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Far-left Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone praised Joe Biden for his comment about Antifa from the first presidential debate, where he said, “Antifa’s an idea, not an organization.” This comes at a time when Iannarone leads incumbent Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) by double digits.

The eye-opening statement was made during Thursday night’s debate between the candidates running for Portland mayor. KGW-TV anchor and debate moderator Laural Porter asked Iannarone, “You’ve been called the ‘Antifa Mayor.’ Are you Antifa and how would that guide how you would handle protests as mayor?”

Iannarone responded, “I love that Joe Biden answered this question before me, because being opposed to fascism in 2020 is not something to be embarrassed about.”

“I have a bumper sticker from the beginning of my campaign that says #EverydayAntifascist,” Iannarone said. “And what I have tried to do is normalize peaceful responses to the rise of white nationalism by organizing in my community.”

“This summer when the Proud Boys came to town, I organized a menstrual product drive for my neighbors residing in the women’s center,” the Portland mayoral candidate answered. “Because the answer toxic masculinity is an inclusive, pluralist society where people of all backgrounds feel welcome.”

When she is asked if she is “Antifa,” Iannarone replied, “Antifa is not anything more than an idea, that’s what vice president Biden explained to us. It’s people who oppose anti-fascism. And I strongly oppose anti-fascism and I adopt and implement peaceful responses to that. And that is how I describe my position on this issue.”

“Donald Trump has decided to make the enemy of groups of people who oppose his bullies and his militia forces,” she continued. “But I’m not going to be caught up in that rhetoric because it’s false. It creates division in our society. It creates division in our city. What we need is every single Portlander faced in the right direction, saying ‘Hate is not welcome here.'”

Last year, Iannarone declared, “I am antifa. I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”
There is no shortage of footage from Portland of rioters, who appear to be Antifa supporters, causing massive damage to the city and businesses.

During the debate, a Portland resident asked Iannarone what she would do about the “dangerous and violent” riots and if she would stop the city from being burned down night-after-night.

Iannarone skirted the question about rioters, and instead said she would hold the police accountable.

“We need equal enforcement of the law regardless of who is engaging in criminal activity,” the candidate stated. “And as Portland mayor, I will not be able to control what any individual protester is doing in the streets. My job will be making sure that the police do their jobs, making sure they are held accountable for when they break procedure and even the law. That will be my job as Portland mayor, and ultimately, we’ll have a police force that’s well equipped to enforce the law without racial bias in the future.”

“I condemn violence in all forms,” Iannarone added. “I always have. But we must know that the answer to protests about police brutality cannot be increased police brutality.”

Speaking of skirts, Iannarone owns a skirt with some communist authoritarians printed on it, including Che Guevera, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao.

Iannarone gave the Washington Examiner an explanation for wearing the unusual skirt.

“The picture in question was taken with Reverend Billy, whose spectacle of the absurd is a treat whenever it comes to town,” Iannarone said. “I dressed flamboyantly that day in a skirt that features pop art — art that is meant to satirize the subjects. While most Americans are focused on stopping COVID from taking our lives and jobs, some internet commentators are focused on how I dressed during a performance art appearance in 2016. I’m focused on winning a Green New Deal and Housing for All Portlanders, not on false controversy meant to distract from real issues.”

According to a poll of likely voters, Iannarone holds a significant 11-point lead over current Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. The polls released this week found Iannarone at 41%, Wheeler at 30%, and the remaining 29% split between writing in a candidate (16%) or remaining undecided (13%), according to Willamette Week. The poll has a 4% margin of error.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Far-left Portland mayoral candidate praises Joe Biden for saying, ‘Antifa is an idea’

Saturday marked the 100th consecutive day of protests in Portland, but things escalated into violence, and police declared a riot after agitators threw Molotov cocktails and launched fireworks at law enforcement officers.

Hundreds of people gathered at Ventura Park in southeast Portland on around 7 p.m. on Saturday, including many dressed in all black clothing. Some of them donned helmets, gas masks, body armor, and a few were equipped with large shields.

Around 9 p.m., the crowd marched towards the east precinct, but Portland police stopped the procession. Police said the rioters then engaged in “tumultuous and violent conduct.”

