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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Top Anti-Abortion Lobbying Org Doubles Down to Support ‘Pro-Life’ Herschel Walker Despite Report and Son’s Allegations
The top anti-abortion lobbying group, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, doubling down in their support for Herschel Walker, the GOP’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, despite a damning report in the media and allegations from Walker’s own son.
Overnight The Daily Beast reported Walker, who claims to be against all abortion, paid for an abortion for his girlfriend. Walker has attacked U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, his Democratic opponent, over abortion, drumming up falsehoods like saying Warnock, a Christian pastor who is pro-choice, “relished a woman killing her baby.”
Montage of Herschel Walker’s anti-abortion statements. pic.twitter.com/4JxZ3N0OyK
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) October 4, 2022
Walker’s own son, Christian Walker, who has been a steadfast supporter publicly of his father’s candidacy, revealed overnight and Tuesday morning that his father has committed “atrocities” against their family, caused his mother and him to move six times in six months, and was an absentee father despite attacking Black men in general for that very same behavior.
Now, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, once called the Susan B. Anthony List, is standing by Walker despite his reported abortion actions.
Axios’ Alexi McCammond says they asked SBA Pro-Life America if the anti-abortion lobbying organization still supported Walker.
“Hershel Walker has denied these allegations in the strongest possible terms and we stand firmly alongside him,” SBA spokesperson Mallory Carroll told McCammond.
“She added that their GA field team ‘has visited more than 310,000 homes across the state in support of pro-life candidates like Herschel and against the extremism of Sen. Warnock and Stacy Abrams, and we will continue through Election Day,'” McCammond reports.
Congratulations @TeamHerschel!Between now and November we will work tirelessly to expose extremists like Sen. Warnock and send pro-life champions like Herschel to Washington! #IVoteProLife #gapolitics https://t.co/E1j78IUopd pic.twitter.com/RqPRfleH26
— SBA Pro-Life America | 72% 🇺🇸 support 15 weeks (@sbaprolife) May 25, 2022
In January of 2020 Right Wing Watch reported the “Susan B. Anthony List and its Women Speak Out super PAC are launching a $52 million campaign effort on behalf of [re-electing] Trump and Republican senators.”
‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage
Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.
Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.
“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.
Trump’s post generated outrage online.
“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”
Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”
“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.
Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”
Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”
Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”
‘Heist’: Ginni Thomas Tells J6 Committee Election Was Stolen, Says She Never Discussed Efforts to Overturn With Spouse
Appearing behind closed doors in person for four hours with investigators from the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, far right wing activist and lobbyist Ginni Thomas reiterated her false claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen, calling it a “heist.” Thomas also insisted she has never discussed her work to overturn the election results with her husband, the person she publicly refers to as her “best friend,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has resisted calls to recuse himself from any cases surround the January 6 insurrection.
The 2020 president election was not stolen, there has never been any proof to support that false contention, more than 60 court cases claiming fraud brought by the Trump team or their supporters have been thrown out or lost, and even Donald Trump’s own Attorney General and Dept. of Homeland Security officials have said there was no significant fraud, with the later issuing a statement that reads: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
And yet, despite mountains of evidence President Joe Biden won the election, despite the election being certified with him winning 81,268,924 votes against Trump’s 74,216,154 votes – a margin of more than 7 million, and despite him winning the Electoral College 306 to 232, Ginni Thomas for hours on Thursday insisted Donald Trump was the rightful president.
“During her interview, Ms. Thomas, who goes by Ginni, repeated her assertion that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald J. Trump,” The New York Times reports, citing remarks made by the Committee’s chairman, Bennie Thompson. The Times called it “a belief she insisted upon in late 2020 as she pressured state legislators and the White House chief of staff to do more to try to invalidate the results.”
And yet to reporters Thomas’ attorney called her actions merely “minimal and mainstream activity focused on ensuring that reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated.”
“Beyond that, she played no role in any events after the 2020 election results,” he added, despite press reports that Thomas held a months-long text message exchange with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to find a way to overture the election.
“As she wrote in a text to Mark Meadows at the time, she also condemned the violence on Jan. 6, as she abhors violence on any side of the aisle.”
“Ms. Thomas,” The Times adds, “exchanged text messages with Mr. Meadows, the White House chief of staff, in which she urged him to challenge Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the 2020 election, which she called a ‘heist,’ and indicated that she had reached out to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, about Mr. Trump’s efforts to use the courts to keep himself in power. She even suggested the lawyer who should be put in charge of that effort.”
Despite earlier reports Thomas did appear in person, but refused to answer reporters’ questions.
NEW: Ginni Thomas met with Jan 6 committee IN PERSON. She did not answer my questions pic.twitter.com/5z6pypr0S9
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