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Ted Cruz defends parents making Nazi salutes at school board meetings

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In a fiery Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at one point defended parents throwing Nazi salutes at school board meetings.

Cruz, along with other Republicans, lambasted Attorney General Merrick Garland for asking the Justice Department this month to investigate mounting violent threats against educators. This increase has coincided with the right-wing media fueling fury against mask mandates and so-called critical race theory.

Referring to a letter written by the National School Boards Association, Cruz claimed that many of the examples of threats cited by the NSBA were “non-violent,” adding that one case involved participants in school board meetings making fascist gestures. .

“My God! A parent gave a Nazi salute in a school board because they thought the policies were oppressive,” Cruz exclaimed dramatically. “General Garland gives a Nazi salute to an elected official, is- what protected by the First Amendment? “

“Yes, it is,” Garland replied calmly, prompting Cruz to then demand the note from the FBI saying “go and investigate the parents as national terrorists”.

The GA noted that his note does not say that “at all”, which led Cruz to respond that the letter from the NSBA does. “I don’t care what the letter says,” retorted the attorney general.

The school board association’s letter to the president calling on it to act against “threats and acts of violence” includes a reference to domestic terrorism – language for which the NSBA has since apologized and backed down after an intense conservative reaction.

At the same time, as Garland himself repeatedly told the senator on Wednesday, his October 4 memo to the Department of Justice “said nothing about domestic terrorism” and that he was also responding to “public reports. violence and threats of violence “.

Cruz will later take to Twitter to defend his defense of Nazi salutes at school board meetings.

“Left-wing journalists are either (1) dishonest or (2) not very brilliant (or both)” the senator wrote in response to a journalist’s tweet. “The parent was doing the Nazi salute because he called the authoritarian Nazi school board – bad, bad and abusive. And yes, calling someone a Nazi is very protected under the First Amendment.

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