There's a large number of policies here that would likely fall under this wheelhouse. I'll limit it to a couple of topics McCarthy himself mentioned, of late.
Parents as Domestic Terrorists
On Oct 4, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a directive to investigate parents allegedly threatening school board members. The problem is it was issued mere days after a deeply controversial letter to President Biden which labeled parents as "domestic terrorists", and called on the DoJ (headed by AG Garland) to investigate them as such
As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes. As such, NSBA requests a joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, along with the appropriate training, coordination, investigations, and enforcement mechanisms from the FBI, including any technical assistance necessary from, and state and local coordination with, its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agency with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight. Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure. As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations showing up at school board meetings is being reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue.
The National School Boards Association is an independent trade group (i.e. non-governmental), but the letters were widely connected in intent. AG Garland has never used the phrase to describe parents, but apparently the White House coordinated with the NSBA on the letter
In the September 14, 2021 meeting of the OSAED liaison group, they were informed there had been a meeting with White House staff that morning and that NSBA was preparing to send a letter to the President, Subsequently, on September 17, 2021, the interim Executive Director emailed notice to the state association executive directors that indicated a letter requesting federal assistance would be sent.
Many Republicans, including McCarthy, have drawn a stronger connection as a result
The other thing that comes with a new majority is you're able to hold this in administration accountable. We're able to stand up to an attorney general who goes after parents and calls them terrorists if they want to go to a school board meeting.
To make matters worse, the "poster child" of parents allegedly behaving badly is a man named Scott Smith. Smith was arrested and dragged out of a Loudon County school board meeting in an agitated state. When reporters on the Right investigated, they found that Loudon County had covered the rape of his daughter up. Incoming VA governor Glen Youngkin demanded resignations and noted the same thing
"The FBI needs to stop trying to silence parents in Virginia… and investigate this entire circumstance," Youngkin said.
I expect to see AG Garland before the House Judiciary Committee at some point on this issue.
Curriculum - Critical Race Theory and other efforts
McCarthy directly took to CRT on his Twitter.
CRT is a bit harder to define in politics, because it has been misapplied, but let's take a definition from someone closer to McCarthy's views, for the sake of argument
- Systemic Racism
- Race Drives Beliefs and Behaviors
- White Privilege
- The System Won’t Allow Non-Whites to Succeed
- Equity Replaces Equality
If we come at it from this standpoint, McCarthy makes more sense. Take, for instance, the NY Times' 1619 Project (which now has educational curriculum). The criticisms of that project are instructive
On August 19 of last year I listened in stunned silence as Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times, repeated an idea that I had vigorously argued against with her fact-checker: that the patriots fought the American Revolution in large part to preserve slavery in North America.
Things only go downhill from there. Jones rewrites US history to provide the viewpoint that the US was founded by slaveowners for the express purpose of African slavery. From that CRT lens, you can then redefine everything in terms of white oppressing blacks. That's not merely their interpretation. It's literally what Jones originally said.
The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
This goes well beyond education, in the minds of those like McCarthy. And it's on-par with other influential voices like Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi, who both espouse the same CRT-esque viewpoint. And there's a case to be made that this viewpoint is actively being taught in many school systems.