Senator Marsha Blackburn Slams Attorney General Merrick Garland for Investigating Parents’ Free Speech


Senator Marsha Blackburn and other GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, slamming his decision to open an investigation into alleged “threats” made by parents against school officials.

The letter from the lawmakers expressed concern that the Department of Justice is targeting the opinions of individuals that they do not agree with.

Recently, parents across the country have voiced their opposition to a host of issues: school mask mandates, explicit curriculum, and Critical Race Theory (CRT).

“We are concerned about the appearance of the Department of Justice policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents. We urge you to make very clear to the American public that the Department of Justice will not interfere with the rights of parents to come before school boards and speak with educators about their concerns, whether regarding coronavirus-related measures, the teaching of critical race theory in schools, sexually explicit books in schools, or any other topic,” the senators wrote.

Often, Democratic leaders have pushed back on the right of parents to express their opinion. After a contentious school board meeting in Williamson County, President Joe Biden condemned concerned parents, after hundreds attended the local school board meeting to voice their opposition against a potential mask mandate.

“Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but parents should absolutely be involved in public debates over what and how our public schools teach their children, even if those discussions get heated. When you were sworn in as the Attorney General, you took an oath to uphold our Constitution, and now your fundamental job is to protect the rights of all Americans,” the lawmakers added.

Many opponents to Garland’s measure have highlighted that Democrats largely ignored left-wing looting and rioting that occurred last summer.

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2 Thoughts to “Senator Marsha Blackburn Slams Attorney General Merrick Garland for Investigating Parents’ Free Speech”

  1. RobertG

    Marsha, how come you haven’t joined Lindsey Graham to stop this ridiculous spending bill?

    Marsha, we had it in the bag – we won but then then GOP folded like a cheap card table. Why?

    Marsha, sitting idle as this travesty moves through the Senate isn’t the answer.

  2. Nancy

    Marsha, Will you slam RINO Mitch McConnell? McConnell folded on the national debt! Will you come and talk with working Tennesseans and gain an understanding that Mitch is out of touch with Tennesseans? Senators Graham and Cruz has made comments last night and this morning critical of Mitch folding to the democrats and our national debt. The national debt has gone up 23 trillion dollars since you have been in Washington DC in 2003. Tennessee government has a balanced budget will you start voting for balanced budgets? I find your slamming the democrats to be swamp politics and not being true to a real conservative Tennessean! Please vote to remove McConnell and push for balanced feral budgets as an amendment.