Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Tuesday confronted U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco over the Justice Department’s new crackdown on the alleged harassment of faculty officers, saying it can unfairly goal mother and father who oppose the progressive agenda.

Blackburn caught up with Monaco as she was leaving a listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee and requested in regards to the DOJ’s memo. The memo directed the FBI and U.S. lawyer workplaces to carry conferences with federal, state and native legislation enforcement leaders inside 30 days to debate methods to fight what the DOJ described as an “increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools.”


C-SPAN cameras captured the confrontation between Blackburn and Monaco. 

The senator stated the “implication” of the memo was that folks who don’t adhere to the progressive agenda are to be thought of by the state as “violent.” 

Monaco tried to protest, however Blackburn continued, “It’s not always what you say, it’s what people perceive that you are saying. So, I think this is an incredibly dangerous precedent.

“And this coupled with the shortage of respect for these younger ladies that got here for the Larry Nassar listening to is one thing that’s not superb for the DOJ proper now,” Blackburn added, referring to the FBI’s mishandling of the sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts.

“The message that you’re sending to folks, to people, is, ‘You take everything that we say or we’re not going to be there to guard you.’ And I believe that’s a really harmful place to be,” the senator continued. “This memo final evening seems to be as if you’re second-guessing each guardian who’s asking the query about what’s being taught.”

Monaco repeatedly offered to get Blackburn a copy of the one-page memo “straight away,” suggesting she hadn’t read or understood it.

“So, I hear you on the misperception, however I’d ask you to take a look at the memo,” Monaco said.

Blackburn pushed back, saying, “the FBI has no enterprise doing this anyway. Casting doubt on mother and father as a result of they will query and attempting to make sure how they’re being taught. I simply suppose—”

“The FBI just isn’t doing that,” Monaco interjected. “The position of the Justice Department is to, as you effectively know, examine crimes. It’s about violence and that’s it.”

Blackburn said she would follow up with the DOJ later on the issue but added that parents just want their kids to learn in school and not be “indoctrinated.”

The exchange occurred after Blackburn arrived at the hearing late because she had been attending the Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Blackburn told Fox News in a statement that the DOJ’s message in the memo is clear: “Accept the progressive indoctrination of your youngsters, or we’ll come for you.”

“I used to be shocked final evening to see the Department of Justice announce that it’s deploying the FBI in opposition to mother and father who’ve respectable considerations about what’s being taught to their youngsters in public faculties,” the senator said, in part. “This announcement—which got here in direct response to the calls for of academics unions—is a blatant suppression tactic and a harmful abuse of energy. Under President Biden’s watch, the Department of Justice is making the FBI an enforcement arm for progressive insurance policies and utilizing federal legislation enforcement to intimidate involved mother and father into silence.”

The memo got here 4 days after the National School Boards Association, which represents greater than 90,000 college board members, called on the Biden administration and federal legislation enforcement businesses to help college boards reporting a rise in violent threats in response to COVID-19 restrictions and important race concept curriculum.