The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) set up a recruitment table at an LGBTQ Pride event in South Carolina, prompting backlash across social media with people accusing the federal law enforcement agency of political bias.
The FBI announced on X that its Charlotte branch attended a recent Pride event in an effort to recruit attendees to the Bureau and to discuss the agency's commitment to protecting civil rights.
“Recently, @FBICharlotte participated in a Pride event where the FBI spoke to attendees about career opportunities and the work the Bureau does to protect civil rights,” the Bureau said on X.
At a time when the Biden administration has weaponized the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to target political opponents and conservatives across the country, which includes parents protesting school board meetings, the FBI's announcement failed to sit well with individuals across social media. Mostly because Pride events have been the scene of public nudity, indecent exposure, and sexually explicit behavior towards minors over the past few years, with those that lean politically to the right referring to them as “grooming events.”
Individuals questioned the FBI's priorities and called out the Bureau for recruiting said “groomers.” Some of the comments include:
“Y’all already had a grooming problem before this so I’m not surprised this is the route you’re going.”
“I'm going to reference this post whenever someone tries to tell me the FBI is a politically unbiased institution and it would never operate in a way which benefits one political party over another.”
“The only reason the FBI should be at a Pride event is in an undercover capacity given the rise is trans motivated attacks and widespread child grooming.”
“Does the FBI set up booths at MAGA events? I'd guess that conservatives are severely underrepresented in FBI ranks, especially the leadership levels. Is there any outreach to encourage them applying?”
“How many pedophiles did the FBI arrest when y’all were there?”
“The FBI is hiring groomers now.”
“Taking time off from investigating normal parents?”
The FBI included a link to its website regarding the agency's outreach programs and encouraged people to “learn about opportunities to participate in #FBI community programs near you.”
The federal law enforcement agency has been under mass scrutiny over the past few years. A report released by the House Judiciary Committee in 2022 detailed allegations of misconduct and political bias within the FBI under the Biden administration. The report detailed how the agency alters and manipulates data to better fit a predetermined narrative from the Biden administration about domestic extremism and purges employees with conservative views and those who dissent from diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Presidential GOP candidates such as former President Donald Trump, who is the current Republican frontrunner, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy have vowed to terminate, defund, and transform the FBI in order to rid the agency of targeted weaponization toward Americans.