AP's fact check falsely claims NSBA never requested protesting parents to be labeled as 'domestic terrorists'

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The Associated Press backfired in its attempt to “fact-check” criticism against the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) letter to the Department of Justice on Wednesday.

The Associated Press attempted to fact-check critical race theory opponent Christopher Rufo for his tweet criticizing the NSBA’s request for the FBI to label school board protests as “domestic terrorism.”

“The National School Boards Association asked the feds to crack down on anti-critical race theory protests as ‘domestic terrorism,’” Rufo tweeted.

The Associated Press listed the claim as false, writing “Contrary to false claims circulating online, the National School Boards Association didn’t ask President Joe Biden to label protesting parents ‘domestic terrorists,’ and there’s no indication Biden or the Justice Department called them terrorists, either.”

The request from the NSBA faced pushback from parents by suggesting that parents in opposition to school policies are akin to “domestic terrorists.” Following the request, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced intentions to have the Department of Justice and the FBI investigate protests against school board members.

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