Forget what your lying eyes have been telling you. Just close your eyes, click your heels, and say, “There’s no place like CNN” three times. When you open your eyes you will see Jeffery “Me” Toobin spanking his monkey. From the looks of it, that primate must have been very, very bad.
Most people who were arrested during nationwide protests of racial injustice and police brutality were young suburban adults as opposed to the left-wing extremists groups that President Trump and his allies have repeatedly targeted, an analysis from the Associated Press finds.
Many people charged were young suburban adults from the neighborhoods that Trump vows to protect from violence, AP reports. Very few people charged appeared to be affiliated with highly-organized extremist groups.
Some of those facing charges share views that are radical and anti- government, AP found. Some defendants drove to protests from out of state, while others have criminal records and were illegally carrying weapons. Others are accused of using the protests as a chance to steal or create havoc.
The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor set off weeks of protests, and more protests have come in the wake of other police shootings, such as that of Jacob Blake.
Despite the fact that most protests have been peaceful, Trump has sought to capitalize on “law and order” as a major part of his reelection campaign. He repeatedly paints the protests, which mostly happen in Democratic cities, as violent and lawless.
“I know about antifa, and I know about the radical left,” Trump said during his NBC town hall last Thursday. “And I know how violent they are and how vicious they are, and I know how they are burning down cities run by Democrats.”
Yet many protestors have had no previous run-ins with the law and no apparent ties to antifa, a far-left extremist group, AP found in its analysis. In fact, AP only found one mention of antifa in which authorities said it was investigating “suspected ANTIFA activity associated with the protests” when a man fired at officers. They did not claim that the man accused of firing the shots is a member of antifa.
However, the aggressive handling of protesters continues on; Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to aggressively charge protesters with crimes, and even encouraged them to charge protesters with sedition. He’s also pushed to detain protesters while they await trials, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Apparently, being young and living in the suburbs (in mom’s basement) makes it impossible for someone to be a violent extremist. Funny, but I don’t recall Trump claiming they were not suburbans kids.
“Those aren’t suburban kids, they’re extremists!”
Lots of the 60s radicals were from the ‘burbs too. As were the majority of the Manson Family, the Weather Underground, the hippies, and the antiwar movement. The Left has been radicalizing young people for over a century now. So all these rioters we’ve been watching loot and burn our cities like a barbarian horde are just regular Democrats.
The article (and the original AP article) does not mention how they determined who were the extremists and who were not. Antifa does not publish its membership roster. Supposedly they don’t have one, nor do they have an offical spokesman/woman/person/he/she/it.
If I was the person (not) in charge of Antifa I would tell all the members if they are ever questioned by the press or the police they should deny being a member of Antifa. That would make RICO charges more difficult.
As for that whole “mostly peaceful” bullshit, the only definition that makes any kind of sense is if the violent extremists are less than half of the total crowd, it is mostly peaceful. By that definition, Charlottesville was a mostly peaceful protest too.
At what point does a peaceful protest become a violent riot? How many violent assaults, arsons, lootings, and/or murders does it take? If you have a group of 1000 protestors and just 2% of them are violent, then you have 20 people committing arsons and felony assaults. Having watched a few videos from these riots I would say that the violent ones are far more than 2% of Leftist protestors. I typically see two kinds of Democrat protestors:
1. Antifa/BLM thug types who use/advocate violence with the goal of overthrowing the current system.
2. Hippie peaceniks who want Antifa/BLM thug types to use violence to overthrow the current system.
The most disturbing development this year is prosecutors who will not prosecute Antifa/BLM violence but will move heaven and earth to prosecute anyone who attempts to defend himself and/or his property.