As we previously reported, the NSBA apologized last night for a letter they had written to Joe Biden implying that parents could be “domestic terrorists.” That letter was then used by Attorney General Merrick Garland to justify a coordinated federal law enforcement effort to address “threats” against school boards, an effort which people feared was really to chill speech from parents upset about the politicized agenda being pitched to their kids in school, particularly in regard to Critical Race Theory.
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) October 23, 2021
It is amazing. It is impressive that they put it out and are now retracting the letter.
But there are a couple of other things about the NSBA apology letter that I’d like to note.
First of all, the apology isn’t to the parents that they so effectively tried to smear with that letter. The letter is written to their members – school board members. It’s a letter apologizing to school board members for leaving them out on the limb with what CEO and president said and putting those school board members in a bad position with their parents and the public.
When you specifically suggest that parents could be “domestic terrorists” based on no such actions, I’d like to see a specific apology for those words to the actual people you smeared.
The second reason why the NSBA does this is due to the leakage of emails about coordination with the White House over the matter for several weeks. So it wasn’t just a brief bad characterization in a letter that was the problem. This letter was part of an overall coordinated effort with the White House.
According to emails, the White House requested that they list threats. However, even though the prompt was given, the email stated that there were serious flaws in the letter. All this is what the NSBA is trying do to distract from. What was happening there? We should hear another apology from the White House. They were ultimately responsible. The “unifier,” Joe Biden, or his mouthpiece, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki should explain what was going on here and why they were improperly inserting themselves in this way to prompt action by the DOJ. They seem to have targeted parents in order to stop them from following the White House’s politically-oriented agenda.
Third, this apology letter means that NSBA is getting a huge backlash to their actions and that’s why they wrote it, it wasn’t just because they suddenly thought better of it. It shows Americans where they stand on this matter and is a pro-tip for the White House. It’s not with you. Merrick Garland was opposed to such action by the majority of Americans.
Finally, if their original letter is wrong – and it most assuredly was – then the investigation kicked off by Garland based on this letter is wrong. Garland needs to stop what he’s doing, as in yesterday, and drop this political effort against parents. Garland had directed the FBI, in concert with each U.S. Attorney, to “convene meetings with federal, state, [and] local” officials “within 30 days of the issuance” of his memo to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response.”
Not only is this highly coordinated response not justified in relation to the scarcity of actual crimes/threats, what’s missing in this whole effort is why any possible threats can’t be handled by local law enforcement. There’s no need for any federal action and there never was. Yet, once again we witness the Biden team exerting its dominance over all matters.