The Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is intervening in a Virginia conflict over Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposed, orderly transgender policies by offering the federal government’s “services in conflict resolution.”
Despite the absence of any documented hate crimes, emails from the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS) to local school board members were sent offering support and services as the state drafted a policy to ensure parents are part of the conversation about their child’s gender identity. The emails were sent after two activists were arrested at a Roanoke County, Virginia school board meeting for repeatedly yelling “protect trans lives” to disrupt the meeting.
The proposal, which was finalized on July 18th of 2021, states that no school should help a child transition to a different gender without parental consent, a policy that has come under attack due to the Trump-era DOJ's goal to eliminate the program’s funding.
Youngkin’s spokeswoman Macauley Porter denounced the Biden administration’s attempt to insert itself as a mediator in the state’s political disagreements.
“After playing into the false narrative that Loudoun County parents are domestic terrorists, it is trying to undermine Governor Youngkin’s new initiative to ensure that parents are part of the conversation about their own child’s identity in school,” said Porter. “The fact that the Biden DOJ hasn’t learned its lesson from the last time they overstepped their authority shows a stunning lack of judgment. During a time when they should be reinforcing Americans’ trust in our justice system, the progressive left at the DOJ is doing exactly the opposite: continuing to act as a political arm of the Democratic Party.”
Amy Condra, a CRS spokeswoman who includes gender pronouns in her emails, told The Daily Wire that government mediators can be invited into an area by “any of the stakeholders involved” or totally unsolicited. It remains unclear what prompted the DOJ to offer its services to the school board, as Condra did not respond to inquiries about hate crimes or other criminal activities present in Roanoke.
The CRS insists it is impartial, however, the organization makes clear its bias to the transgender issue, which has resulted in training programs geared towards law enforcement officers and an abundance of fact sheets in support of LGBTQI+ communities.
Additionally, the CRS contributes to the celebration of the “Transgender Day of Visibility” every March.
The Biden administration’s attempt to insert itself in the middle of a state political battle between a Republican governor and two activists raises questions about the justice system’s bias. It is unknown how deeply they intend to involve themselves in the local school board.