At about 9:15 p.m., rioters began throwing fire bombs, shooting illegal fireworks, mortars, and hurling rocks at police officers. One rioter had a “wrist-rocket” type of slingshot. A Portland police sergeant was “struck by a commercial grade firework, which burned through his glove and injured his hand,” according to the Portland Police Bureau. Portland police responded with crowd control munitions, including tear gas and impact weapons.

One of the Molotov cocktails landed in front of the officers and ignited a large fire. A protester caught on fire from the inferno and frantically attempted to put out the flame by running around the street. Police say the Portland fire and rescue medics offered treatment to the man who caught on fire. “The injured person was later taken to a hospital by private vehicle,” authorities said.

Oregon state police troopers were also patrolling Portland on Saturday night. Last week, Oregon state police troopers were deputized by U.S. Marshals. The deputization lasts a year.

The state troopers will work alongside Portland police as well as “protect and defend federal government buildings and personnel during a civil disturbance” when necessary, Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said.

That means that an Oregon state police trooper can arrest someone for a federal crime and then turn the case over to a federal prosecutor instead of a state prosecutor.

This is a significant development since Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Shmidt announced last month that his office would not prosecute certain crimes during the ongoing protests. Included in those crimes that his office refused to prosecute is interfering with a peace officer or parole and probation officer, disorderly conduct in the second degree, criminal trespass in the first and second degree, escape in the third degree, harassment, and riot (unless accompanied by a charge outside of this list).

Rioters lit dumpsters, garbage cans, and wooden pallets on fire in the streets. Portland police said that over 50 people were arrested during Saturday’s civil unrest.

Saturday’s riot came a day after the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office unsealed court documents that give new insights into last weekend’s lethal shooting in Portland. The unsealed documents show that self-described Antifa member, Michael Forest Reinoehl, targeted Patriot Prayer members Aaron “Jay” Danielson and Chandler Pappas. Danielson was shot dead on Aug. 29.

A crowd of about 200 held a vigil for Danielson on Saturday near Portland, where Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson called for members not to seek revenge for Danielson’s death.

“I know that Jay would not want that,” Gibson said. “Jay wants us to stand up for what we believe in, and he does not want any more violence, guys. He does not want any more violence.”
Gibson also called for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) to apologize to Danielson’s family. Gibson said Wheeler enabled “a culture of lawlessness” that he claimed resulted in the death of Danielson.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Portland protester catches on fire after rioters throw Molotov cocktails and launch fireworks at police

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo told President Donald Trump to stay away from New York City because “people don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

On Wednesday, Cuomo lashed out at the president after Trump announced he would look into slashing federal funds to New York City and other cities experiencing recent crime surges.

“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo warned Trump. “New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Cuomo said in a press briefing on Wednesday night, as reported in the New York Post.

Of Trump’s review into federal funding of New York City, Cuomo said, “It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City.”

“President Trump has actively been trying to kill New York City ever since he’s been elected,” Cuomo said.

“I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him, always. He was dismissed as a clown in New York City; those who know him best, like him least.”

“Look, the best thing he did for New York City was leave,” Cuomo said. “Good riddance, let him go to Florida, be careful not to get COVID.”

Cuomo continued to jab the president by saying, “Nobody took him seriously and he was just a tabloid cartoon.”

At the end of the call, Cuomo seemed to attempt to walk back his remarks to President Trump that could be construed as threats.

“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City,” Cuomo said. “And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”

Both men are natives of the Queens borough of New York City.

On Thursday morning, President Trump reacted to Cuomo’s comments by going on the offensive about the New York governor’s handling of the coronavirus.

“Governors [sic] Andrew Cuomo of New York has the worst record on death and China Virus,” the president said. “11,000 people alone died in Nursing Homes because of his incompetence!”

“@NYGovCuomo should get his puppet New York prosecutors, who have been illegally after me and my family for years, to investigate his incompetent handling of the China Virus, and all of the deaths caused by this incompetence,” Trump tweeted. “It is at minimum a Nursing Home Scandal – 11,000 DEAD!”

Trump was referring to the directive Cuomo issued on March 25, requiring nursing home facilities to accept patients who were positive for COVID-19. Last month, an Associated Press report stated that the number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes and long-term care facilities “could actually be a significant undercount.”

Trump also called for the firing of Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris Cuomo.

“Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN? He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time. Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!”

