Senator Ted Cruz, Texas, was tested on Fox News on Wednesday after he falsely claimed – again – that US Attorney General Merrick Garland called the parents “domestic terrorists.”
Speaking on Fox News about Republican Glenn Yangkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race, Cruise said one of the reasons for the Republican victory was the desire of parents to have “influence and control over what they teach their children.”
“The arrogance of Democrats who say“ parents can’t control it, ”and worse, Attorney General – Attorney General Joe Biden – calls these parents domestic terrorists. I think it had a direct result last night. “
Host John Roberts noted that Cruise’s claim about Garland was false.
“To be honest, he said they were not internal terrorists. The National School Board Association said that, ”Roberts said.
You can watch this exchange below at around 1:30.
Cruise later tweeted an excerpt from the interview, which contained his false statement, but not Roberts’ correction.
The Senator’s office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Cruise and other Republican senators have come up in arms over Garland’s October 4 memo that instructed the FBI and attorneys general to work with local law enforcement to develop strategies to address increased harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against employees. public schools and school board members. across the country.
The memorandum does not mention the term “domestic terrorist” and does not mention parents.
It was sent a few days after the National School Board Association wrote a letter to the president asking for federal support to combat the growing harassment and threats of violence against local school board members. This letter did use the term domestic terrorism, and the NSBA later apologized for using this language.
The plea for help came when school board meetings turned into hot spots for politicized and often heated debates over mask wearing, COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and how children are taught about racism in America.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last month on the attorney general’s memo, Cruise accused Garland of instructing the FBI to “investigate the parents as domestic terrorists.” An annoyed Garland repeatedly told him and other Republican senators who made similar claims that this was not true.