Former Trump-era U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is trying to tap into the latest right wing outrage by declaring that parents should be the ones to craft school curriculums. He’s getting mocked for his efforts.
Pompeo’s remarks come after Trump supporters have been going ballistic over the past 24 hours, twisting reports that Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the FBI to investigate violent threats being made against school board officials across the country after months of news reports detailing out-of-control conservatives.
Conservatives have spent months organizing and training “grassroots” activists to bombard school board meetings to oppose mask mandates and “critical race theory.” At least one former Trump administration official is involved behind the scenes, and Christopher Rufo, the right wing activist who admitted to twisting critical race theory to mean anything “crazy” the right wants it to also mischaracterized Garland’s order, once against igniting outrage on the right.
Now he’s back, posting this claim which has set off MAGA world.
BREAKING: Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the FBI to mobilize against parents who oppose critical race theory in public schools, citing “threats.”
The letter follows the National School Board Association’s request to classify protests as “domestic terrorism.” pic.twitter.com/NhPU03YOYq
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 4, 2021
Tuesday evening Pompeo tried to get in on the action:
I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) October 5, 2021
It did not go well for him:
I think my kids shouldn’t be subjected to what another parent learns on their Facebook feed.
— Rachel, Extreme Masker (@rreedsing) October 5, 2021
Cool, I can’t wait to go to the next school board meeting to demand they teach in history class how Trump loves genocidal tyrants, brags about sexually assaulting married women and said my boss should be executed. https://t.co/TDmIF8DIZV
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 5, 2021
Ironically, parents who feel this way are generally the ones who don’t know enough about any topic worth being taught. https://t.co/3OsydRaq7O
— Charles #GetVaxxed! 💉 (@charles_gaba) October 5, 2021
I was just wondering how this works?What if 25 sets of parents of 25 students in a history class all disagree with each other on what should be taught? Do we take a parental vote each day? I’d like to see this in action, instead of just dumb tweets from Desantis and Pompeo. https://t.co/zvQ0q7sCCI
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 5, 2021
Meanwhile just a little civics educations might have prevented the entire trump presidency https://t.co/BDHDTbQW4y
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 5, 2021
Thank you Mike Pimpeo!!! Our Flat Earth Society has been trying to get our lesson plans approved at our local school board, and your recommendation will surely help!!!
— The David Sparks For Senate Show (@SenateShow) October 5, 2021
“That is all”?
Call me old fashioned but I think the state has an interest in teaching a common curriculum and if a few angry parents don’t like it there are plenty of private and religious schools. https://t.co/ifbCOaeAIC
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) October 5, 2021
I think public figures should model telling the truth and not selling out their country https://t.co/gTn6SKgH75
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) October 5, 2021
Ah so in other words my second graders teacher will get 30 different opinions. Stay out of something you have non expertise in Culture wars are not the way to win an election
— Cindy L Arnevik (@cabbageridge) October 5, 2021
But what if parents are conspiracy oriented nutjobs?
But a solid performative tweet. https://t.co/MlWeYxCpJh
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 5, 2021
They can enroll their children in private schools and have that right.
— Leslie Warlick (@WarlickLeslie) October 5, 2021
Literally what would the point of school be in this case https://t.co/zoi0Lsn7FZ
— Zack Kopplin (@ZackKopplin) October 5, 2021
What if I think my children should be taught “critical race theory”? Oh wait you only meant certain parents who share your political views … my bad! https://t.co/ZAN6NDDqbT
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) October 5, 2021
How about history based on actual facts not your dreamed up version
— Annsara (@Annsara18) October 5, 2021
I think this is a regressive, even childish position. That is all. https://t.co/1mD0QGz5hC
— BooMcScreamy (@DrewMcWeeny) October 5, 2021
Imagine thinking this makes sense.
— Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 (@PeterGleick) October 5, 2021
Well that’s because you’re an idiot, Mikey. That is all. https://t.co/08XwdVlKCG
— 💀 Scary Larry 💀 🇺🇸🌊✊🏻🗽 (@StompTheGOP) October 5, 2021
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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff
John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.
Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.
“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”
“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”
Newsmax Host Falsely Attacks Biden and Entire Democratic Party for Declaring ‘War on Christianity’
A host on the far right wing cable and streaming TV channel Newsmax has declared the entire Democratic Party, including its devoutly-Catholic President, has “declared war,” not on just Christmas, but on “Christianity” itself. That would be extremely surprising to the majority of Democratic registered voters who self-identify as Christian.
The revelation of a “war on Christianity” comes in a wide-ranging attack on the left from the Newsmax host Friday morning, who decided to attack the White House’s highly-praised Christmas decorations this year, which were designed by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
“This week is about Christmas at the White House,” the host declared. “I love Christmas decorations. But this looks a little like a Carnival Cruise especially from an administration and political party as a whole that has declared war on Christianity for a while now.”
Newsmax host objects to the White House Christmas decorations because the administration “has declared war on Christianity” pic.twitter.com/7Rcb9JEAcK
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) December 3, 2021
‘What Wannabe Totalitarian, Fascist Dictators Do’: Alarm Over DeSantis Move to Form His Own ‘Personal Militia’
Critics are responding with alarm to news Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is asking for millions of taxpayer funds to create his own militia force, separate from the existing National Guard.
CNN calls it “a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.” And while the law allows for the move, it was created “as a temporary force to fill the void left behind” when the state’s National Guard was deployed overseas, and “disbanded after the war ended.”
But the highly-controversial Florida Republican, seen as one of the top 2024 GOP presidential candidates, is also making clear his motives are a further escalation in his war of words against the Biden administration.
“DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be ‘not encumbered by the federal government.’ He said this force would give him ‘the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.'”
For some reason, Ron Desantis now feels the need to create a state militia under his control. pic.twitter.com/q4EJUEGG4i
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
It’s also being seen as one more potential attack on science during the coronavirus pandemic era. All National Guard members must be vaccinated. DeSantis opposes all vaccine and mask mandates and has invited unvaccinated, fired police officers from others states to move to Florida – and offering them a $5000 payment.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now a U.S. Congressman but running to unseat DeSantis, called DeSantis’ militia a “handpicked secret police” force.
No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police. https://t.co/BWEPhM5rHa
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 2, 2021
Perhaps one of the strongest warnings comes from SiriusXM Progress host Dean Obeidallah, who calls it “the beginning of a ‘Red Army’ as the GOP prepares for war.”
DeSantis also said this unit would be “not encumbered by the federal government.” In other words it would be Ron DeSantis personal militia. You know like political leaders in Iraq and Syria have. #TrumpsRedArmy https://t.co/rmZ93fa7mr
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 3, 2021
“The same Republicans who claim Jan 6 was not a terrorist attack but just a ‘tourist visit’ now tell us not to be concerned with Ron DeSantis forming a personal militia that he says will ‘not encumbered by the federal government,'” Obeidallah adds. “This is a Red Army!!!”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid likened the move to fascism, asking: “So… y’all know this is fascisty bananas, right…?”
Attorney and DeSantis critic Daniel Uhlfelder noted the governor’s “classic authoritarian move” on bringing his son to the announcement.
In a classic authoritarian move Ron DeSantis brought his young son to brag about announcement of his reinstatement of long defunct Florida state guard.
The Florida state guard would be under DeSantis’s sole power without any interference.
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) December 3, 2021
“More setting up for 2024 coup!” tweeted Amy Siskind, The New Agenda founder and author of The Weekly List.
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