Trump was referring to apparent leaked audio of CNN host Chris Cuomo discussing alleged sexual harassment claims made against him during an alleged conversation with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Wednesday night’s personal attack on the president by Andrew Cuomo was spurred by Trump’s call for a review of all federal funds provided to cities that he deemed to be “anarchist jurisdictions;” which include Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington, New York City, and Portland, Oregon.

“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” the presidential memo said. “To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”

The memo cited the decision in June to disband the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime units and added, “Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut one billion dollars from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget, including by cancelling the hiring of 1,163 officers.”

“Likewise, in New York City, city officials have allowed violence to spike,” the memo continued. “In late May and early June, State and local officials allowed looting to take place for over a week, resulting in damage to an estimated 450 businesses.”

“As of August 16, there have been 896 shootings in New York this year, compared to 492 shootings during the same period last year,” the president’s memo stated. “The shooting victims include children as young as 1 year old. Shootings have been rising in recent weeks, and police reported 244 shootings last month compared to 88 in July 2019 — a 177 percent increase.”

The memo added that in a “28-day period during the months of June and July, arrests were down 62 percent from the same period in 2019.”

“In light of this unconscionable rise in violence, I have offered to provide Federal law enforcement assistance, but both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have rejected my offer,” Trump wrote in the memo.

On Wednesday night, Trump wrote on Twitter: “My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today.”

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Andrew Cuomo attacks President Trump: ‘Better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York’; Trump retaliates

A video of Black Lives Matter protesters harassing diners in Washington, D.C., went viral this week. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) condemned the behavior seen in the videos and instructed people to call the cops if they are being harassed by abusive protesters.

“What I saw in those videos was highly inappropriate, it was likely against the law if they were on private property but more importantly, I don’t think it had anything to do with demands for social justice,” Bowser said Wednesday, according to Washington Post reporter Fenit Nirappil.

“We would encourage any diner or restaurant to call the police immediately,” Bowser advised.

“I would venture to say that the vast majority of those experiences have been 100 percent positive,” Bowser said of dining experiences in Washington, D.C. “I also don’t think that D.C. residents would be bullied out of living their everyday lives.”

Bowser was reacting to a viral video of a mob of protesters harassing diners in the Adams Morgan neighborhood that was shared by Washington Post writer Frederick Kunkle on Tuesday. Video shows the demonstrators demanding that all of the diners at a restaurant raise their fists in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“In a scene that played out several times Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest that began in Columbia Heights confronted White diners outside D.C. restaurants, chanting ‘White silence is violence!’ and demanding White diners show their solidarity,” Kunkle wrote on Twitter.

“In Adams Morgan, protesters screamed at Lauren B. Victor for several minutes for refusing to raise her fist with them. ‘Are you a Christian?’ a female protester demanded,” Kunkle said.

“I felt I was under attack,” Victor said, according to Kunkle. “In the moment, it didn’t feel right.”

“I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me,” Victor reportedly said. “I’m very much with them. I’ve been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.”

Another video of restaurant patrons being harassed went viral this week. The leftist mob demands that everyone at the restaurant raise their hands in solidarity. When two diners don’t comply, they are shamed and have profanities screamed at them.

Earlier this month, Black Lives Matter protesters harassed people eating dinner in the D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown. The demonstrators also shouted and banged pots in an effort to wake up a residents late at night.

Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality have escalated this week following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, according to his father.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: DC mayor tells diners to call cops on abusive protesters, condemns ‘highly inappropriate’ behavior of BLM demonstrators

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called for “unrest in the streets” on Saturday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.”

“I’m looking to the public. You know, this is as much about public outcry, and organizing, and mobilizing, and applying pressure so that this GOP-led Senate and these governors that continue to carry water for this administration, putting the American people in harm’s way, turning a deaf ear to the needs of our families and our communities, hold them accountable. Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up,” Pressley said of President Donald Trump’s allies.

“There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives and unfortunately there’s plenty to go around.” Pressley told “AM Joy” guest host Tiffany Cross.

Cross replied, “I have, I have no retort to that, congresswoman. That’s, that’s certainly accurate.”

This isn’t the first time that Pressley has called for “unrest in the streets.”

“There will be unrest in the streets for as long as the is unrest in the lives of Black Americans,” Pressley told Jim Braude on WGBH News’ “Greater Boston” in June.

Pressley also said U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is “corrupt” and demanded that he “must resign.”

