21 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-3-20

  1. Fake news and false narratives.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/06/02/that-white-nationalists-causing-george-floyd-riot-chaos-talking-point-took-anothe-n2569882

    “That ‘White Nationalists Causing George Floyd Riot Chaos’ Talking Point Took Another Devastating Blow”

    “It was yet another night of rioting and looting. Granted, in some areas, the chaos was not nearly as bad as the previous night. Fox News’ Kevin Corke reported that while last night’s law enforcement response was not perfect, it wasn’t nearly as anarchic. That’s probably because every law enforcement agency and their mother were out to ensure the curfew was enforced. For Democrats out there struggling to figure out how to control their cities, a big police presence pretty much ensures law and order is re-established. Just saying. Yet, as the rioting intensified over the past couple of days, especially in Minneapolis, there was this ridiculous talking point that right-wing extremists, specifically white nationalist groups, were creating the chaos. That’s not true.

    The reason why the nation is engulfed in flames right now is due to the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. He was arrested for using a fake $20 bill at a local store. Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes, which resulted in his death. It was a nonviolent crime. Floyd was unarmed. And now Chauvin has been fired and facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The three other officers with him were also fired. All of this is captured on video, with Floyd crying out that he couldn’t breathe.

    Minneapolis saw some of the worst riots. Our own Julio Rosas was there covering the chaos. A police headquarters was overrun and torched by rioters, looting was pervasive, and vandalism widespread. Gov. Tim Walz doled out that talking point, that may be the rioting was caused by white supremacist groups. Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety couldn’t back that up. Also, it was simply not true. A former British Army counterintelligence officer who now specializes in crowd management said based on his reports, the far right is not there. He did warn that those who are creating havoc are “hard-core” guys (via USA Today):

    The real hard-core guys, this is their job: They’re involved in this struggle,” said Adam Leggat, a former British Army counterterrorism officer who now works as a security consultant specializing in crowd management for the Densus Group. “They need protests on the street to give them cover to move in.”

    […]

    “There are detractors. There are white supremacists. There are anarchists,” Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said Saturday afternoon.

    However, a civil arrest list provided by the public information officer of the St. Paul Police Department shows 12 of the 18 people arrested from Thursday through 6 a.m. Saturday were from Minnesota. Five of them are from St. Paul, three are from Woodbury (part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area), two are from Minneapolis, one is from Mankato and one is from St. Louis Park. Four are from out of state and two did not have cities of residence listed.

    […]

    Leggat, the security consultant, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance. He said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment.

    And now, in New York City, it appears anarchists are the ones creating the mayhem. Not even the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is biased as anything, couldn’t find evidence of white supremacists (via NYT) [emphasis mine]:”

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    “Signs of any organized effort or even participation in the violence were relatively rare. “I have not seen any clear evidence that white supremacists or militiamen are masking up and going out to burn and loot,” said Howard Graves, a research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks white supremacist and other anti-government extremist groups.

    Yeah, these aren’t right-wing groups, anarchists are also not white supremacists. The media has a herculean task of making Democrats look good in an election year. Well, you can’t do that when all Democrat-led areas are on fire because their leadership is weak and allowed portions of their cities to be surrendered to the mob for destruction. So, you blame white supremacists in yet another pathetic and failed effort to tie them to the Trump administration because that’s what liberal media outlets do to any Republican that occupies the Oval Office. And then, reality slaps them in the face. Sorry, liberal media, this narrative is dying. It’s probably already dead. You propped up the Trump-Russia collusion myth, one of the most embarrassing exercises in recent memory. Don’t do this with these phantom right-wingers setting fires everywhere. The evidence is not there. ”

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    Need a new meme. This one is busted.

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  2. This does not advance your cause.

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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-toll-grows-national-protests-082145370.html

    “Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest”

    “One man was a retired St. Louis police captain checking on his friend’s shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a man known as “Mr. Indianapolis,” a former star football player.

    They are among those killed as protests have roiled American cities in the week since the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis officer jammed a knee into his neck.

    The deaths, as well as widespread peaceful protests, have at times been overshadowed by the shocking images of heavy-handed police tactics, vandalism and arson. Dozens have been injured in the chaos.

