Attorney general Merrick Garland was shocked when Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked whether he considered conservative parents to be domestic terrorists like the white supremacists who blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The Tennessee Republican, like her GOP colleagues before her, questioned Garland over his Oct. 4 memo directing the Department of Justice to investigate threats against school officials over critical race theory and coronavirus safety measures, but her question surprised the attorney general.
"I have to tell you that it is with much disappointment that I have watched the DOJ be so politicized," Blackburn said, "and the way things have been carried out when you look at the memo to parents, you heard a lot about that today, and it's because we're hearing a lot about that, and I just have to ask you, knowing that you really helped bring to justice those that caused the Oklahoma City bombings, would you really, honestly put parents in the same category as a Terry Nichols or a Timothy McVeigh?"
Garland was aghast at the suggestion.
"My god, absolutely not," he said.
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