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Sen. Cruz: COVID Shows Democrats Are 'Jackbooted Thugs'

By Michael W. Chapman | October 7, 2021 | 3:13pm EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

Commenting on how Democrats are using the COVID pandemic to control nearly every aspect of Americans' lives, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said what they are doing reveals their true character, which is "authoritarian," "jackbooted thugs."

He also criticized U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for directing the FBI to treat parents who speak out at school board meetings as "domestic terrorists."

“In any crisis someone’s character is revealed, and COVID really has shown the character of the Democrats," said Cruz on Wednesday's edition of Hannity.

"They are authoritarians, they are jackbooted thugs," he said. 

"There is no decision about your life that they will not try to control," Cruz added, "whether that is a vaccine mandate, regardless of your choices, [or] Gavin Newsom, trying to order every school kid in California to take, to get a vaccine regardless of their parents’ wishes, or whether it comes to silencing free speech."

Cruz continued, “The attorney general’s memorandum this week, he directed the FBI and the Department of Justice to go after parents who are going to school boards, who were expressing dismay that critical race theory, the toxic stew of lies that divides us based on race, that teaches kids that America is inherently racist, that all white people are racist, that seeks to turn us into hating each other on racial lines -- parents are understandably upset about that.”

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.  (Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. (Getty Images)

“And the attorney general told the Department of Justice that those parents at school boards should be treated as ‘threats’ and as ‘domestic terrorists,’ and directed the FBI to use all the forces of the federal government against them today," said the senator.

According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, "The Garland memo looks like an effort to use the FBI to threaten and silence parents who are outspoken opponents of critical race theory in schools. That alone would be a stunning partisan abuse of power. What Garland has done, however, is even more disgraceful."

"Maybe Garland doesn’t actually intend to use the FBI to go after parents—maybe he knows that he doesn’t have that power," reported Heritage. "In that case, he’s trying to trick parents into thinking that he does. This tactic, he hopes, will suppress parents’ free speech, and throw a bone to a powerful ally of his political party."

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