In the wake of parental pushback over a Justice Department memo authored by Attorney General Merrick Garland targeting their conduct at college board conferences, the panel on “The Five” mentioned the following backlash.

Garland’s memo got here shortly after a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to President Biden that stated some rhetorical clashes between college boards and parents could quantity to “domestic terrorism.” Garland’s memo advised the FBI to take the lead on a activity drive to handle threats towards college officers, together with making a centralized option to report such threats. 

On “The Five”, host Jesse Watters stated he learn by Garland’s whole missive and characterised it as one thing an offended “snowflake” would subject after being challenged:

“I read the same letter and I could only find one actual threat: Someone mailed a letter to a school board and said ‘we are going to get you, you’re going to pay a price’ — That [alleged criminal offense] is for the local [law enforcement] jurisdiction. The FBI doesn’t need a task force to handle that,” he stated.


“The other things they consider threats: chanting, holding up a sign, refusing to wear a mask, objecting to critical race theory, exceeding their allotted speaking time at the meeting.”

Watters famous how just a few parents have acquired summonses for being too loud, or refusal to go away the premises, which has occurred in a single current case in Sterling, Va.

“None of that is considered something you would prosecute under the Patriot Act,” he stated, referring to the sweeping laws signed by President Bush within the wake of 9/11.

“This is a snowflake letter. I read the whole thing. I get more threats after each show up than they have gotten all year,” Watters added.

“If you think they can only compile 24 incidents of threatening behavior, a country of 300 million people, for an entire year and they can only come up with one mean letter, that means this thing doesn’t even add up.”

Further, host Sandra Smith in contrast the views of parents pushing again on Garland with assaults a number of media figures have made towards stated parents:

In one NBC News look, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence C. Frank Figliuzzi criticized parents, saying that when civil-servant college board members are “get[ting] threatened by violent extremists, it is a high-threat environment.”


MSNBC guest-host Jason Johnson, a professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, questioned aloud in one other clip whether or not the uproars at board conferences are merely about “being upset about mask mandates” or whether or not there are “White nationalist [and] anarchist” undertones getting used to “wage chaos”.

Host Greg Gutfeld later responded that the uproar is a “combination of Democrats, media and activist class in an attempt to control the population.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.