Emails Confirm that NSBA Coordinated with White House on ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Letter

A public records request exposed emails between the Biden Administration and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) confirming that the two coordinated with each other in the writing of a controversial letter declaring conservative parents to be “domestic terrorists,” Breitbart reports.

The request was submitted by the watchdog group Parents Defending Education (PDE), and revealed email correspondence between NSBA’s president, Viola Garcia, and the Biden White House without the input of NSBA’s board members. Garcia, along with NSBA CEO Chip Slaven, sent the original letter directly to Biden without input from the rest of the group’s leadership.

PDE released a statement on the findings, confirming that they “received emails between the board that demonstrate that the board was not consulted before such a letter was sent.”

One such email, sent on September 29th, shows Slaven admitting to the rest of the board that he and Garcia had been “in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff,” and that the White House had “requested additional information on some of the specific threats.”

“As you are probably aware, the level of threats and actual violence have increased the last few weeks and there are now some groups recognized for violence showing up at schools and school board meetings,” Slaven continued in his email, without presenting any evidence to back up his claims. “It is hoped the letter will also call out the bad behavior occurring and promote calmer thinking when people are debating these important issues.” He told the board members that the letter would be “embargoed” until the next day, when it would be made public.

In another email sent on October 2nd, Garcia said that “NSBA has been engaged with the White House and the Department of Education on these and other issues related to the pandemic for several weeks now.” She then claimed that “what we have witnessed are coordinated efforts, playbooks, for creating chaos at school board meetings and in local communities,” again without any proof. “What we are now seeing is a pattern of threats and violence occurring across state lines and via online platforms, which is why we need the federal government’s assistance.”

The NSBA’s original letter addressed the rising trend of parents protesting at school board meetings across the country. At the core of these protests are two far-left agendas that have been increasingly pushed in public schools over the last year: Critical Race Theory, the debunked concept that all White people are automatically racist, and that America is an inherently racist nation; and pro-“transgender” policies that allow students to decide their own gender, and to use restrooms and facilities of their choice. The latter policy has led to so-called “transgender” students, boys who “identify” as girls, raping female students in bathrooms.

In response to the NSBA’s request that parents who protest such policies be labeled as “domestic terrorists,” Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memo to the FBI requesting that law enforcement at all levels begin investigating these protests, claiming, without citing any specific examples, that these protests constituted “harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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