During an interview with CNN's Tom Foreman this week, Christopher Krebs, who served as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under former President Donald Trump, tore into the draft executive order that was meant to execute a coup and overturn the results of the 2020 election.
"It reads like a fictional thriller," said Foreman. "The inauguration postponed, voting machines seized by the military and Donald Trump's time extended by weeks. The December 2020 draft executive order could have triggered all of that if it had been signed and enacted before Joe Biden's win was certified."
Foreman characterized it as "a patchwork of conspiracy theories and dubious legal arguments previously pushed by Team Trump."
"The sheer brazenness and illegality of it all is shocking," said Krebs. "This is a violation of a restriction on using federal troops for domestic law enforcement action."
"We don't know who wrote the draft executive order," said Foreman. "There are a lot of rumors. We don't know why it was never signed or if it was seriously considered. But it fits into the desperate maneuvers by Team Trump to deny the unequivocal loss at the polls, even if this paper was not worth the paper it was written on."
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Pranksters flood Glenn Youngkin's anti-CRT tip line with complaints about kids learning Arabic numbers
Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin this week announced his office was opening a "tip line" for parents who want to report their local schools teaching "divisive" topics such as critical race theory.
Unfortunately for Youngkin, however, it has not taken long for pranksters to flood the email address he promoted with bogus tips.
As documented by Virginia-based attorney Qasim Rashid, several Virginians have sent in parody tips that mock right-wing panic over purported leftist indoctrination in schools.
"I have heard reports that schools in Virginia are teaching ARABIC NUMERALS!" read one fake complaint. "I fear we've become so focused on exposing Critical Race Theory in public education that we've forgotten all about creeping Sharia Law."
"Albus Dumbeldor was teaching that full blooded wizards discriminated against mudbloods!" wrote one prankster who identified themselves as "Tom Riddle," the alias of Harry Potter villain Voldemort. "Fire him immediately!"
Another prankster informed the tip line that they were outraged that their son's teachers "are attempting to teach him" because "I don't need these teachers to educate the next generation."
See some more prank emails below.
You guys. I explicitly said to NOT send fake racism tips to email@example.com and in response you all send this, pictured below.\n\nSo I repeat\u2014do not use the below as a guide on how to send fake racism tips directly to the VA GOP Governor\u2019s Office. Thank you.pic.twitter.com/kSliAwHsbO— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.) 1643152738
'Failing at your job': Texas high schoolers shred their school board over proposed book-banning initiative
On Tuesday, at a meeting of the school board for Granbury, Texas just southwest of Fort Worth, students from the high school lined up to speak out against a controversial "book review" policy proposed by right-wing activists that would effectively let members of the board ban books in school even before a review.
"GISD Communications Director Jeff Meador stated: 'School library books have been under heavy scrutiny over the past several months as investigations are ongoing by the Texas House General Investigating Committee chaired by State Rep. Matt Krause as well as the Texas Education Agency as directed by Governor Greg Abbott,'" noted the Hood County News in a report last week. "Meador said that 'like every school district in the state,' the GISD is currently reviewing all books in the district’s schools to determine their educational value and age appropriateness."
But the students themselves were having none of it at the hearing.
"I feel this new book banning bill is irresponsible, ignorant, and even dangerous," said one sophomore. A junior agreed, saying, "I just want to emphasize who is upset about this book ban, and it's not just delinquents who want to read smut. It's honor students who want access to the full extent of their education."
"The job of the superintendent and the school board is not only to protect the students in this district, but to make them feel like they have a place in this community," said Kennedy Tackett, a senior who spearheaded the petition against the policy. "But I gotta tell you, from what I've seen so far, you are failing at your job."
Abbott has ordered schools to review books in their curriculum and library for supposed pornographic and politically controversial content, a move experts have warned is a backdoor way of forcing teachers to stop discussing racial and sexual orientation issues in class. He has followed this up with a proposed "Parental Bill of Rights" that would essentially force an audit of every teacher's curriculum and allow any parent to veto teaching anything.
Granbury ISD sophomore speaking out against books being pulled off of school library shelves. pic.twitter.com/MHPL8MNrAD— Christopher Tackett (@Christopher Tackett) 1643123067
Granbury ISD junior, speaking out against the school district looking to remove books from the shelves of school libraries pic.twitter.com/7zzhEr27CM— Christopher Tackett (@Christopher Tackett) 1643127376