straw and they won’t stand for it.
“I think your memo is the last straw, I think it’s a catalyst for this reawakening in freedom,” stated the Republican lawmaker. “When government starts telling parents, hey ‘we’re smarter about your kids than you are,’ I don’t think moms and dads are going to take it. And it sort of functions as the last straw.”
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Jordan added, Attorney General Garland must rescind that memo because it’s illegal and wrong. He then pointed out GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin may win in the Virginia gubernatorial election due to blow back from parents.
“The attorney general doing his memorandum, which basically the committee sets up a reporting mechanism, a snitch-line on parents who just want to show up at school board meetings and say ‘hey don’t teach this racist American curriculum to our kids,’” Jordan continued. “And for that they’re going to have the full wave of the Justice Department looking over their shoulder. It’s really scary where it’s going.”
The Ohio lawmaker went on to say it’s lunacy for schools and bureaucrats to attempt to cut parents’ out of their own child’s schooling.