Biden’s Department of Intimidation

POLITICS & POLICY
Attorney General Merrick Garland makes an announcement at the ATF in Washington, D.C., July 22, 2021. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via Reuters)

Joe Biden’s Justice Department has crossed a line in threatening to investigate and prosecute parents for protesting against school boards and teachers who insist on indoctrinating children with critical race theory.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, once nominated as a “moderate” pick for the Supreme Court by President Obama, claimed that free-speech principles yield not only to “threats of violence” but also to “efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views” (we assume he might think the harassment of Senators Manchin and Sinema may be fine).

Jim Sensenbrenner says the Garland move is an outrageous attempt to use federal laws to suppress political opponents. In a scathing Wall Street Journal op-ed he wrote: “As principal author of the Patriot Act and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during its consideration, I find it necessary to remind the Biden administration that the Patriot Act doesn’t apply to parents’ behavior at school-board meetings.”

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