Trump praises 'good man' Merrick Garland -- who so far has filed no criminal charges against him
Donald Trump during an interview with Axios. (YouTube/Screenshot)

Former President Donald Trump praised Attorney General Merrick Garland in a Wednesday interview with The Spectator World magazine.

"I'd love to get your reaction to Attorney General Merrick Garland mobilizing the FBI against parents who oppose [Critical Race Theory] at local school board meetings," Amber Athey said.

"Well, I'm very surprised that he'd do it," Trump replied. "The local boards have gone out of their way to really take over the school system and to do things that a lot of the parents disagree with — I would say almost all of the parents disagree with. It's shocking what they're doing. So I was surprised to see it."

"Do you think that the 20 GOP senators who voted to confirm Merrick Garland made a mistake?" Athey asked.

"No, I think that he's a good man," Trump replied. "I think he is a person that, you know, believes liberally. Somebody else would have gone in and it might have been different. You could have had somebody that would have been radical left. I don't think he's radical left, but not everybody would agree with what he's doing, having to do with school boards."

Trump then brought up prosecutions by the Department of Justice.

"And I guess people would like to see no politics involved. That includes going after people that are political or politicians with local, state and federal prosecutors, which is happening too, at a far greater rate," Trump said.