“He has to be held accountable,” Pressley stated. “So in my letter, we call for his resignation, but at a bare minimum, he must be subpoenaed to come before the Oversight Committee and to be taken to account for the way in which he has contributed to attempts to undermine our democracy by dismantling the United States Postal Service.”

In the Aug. 8 letter to DeJoy from over 80 House members, including four Republicans, they “express deep concerns” about recent changes at the USPS.

“We are writing to express deep concerns about operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could have negative impacts on service standards and cause significant delays in mail delivery,” the letter read. “It is vital that the U.S. Postal Service does not reduce mail delivery hours, which could harm rural communities, seniors, small businesses, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail for critical letters and packages.”

A demonstration was held outside of DeJoy’s Northwest D.C. home on Saturday by hundreds of protesters.

However, the USPS was on rocky ground before DeJoy was appointed as U.S. Postmaster General on June 15, 2020.

In April, then-Postmaster General Megan Brennan, DeJoy’s predecessor who was appointed in 2015 when Barack Obama was president, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic will increase the Postal Service’s net operating loss by more than $22 billion dollars over the next 18 months and by over $54 billion dollars over the longer term, threatening our ability to operate.”

On June 1, there was a Wall Street Journal report that said the USPS is “bogged down,” and staffing issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic “delayed some packages for days and even weeks.”

“Coronavirus has also taken a toll on postal workers,” the WSJ report said. “About 2,830 of the Postal Service’s 630,000 employees have tested positive for Covid-19, a spokeswoman said, ‘with some deaths.’ Unions representing postal workers said this week that more than 60 workers have died.”

The General Accounting Office, a government agency that provides auditing and analysis for Congress, said in 2019, “USPS financial viability continues to be high risk because USPS cannot fund its current level of services and financial obligations from its revenues.”

“USPS’s overall financial condition is deteriorating and unsustainable,” the GAO’s 2019 High-Risk update read. “USPS has lost $69 billion over the past 11 fiscal years—including $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2018. USPS’s total unfunded liabilities and debt ($143 billion at the end of fiscal year 2018) have grown to double its annual revenue.”

Cross ended the interview with Pressley by saying, “I’m looking forward to hearing from you all week as we kick off the Democratic national convention.”

However, Pressley was not invited to speak at the 2020 DNC. Other “squad” members, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), also did not get tapped to speak at the convention. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley calls for ‘unrest in the streets,’ targets Trump’s allies

Hundreds of demonstrators attended the “Rescue America” rally in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. The pro-Trump march was organized by the #WalkAway Foundation, a campaign that “encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today.”

The group supporting President Donald Trump were carrying “Make America Great Again” signs and American flags as they marched to Beverly Gardens Park. Many held “#WalkAway” signs encouraging California liberals to leave the Democratic Party.

“We’re doing these rallies because we wanted to show the radical left who’s been smashing windows, committing acts of violence, committing acts of vandalism they do not own America’s streets,” Brandon Starka, the founder of #WalkAway, said on Saturday. “We’re going to fight for the heart and soul of America, so this is our third one. Next week we’ll be in Milwaukee and we’ll basically be doing ‘Rescue America’ rallies around the country for now through the end of the year.”

Singer Joy Villa, who famously stunned many when she wore a pro-Trump dress that said “Make America Great Again” to the 2017 Grammy Awards, was one of the speakers at the “Rescue America” rally. Other notable attendees include actors Scott Baio and Lorenzo Lamas.

The Beverly Hills Police Department said the rally was a peaceful protest and no arrests were made. There were a few counter-protesters, including a Black Lives Matter supporter who made the mistake of approaching political commentator Shemeka Michelle.

Another #WalkAway supporter, who calls herself “RedPill Rage,” said that she isn’t black, but defined herself as an “American” instead.

(Content Warning: The following video contains strong language):

“We’re a movement of people who are walking away from the Democratic party,” Straka said. “We’re walking away from the ideology of liberalism, the liberal media…basically, we want to live in a country with peace and civility…truthfulness, kindness and again, we’re not getting that from the political left so we’re walking away from the Democrats.”

The #WalkAway organization says its members are leaving the Democratic Party.

We are walking away from the lies, the false narratives, the fake news, the race-baiting, the victim narrative, the violence, the vandalism, the vitriol. We are walking away from a party driven by hate. We are walking toward patriotism and a new, unified America! We are the future of this great nation!

