Rick Scott won’t let Joe Biden ‘intimidate’ parents opposed to ‘socialist’ critical race theory
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
The Senator has been critical of critical race theory for months.

In tweets Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott revived his messaging against “critical race theory” in his latest confrontation with the Joe Biden administration.

Scott lambasted U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s call to have federal law enforcement take a look at parents who take issue with “radical curriculum,” including so-called critical race theory, which spotlights structural racism as a persistent problem in American institutions.

Joe Biden’s attorney general wants the FBI to go after parents for speaking out at school board meetings to protect kids from radical curriculum like critical race theory,” Scott tweeted. “Biden’s disgusting socialist agenda must end. We won’t let him intimidate & silence parents.”

The Senator returned to the theme some minutes later, in a second tweet placing the critical race theory position in a larger context of global totalitarianism.

“Biden’s Treasury Secretary wants to monitor Americans’ financial transactions. Biden’s AG wants to silence opponents of Critical Race Theory. This is what the Chinese, Russian & Cuban regimes currently do: snoop on their citizens & squash dissent. Biden = Systemic Socialism,” Scott said.

Scott’s strong words come almost a day after Garland issued a memorandum calling for the FBI and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to meet in the next 30 days with federal, state, Tribal, territorial and local law enforcement leaders regarding the “disturbing trend” of threats against school board members, teachers and workers in public schools.

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland wrote. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”

Garland envisions a task force, in which representatives from the department’s Criminal Division, National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, the Community Relations Service and the Office of Justice Programs will search for federal enforcement mechanisms, even when the threats made don’t rise to the level of federal crimes.

Threats against board members are not hypotheticals. As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported, School Board Chair Shirley Brown has had protesters outside her home, calling her a “tyrant” for backing a mask rule and calling for her resignation.

Scott’s concern about critical race theory is well-documented. Earlier this year, Scott filed a Senate resolution condemning it. He has predicted the issue will change school boards as well.

Scott isn’t the only Florida leader to deride the Biden administration’s moves to protect school board members from threats at meetings, which have become front lines in the pandemic’s version of the culture wars. Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose administration has banned critical race theory officially, promised to fight the feds in a tweet Tuesday also.

“Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation. Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent,” DeSantis vowed.

As is the case with Scott, DeSantis thinks school boards are in play. He vowed this summer to involve his “political apparatus” in those races, which are bound to be high-profile going forward.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • PeterH

    October 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    RICK SCOTT’S ENDLESS RED SCARE!

    BOO!

    There is absolutely nothing “radical” or “socialist” about critical race theory.

    I’m sure that there are a handful of southern white haters who would like to dismantle and sweep under the rug white America’s participation in lynching, slavery, Tulsa extermination of black Americans, the exploitation of Chinese immigrants in building America’s rail system and Mexican farm laborers slaving to put food on America’s tables.

    • Frankie M.

      October 6, 2021 at 7:07 am

      Ricky clearly has never been to a local school board meeting. “Free speech” does not mean you can threaten someone, follow them to their home, or storm the Capitol. Anything to drum up the faux outrage I guess.

  • Alex

    October 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Racists don’t want racism taught.

  • Ron Ogden

    October 6, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    CRT is a pernicious concoction of race-based errors, misleading statements, half-truths and downright lies that owes its origins to the kind of dialectical materialism that sits at the core of left wing politics–whether you want to call it socialism, communism or the Democratic party. It is part of the change in party line that has occurred in the past few years away from the goal of a non-racial society to one that is obsessed with it and depends upon it for survival. The party line changed when equality was achieved. In order to keep their jobs, lefty race-baiters had to change their tune from “equality” to “equity”. CRT is one of the vehicles they use to make that change move.

    • Alex

      October 6, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Blah blah blah far right babble.

      Actually CRT says two things;

      1. Systemic racism is real and easily provable;
      64 Examples of Systemic Racism Against Black Americans
      https://curiousrefuge.com/blog/systemic-racism

      2. It can be fixed.

      You can’t argue with the facts in #1, and you don’t want to do #2 because you’re a racist.

      Simple.

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