Douglas Andrews / November 15, 2021

AG Garland Silent on Pro-CRT ‘Domestic Terrorist’

An agitator threatens parents at a Fort Worth school board meeting, and the silence from the Biden DOJ is deafening.

“I got over a thousand soldiers ready to go … locked and loaded.”

Those were the angry words of one Malikk Austin, a known Black Lives Matter agitator who showed up at a Fort Worth Independent School District meeting last week to support the racist doctrine known as Critical Race Theory and to denounce and threaten district parents who don’t happen to share his views.

Austin didn’t even have the decency to address the school board. Instead, he turned his back to the board and let loose with a screed aimed directly at the other parents in attendance. “My First Amendment rights!” he yelled, apparently unaware that there’s an awfully blurry line when it comes to the First Amendment and intimidating or threatening others with violence.

All we want to know is, where’s the National School Boards Association? Where’s its letter to the Biden administration denouncing this straight-up threat of violence? Where’s its righteous handwringing about “acts of malice” and “heinous actions” and “domestic terrorism and hate crimes”? And where’s its call to Attorney General Merrick Garland for “a joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, along with the appropriate training, coordination, investigations, and enforcement mechanisms from the FBI, including any technical assistance necessary from, and state and local coordination with, its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight”?

And where’s AG Garland, for that matter? Just a few weeks ago, he was eager to collaborate with the NSBA, to bring the power of the federal government to bear on local school board meetings, and to crack down on concerned parents.

While we’re at it, where’s that crack band of investigative journalists from Reuters? As our Thomas Gallatin reports, the global news bureau recently produced “Campaign of Fear,” a nearly 5,000-word screed that details how it tracked down a total of nine individuals among Donald Trump’s 74 million voters who directed threatening messages toward six elections officials in four states. And, as Gallatin notes, “None of these individuals … who believe the 2020 election results to be fraudulent have been charged by law enforcement.”

And yet, where the actions of Malikk Austin are concerned, all we hear are crickets. After he’d exceeded his allotted 60 seconds of time and continued to rant, Austin was escorted out of the room by law enforcement. “I’ll bring my soldiers with me next time,” he said, “locked and loaded.”

“Everyone there felt threatened,” said Carol Guarneri, a grandmother of four in the Fort Worth ISD, who told Fox News that Austin had attended an August school board meeting in “tactical gear.”

Austin, for his part, said he wasn’t threatening anyone. “First Amendment rights, freedom of speech, need to be implemented,” he said, claiming that “locked and loaded” is a term he used to use when coaching football.

Austin ridiculously compared opposition to CRT to the racist Jim Crow policies of the past — which is an unintended and yet scathing indictment of our educational system. According to Austin, opposition to racism is the same as promoting racism. Sadly, someone somewhere must’ve taught him that.

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