    Many of the people killed were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black communities.”

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    Nothing. That’s what it does.

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  3. These aren’t right wingers, these are Antifa.

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2020/06/02/two-nyc-molotov-throwers-attorneys-identified/

    “Two More NYC Molotov Throwers (Both Attorneys!) Identified”

    “A couple of days ago we looked at the case of Samantha Shader, the young New York City woman who has been charged with four counts of attempted murder after throwing a lit Molotov cocktail into an NYPD van with officers inside. Thankfully she failed in her attempt when the bomb refused to explode. But some of her fellow travelers were more successful, using the incendiary devices to destroy other emergency response vehicles. Two of them have now not only been identified, but significant evidence is building up that should ensure they are taken out of action for a very long time.

    Jonathan Turley has all the details of this dynamic duo on his website. Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, are both attorneys in the Big Apple. Or at least they were until very recently. Mattis was the driver of the van seen pulling up near at least one NYPD vehicle and Rahman was the woman who (with apparently more skill than Shader) threw a lit Molotov into it, whereupon it exploded and destroyed the car. That would be enough for some serious charges to start with, but as Turley reports, new video evidence has emerged showing that the pair was attempting to distribute Molotovs to other rioters in the area. That may be why the feds are involved and why the pair could be facing charges of domestic terrorism.

    I would expect that additional charges might be sought now that authorities are saying that they were trying to distribute the Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint now includes the allegations that “Rahman attempted to distribute Molotov cocktails to the witness and others so that those individuals could likewise use the incendiary devices in furtherance of more destruction and violence.” The use of the federal system is also likely to produce a longer sentence in a case of this kind, particularly if they can show a broader conspiracy or interstate movements or communications.

    The new allegation reflects premeditation and planning to unleash multiple fire bombings. The FBI is likely looking at the ownership of the van and anyone who may have rendered material support. The case is framed perfectly as a test case of the Administration treating defendants as domestic terrorists under the definition in subsection 5 of 18 U.S.C. 2331:

    The definition of domestic terrorism as used in United States legal code is still being hashed out over time, but these two certainly seem to fill the bill. It looks like the paper trail may exist to get them acquiring and assembling all of the components required to create firebombs. And they “conspired” to do it together. They then were seen attempting to enlist others to make use of the bombs.”

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  4. So is this guy.

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    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/06/02/Illinois-man-charged-with-handing-out-bombs-during-Minneapolis-protests/4221591087722/

    “Illinois man charged with handing out ‘bombs’ during Minneapolis protests”

    “Federal authorities have charged an Illinois man for crossing state lines into Minnesota where he filmed himself passing out explosive devices and urging people to throw them at police and buildings during nationwide unrest over the police-involved death of George Floyd.

    Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Ill., was arrested and charged in Chicago Monday for civil disorder, carrying on a riot and possession of unregistered destructive devices, the Department of Justice announced in a release.

    According to the criminal complaint, Rupert posted a video to his Facebook account on Thursday night, saying he was heading to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in the protests calling for police accountability over the death of Floyd on May 25.

    Prosecutors said Rupert streamed live to his Facebook account several videos lasting hours over the weekend showing him handing out explosives to throw at law enforcement officers, lighting a building on fire and looting a business in the city.

    In one video, he is seen allegedly handing an explosive to an unknown male who lights it and does as instructed.

    “He’s throwing my bombs,” Rupert is heard saying in the stream. “They’re going to bomb police with them.”

    At one point during the period of Friday night to early Saturday, Rubert is seen in a video asking for lighter fluid before entering a Sprint cellphone store and is later heard saying “I lit it on fire,” according to the complaint.”

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  5. Tucker calls out everyone.

    https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/06/02/tucker-carlson-gave-the-most-important-monologue-of-his-career-and-its-a-must-watch/

    “Tucker Carlson Gave the Most Important, Riveting Monologue of His Career and It’s a Must Watch”

    “Tucker Carlson went live last night after a weekend of violent rioting and looting across many of America’s major cities. He took no prisoners in what was easily the most important monologue of his career. It’s a moment in media history that will still be talked about a decade from now. That’s how powerful it was, whether you agree with every conclusion or not.

