Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar after the pair retweeted a clip claiming that the senator was defending Nazis.

Aaron Rupar, who describes himself as a journalist on Twitter, tweeted a 27-second clip of a dialog between Attorney General Merrick Garland and Sen. Cruz on Wednesday from Capitol Hill the place Cruz was grilling Garland on the Justice Department’s dealing with of unrest in school boards throughout the nation. Rupar described Cruz’s feedback as “defending Nazi salutes.”

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Rupar’s tweet was shortly reposted by Rep. Omar claimed Sen. Cruz was defending Nazis and by Rep. Swalwell who mentioned the identical.

Cruz responded to each on Twitter.

“You are frequently a liar (when you’re not sleeping with Chinese spies),” Cruz instructed Swalwell. “But here, you’re lie is exactly 180 degrees false. I was defending the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies. In other words, to OPPOSE Nazis (or petty tyrants), not to support them.”

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In response to Omar, Cruz mentioned, “You are frequently a liar (and often spewing anti-Semitism). But here, you’re lie is exactly 180 degrees false.  I was defending the right of citizens to denounce authoritarian policies. In other words, to OPPOSE Nazis (or petty tyrants), not to support them.”

In the clip, Cruz tells Garland that the variety of incidents in school board occasions outlined by the National School Board Association is twenty and that fifteen of these, together with insults and Nazi salutes, had been non-violent. Cruz was making the case that the DOJ was incorrect to deploy FBI sources to research these alleged incidents which are protected by the First Amendment.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on October 21.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland seems earlier than the House Judiciary Committee oversight listening to on October 21.
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“We can all see the clip,” columnist Eli Lake mentioned in protection of Cruz. “Cruz is saying the Nazi salute, which is done in protest of school board officials and not as a sign of fidelity to national socialism, is first amendment protected speech.”

“Lefty journos are either (1) dishonest or (2) not very bright (or both),” Cruz mentioned in direct response to Rupar’s publish. “The parent was doing the Nazi salute because he was calling the authoritarian school board Nazis—evil, bad & abusive. And yes, calling someone a Nazi is very much protected by the First Amendment.”

The NSBA has since apologized for the memo despatched to the DOJ and mentioned there was “no justification for some of the language” it contained. Garland has refused to again down from his place that violence from indignant mother and father in school board conferences needs to be monitored by the FBI which has known as on some to name for his resignation.

Appearing on Capitol Hill for the second time in two weeks, Garland instructed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the NSBA’s second letter – which contained an apology for inflammatory language within the first one – had no bearing on the DOJ’s stance.

“The letter that was subsequently sent does not change the association’s concern of violence or threats of violence. It alters some of the language in the letter … that we did not rely on and is not contained in my own memorandum,” Garland mentioned after committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., requested if he had “second thoughts” following the apology.

Garland claimed that the DOJ isn’t just involved about faculty board officers, however a “rising tide” of violence towards judges, prosecutors, election directors, and others.

“The only thing the Justice Department is concerned about: violence and threats of violence,” he mentioned.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Garland is expected to give testimony about the status of the Justice Department's investigations into the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 21: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a House Judiciary Committee listening to on the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Garland is anticipated to present testimony in regards to the standing of the Justice Department’s investigations into the January sixth assault on the Capitol. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
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The committee’s rating member, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, claimed that the DOJ memo had a “poisonous, chilling effect” on speech, because it particularly handled opposition to highschool board officers. When he appeared earlier than the House Judiciary Committee final week, Garland acknowledged the affect of the NSBA’s unique letter, which cited situations together with non-violent habits that didn’t embrace threats, however that was deemed disruptive.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report