In a case of Orwellian doublespeak, the president claimed to be “an ally of peaceful protestors” while tear gas and rubber bullets were fired to disburse crowds near the White House so he could walk across the street to stand on the steps of a church he doesn’t attend and flash a Bible he is unlikely to have read. Days later, he ordered troops to confront and intimidate peaceful protestors on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, further demonstrating that he is the true threat to our republic and our democratic institutions. U.S. Park Police, Arlington Police, D.C. Metro Police and the Secret Service have all denied using any kind of tear gas on peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square last Monday, even though numerous canisters were recovered by journalists on the scene. The kinds of authoritarian actions taken by this president over the last week are what I have feared since he was first elected in November 2016.

I am not a fan of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and his brand of vulture capitalism, but it’s important to give credit where it is due, so I am obliged to point out that he joined a thousand evangelical Christians marching in support of  Black Lives Matter in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Romney told reporters that he was participating in the demonstration “to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”

JC Dufresne is a liberal activist and current member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, representing Senate District 25.

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JWard

Russia.....Russia.......Russia.....is over. Covid-19 is dying. Doing what is right is not defunding or eliminating the police. This latest narrative from the Left is a scary thought for most Americans and a loser for the Democratic Party. Hindsight will show that this issue was the tipping point that pulled Trump across the finish line. Once again, we must vote for the lesser of two evils. I will vote for Trump because he is the guy without dementia.

Shepard

As always, Mr Dufresne seems to blame people for the actions of others, and minimize the negatives of those he supports. Let’s look at a few of those.

“The President claimed to be an ally of the peaceful protesters...”. Well sir, he is. While I believe he made an error in judgement in his making the walk to the church, I don’t believe that he ordered the firing of nor shouldered the rifle which launched the pepper canisters into the crowds. In addition sir, you gloss over beautifully the fact that these same protesters were asked multiple times to please move back to an adjacent area. Failure to follow directions, to confront law enforcement, especially in a sensitive area like DC has consequences.

The Lincoln Memorial. Was the action taken by law enforcement before or after the defacement of the monument; I can’t remember....

“authoritarian actions taken by this president over the last week are what I feared..”. Which actions that the President directed were authoritarian exactly? Was it he who directed police in Atlanta or Seattle to fire tear gas or rubber bullets? Well, considering that was done in Democratic strongholds gives lie to that statement. Was it the bluster and unfortunate ‘tweets’ (an infantile and pathetic attempt of modern communication used today) that directed the use of force? Or was it the people rock throwing, looting, rioting, defacing of public property? Mmmm, wondering if we can find the order from the President that directed the San Antonio or Austin police to use force during the night against the peaceful protesters.

The President certainly had poor advice when he advocated the involvement of the US military for any action during the protesting, as these events occurring are within the jurisdiction of the state governors, not the Federal government, but he did not deploy any troops. The state governors did deploy national guard troops, under their authority, to contain the destruction of property and civil unrest, as is their right and duty. The President did not do so (with the exception of Washington DC which is his right), the elected governors did.

I see that our own Sheriff Zwicke is to be the subject of malicious statement by you as well. It is an incontrovertible fact that the vast majority of contact between law enforcement and citizens is nonviolent. Also a fact that escalation of the vast majority of violent events is due to people not following basic and simple instructions. By insulting the Sheriff and therefore implying that all violent events between citizens and police are the result of law enforcement aggression is as it seems, a lie.

Though I believe that we are here in this time for a reason, and many changes are required to bring us round, simply dragging Republicans, the sitting President and Congressmen, our Sheriff through the mud and insulating they are racist is beyond contemptible. To state that we should march for BLM or our elected leaders should is ridiculous. I want those leaders where they are required to be; reviewing, writing an enacting laws to change things, not giving the allusion of solidarity as many notables are doing as they ‘discover their own latent racism’.

Let me remind you sir of one glaring fact; your own party is in control of the vast majority of cities where the violence is, as well as where the accusations against police departments are being hurled.

Look in the mirror today, you may be surprised at what you see....

Shepard

Hey there Mr. Dufresne, I see your friends took down the statues of Jefferson, Washington, Keys and Grant! I see where your politics are taking us sir, and applaud your drive to find us the lowest spot on the world stage.

The common denominator in these events, including the police brutality charges, are DEMOCRAT controlled cities and localities. How about you explain that in your next article.

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