School boards and county commission boards nationwide have seen an uptick in deranged rants and threats of violence in the wake of Republican hysteria over critical race theory, mask mandates, and transgender students.
One woman in Kansas said at a county commissioners meeting that members would be "tried for crimes against humanity" for mandating masks in schools, absurdly claiming there was "zero evidence that COVID-19 exists in the world." In Pennsylvania, a GOP gubernatorial candidate vowed to storm school boards with "20 strong men" in order to "remove" them from their posts. In Virginia, a school board meeting was declared an unlawful assembly after attendees grew increasingly belligerent.
The National School Boards Association wrote to President Joe Biden asking the Justice Department for an expedited review of the growing threats against school board members.
The letter reads in part:
"As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes."
Earlier this week, the Justice Department announced it would ramp up its monitoring of threats to school boards, prompting further conservative outrage. For example, right-wing Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri misleadingly suggested the Department of Justice was going after peaceful parents politely stating their opinions to school board members.
And during a White House press briefing this week, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked press secretary Jen Psaki if the administration agreed with the National School Boards Association's likening of the threats to domestic terrorism.
"Does the administration agree that parents upset about their kids' curriculums could be considered domestic terrorists?"
"Well let me unravel this a little bit because the National School Board Association is not a part of the U.S. government. I'd point you to them. What the Department of Justice said in a letter from the Attorney General is that, 'threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation's core values.' That is true. These were threats against public servants, threats against members of the school board, regardless of the reasoning, threats and violence against public servants is illegal."
Doocy's bad-faith question was slammed by social media users.
They praised Psaki's response.
Nevertheless, conservatives like Fox host Tucker Carlson are already running with the false narrative that Biden's administration is labeling parents of students "domestic terrorists."