It has been revealed that Southern Poverty Law Center officials have met with President Biden and White House officials at least 11 times since he took office.
The Daily Signal revealed that SPLC Chief Police Officer LaShawn Warren visited the White House to meet with Biden most recently, on February 16, 2023. This meeting came shortly before the Biden administration recruited the SPLC to serve on an antisemitism coalition. Warren also visited with Biden on September 15, 2022.
On December 6, 2022, SPLC Director of Political Campaigns Brandon Jones met with deputy social secretary to the vice president Amamda Trocola.
Joseph Levin, emeritus member of the SPLC’s board of directors, met with director of management and administration for the Office of the Vice President Cynthia Bernstein on two occasions, once on December 28 and once on December 30, 2022. Levin also met with Biden on July 4, 2022.
Joshua Bekenstein, an SPLC board of directors member, met with Biden on September 13, 2022. SPLC deputy legal director for its Economic Justice Practice Group Kirsten Anderson met with the president on November 30, 2022. Margaret Huang, the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center and its lobbying arm, the SPLC Action Fund, met with Biden twice, once on May 20, 2021, and once on July 7, 2022. Waikinya Clanton, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi state office, met with Biden on April 8, 2022.
The visit that has received the most attention however is one that took place on January 6, 2023 between SPLC Intelligence Project Director Susan Corke and National Security Council Counterterrorism Director John Picarelli.
According to The Daily Signal, the Intelligence Project was launched by the SPLC to monitor the Ku Klux Klan, and now publishes the "hate map," which the group Moms for Liberty was added to in June.
At the Moms for Liberty Summit in Philadelphia, Libby Emmons asked Megan Brock about being classified as a "domestic extremist" by the SPLC. She said "It's a bunch of moms who drive minivans and care about their kids education. I guess that's extremism."
In addition to adding 230 Moms for Liberty chapters to the list of "hate groups" on their website, 12 chapters of Parental Rights in Education, No Left Turn in Education, as well as other groups that involve parents having authority over their child's education were also added.
In the report titled, "Year in Hate and Extremism," the SPLC writes "Schools, especially, have been on the receiving end of ramped-up and coordinated hard-right attacks, frequently through the guise of 'parents' rights' groups."
"These groups were, in part, spurred by the right-wing backlash to COVID-19 public safety measures in schools," the report says. "But they have grown into an anti-student inclusion movement that targets any inclusive curriculum that contains discussions of race, discrimination and LGBTQ identities."
"At the forefront of this mobilization is Moms for Liberty, a Florida-based group with vast connections to the GOP that this year the SPLC designated as an extremist group," the report notes. "They can be spotted at school board meetings across the country wearing shirts and carrying signs that declare, 'We do NOT CO-PARENT with the GOVERNMENT.'"
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