VP Harris' husband compared upset parents to Holocaust hatred
First gentleman Doug Emhoff said parents upset at school board are akin to the hate that led to the Holocaust
At a recent SXSW conference held in Houston, Texas, First Gentleman Doug Emhoff compared parents upset with their local school boards over the infusion of Critical Race Theory, gender ideology, and other sexual topics in lessons for their kids to the kind of hate that led to the Holocaust.
“I met one woman who was saved in the Holocaust in Germany, settled in Ukraine, and is now a refugee again back in Berlin," Emhoff, who is Jewish, said to Symone Sanders who lead the discussion.
This hate is interconnected," Emhoff said "You see it in the discourse in the country right now. You see it in the divide that we have. Just going to school meetings you see that hate that is out there."
Emhoff’s remarks were part of a discussion on “combatting anti-semitism.”
Sanders, who currently hosts a show on MSNBC called “Symone,” is the former chief spokeswoman and senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris. She resigned from her White House position at the end of 2021 and is one of over half a dozen to do so since Harris became VP. Sander was also the national press secretary for Democrat Bernie Sanders during his 2016 campaign for president.
The conference was called “New Order, Damon Lindelof, Valerie June, Douglas Emhoff, Kelvin Yu, & More!”
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Over the last two years, Republicans in Congress have pushed back on a memo to the FBI sent by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland that outlined investigations into parents protesting at school boards.
“My first reaction was that I was stupefied,” said Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC-09) when asked about the memorandum. “It smacks of using the threat of the FBI to intimidate a pure grassroots political movement across the country.” He added parent protests of school boards were “as spontaneous a movement as I’ve ever seen develop.”
Other state leaders such as NC Senate Leader Phil Berger and State Superintendent Catherine Truitt also spoke out about the memo, but Democratic Governor Roy Cooper remained silent.
Garland’s memo turned out to be based on a letter sent by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to President Biden that in part suggested parents should be investigated as domestic terrorists.
The fact that the NSBA sent the letter to Biden and that it was the basis for Garland’s memo would later be revealed in a report issued by the NSBA itself. The letter had been sent by the group’s former communications employee Chip Slaven.
“Although the letter was the progeny of Mr. Slaven with active assistance from his staff and some of his NSBA colleagues, the White House, namely White House Senior Advisor to the President Mary C. Wall (“Ms. Wall”), had advance knowledge of the planned Letter and its specific contents and interacted with Mr. Slaven regarding the Letter during its drafting. Existence of the Letter, its requests, and the contents of the Letter with Department of Justice officials more than a week before the Letter was finalized and sent to President Biden.” - Excerpt from NCSBA report.
Additionally, the NSBA’s report said after the letter became public knowledge, Biden had personally called Viola Garcia, the group’s board of directors president.
Garcia was later appointed by Biden’s education secretary to the national board which oversees the Nation’s Report Card, commonly referred to by the acronym NAEP.
The NSBA would eventually apologize for the letter after intense backlash and dozens of state affiliations dropping their membership with the group. As of late December 2021, 28 state chapters had distanced themselves from the NSBA. Some 19 of those states dropped their membership entirely, including North Carolina.
Congressional Republicans began inquiries into Garland’s memo and whistleblowers came forward with information that the FBI had applied the counterterrorism label “EDUOFFICIALS” to their investigations into parents.
Under questioning by congressional lawmakers, Garland had dodged answering specifics about the NSBA’s letter. However, a Freedom of Information Act by Parents Defending Freedom showed that the attorney general was aware of the letter prior to issuing his memo to the FBI.
The investigation into the memo as well as the actions by Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, are still ongoing.
The House Judiciary Committee had asked for related documents to be turned over by March 1 and more hearings are likely to follow in the coming months.
For more detailed reports on Garland’s parent memo, visit my reports at the North State Journal.
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