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Hundreds gather in Beverly Hills for pro-Trump ‘Rescue America’ rally, encouraging Californians to walk away from Democratic party

The St. Louis couple says the gun was a ‘prop’ for a court case and has been disabled ever since

The handgun Patricia McCloskey was armed with when a large group of protesters marched near her home in St. Louis was inoperable when seized by police. A St. Louis prosecutor ordered the crime lab to dismantle and then reassemble the firearm to make it functional, according to a report from KSDK-TV.

St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey brandished firearms after 500 protesters marched into a gated community in the affluent Central West End neighborhood on June 28. The two St. Louis attorneys stood outside their home and were ready to protect their property.

St. Louis police served a search warrant on the McCloskeys earlier this month. Police confiscated the couple’s guns that they were holding during the encounter with demonstrators in June — an AR-15 and a handgun. Patricia McCloskey’s handgun was inoperable when it was seized by law enforcement.

The McCloskeys said that the handgun was purposely made inoperable. The firearm was allegedly used as a “prop” so that it could be brought into a courtroom for a lawsuit the couple once filed against a gun manufacturer. The handgun had its firing pin rendered inoperable to make it safe to bring into the courtroom. The couple claim they never reassembled the gun to enable it to be functional.

Mark McCloskey appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” earlier this week, where he hinted that the firearms were taken by law enforcement to see if they were operational and that there would soon be “some revelations.”

“The technicality of the law is, they have to determine whether or not the weapons were readily capable of being fatal or causing serious bodily harm, and so they have to take them and test them and that sort of thing,” McCloskey told Tucker Carlson. “There will be some revelations about that.”

A member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble the handgun. Once it was reassembled correctly, the gun was “readily capable of lethal use.”

“Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing,” according to documents obtained by KSDK.

Prosecutors had the crime lab reassemble Patricia McCloskey’s handgun. The crime lab test-fired the handgun successfully. It was restored as a “deadly weapon” on Monday.

Also on Monday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed charges against the McCloskeys with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Gardner alleged that the McCloskeys waved their weapons in a “threatening manner” at “peaceful, unarmed protesters.”

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in a nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” Gardner wrote.

The McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, told KSDK that the St. Louis couple intentionally misplaced the firing pin on the handgun and that it was in that condition when Patricia McCloskey waved it at protesters and when it was turned in to their former attorney Al Watkins.

“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.

On Sunday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he would consider a pardon in the McCloskeys’ case.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Patricia McCloskey’s ​gun was inoperable when seized, so a St. Louis prosecutor ordered crime lab to reassemble it and make it operational

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is among the shortlist of potential running mates for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said she is open to listening to arguments for removing statues of founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Duckworth made the comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Show host Dana Bash asked Duckworth: “Senator, I know that you support change in the name of military bases named after Confederate leaders, but there are leaders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who were slave owners. And some people are demanding their monuments come down, too. In your view, where does it end? Should statues, for example, of George Washington come down?”

Duckworth originally put off answering the question about removing statues, and instead focused on President Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore on the eve of Fourth of July.

“Well, let me just say we should start off by having a national dialogue on it at some point,” Duckworth said. “But right now we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. And one of our countries that are opposed to us, Russia, has put a bounty on American troops’ heads.”

What really struck me about this speech that the president gave at Mount Rushmore was that he spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates than he did talking about the lives of our 130,000 Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19, or by warning Russia off of the bounties they’re putting on Americans’ heads,” the Democratic senator said.

“His priorities are all wrong here,” she continued. “He should be talking about what we’re going to do to overcome this pandemic. What are we going to do to push Russia back? Instead, he had no time for that. He spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”

Bash then reiterated her question, and asked if removing statues of Washington is a “good idea.”

“I think we should listen to everybody,” Duckworth responded. “I think we should listen to the argument there, but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty.”

Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is in favor of putting historical statues up for review as to whether they should be removed or not.

The argument for removing monuments of former presidents Washington and Jefferson is because they were slave owners. The movement to tear down historical statues has gained traction following the George Floyd protests.

A statue commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was voted to be removed in Boston, and there is pressure to tear down an Honest Abe statue in Wisconsin. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is removing a statue of Theodore Roosevelt.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she’s open to tearing down George Washington, Thomas Jefferson statues

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