    Over the course of 30 minutes, Carlson laid out the case that our leaders have failed to protect us in this time of chaos. He played the clips of men and women being beaten, the videos of buildings burning, and the recordings of mobs stealing. He showed the complete lack of respect for human life and property. He named names of those enabling it and let no one off the hook. He laid out the core issues tearing the country apart and the nonsensical responses to them.

    While I rarely expect people to watch clips I post all the way through, this is one you should really make time for.”

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    He nails it.

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  6. Another fraud Democrat let’s the truth slip..

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/senior-democrat-caught-hot-mic-201351896.html

    “Senior Democrat caught on hot mic at protest saying ‘if I didn’t have a primary I wouldn’t care'”

    “US congressman​ Eliot Engel of New York has been criticised following a hot mic gaffe at a press conference discussing the George Floyd protests.

    Mr Engel — who asked the event organisers if he could speak during the conference — appeared to say: “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care.”

    Footage posted by News12 The Bronx shows Mr Engel asking for the mic, but being denied by Borough president Ruben Diaz. Mr Diaz said he was reluctant because to hand over the mic because he was afraid everyone else gathered at the conference would then want a chance to speak.

    That’s when Mr Engel made his comment, which prompted Mr Diaz to reply: “Don’t do that to me.”

    Mr Engel — who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is a 16 term congressman — clarified his statements after the fact, explaining that he cared “deeply about what’s happening in this country” and that his comment was not reflective of his overall feelings about the George Floyd protests, but was meant to explain why he was pushing so hard for a chance to speak.

    “In the context of running for re-election, I thought it was important for people to know where I stand, that’s why I asked to speak,” Mr Engel said in a statement released Monday. “I love the Bronx, grew up in the Bronx and lived here all my life. I would not have tried to impose on the Borough president if I didn’t think it was important.””

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  7. Tucker nails it again.

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    “Tucker Carlson: In fact what we are watching is not a political protest. It is the opposite of a political protest. It is an attack on the idea of politics. The rioters you have seen are trying to topple our political system. That system is how we resolve our system without using violence. But these people want a new system, one that is governed by force. Do what we say or we will hurt you. You know this. You can see it for yourself on television. You have. But our leaders continue to lie. They tell us that’s not true. This isn’t happening. It’s just a protest. Some Democrats have openly embraced what is happening. Really they don’t have much of a choice. These are their voters cleaning out the Rolex Store. These riots effectively are the largest Joe Biden for President rally on record. In gratitude for that over a dozen Joe Biden staffers donated money to the rioters in Minneapolis and then they bragged about it on Twitter. No Democratic Leader can directly criticize what is happening right now and in fact some have joined in.”

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  8. More on those terrorist lawyers….

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/06/start-the-revolution-without-them.php

    “An analysis of the bloodiest revolutions, beginning with the French, would probably confirm that disgruntled lawyers play a significant role in most of them. If we have a revolution in America, I expect the role of disgruntled lawyers to be outsized. After all, we have so many of them. Plus, many of our law schools serve up a heady dose of radical indoctrination.

    In this connection, the New York Daily News reports:

    Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges over accusations they tossed a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle early Saturday morning during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd.

    Colinford Mattis, 32, a corporate lawyer and member of Community Board 5 in East New York, was charged along with fellow attorney Urooj Rahman with the attempted attack on an empty police cruiser parked outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene.

    Rahman allegedly tossed the bottle, which was filled with gasoline. She then jumped into a van Mattis was driving and they sped off. The bottle did not ignite. Ah, lawyers.

    The pair was detected by a surveillance camera, and police chased down their car. Officers reportedly found the makings of another Molotov cocktail in the back seat, along with a gasoline container.

    Mattis and Rahman are also accused of trying to pass out the bombs to protesters.

    Mattis, with the Waspish-sounding first name, is a graduate of Princeton and NYU law school. He was an associate with the firm of Pryor Cashman, before being let go in April. He remained active in Community Board 5, a group headed by Viola Plummer, a well known New York activist.

    Rahman apparently graduated from Fordham law school. She too reportedly had lost her job.”

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    Let’s hope they also lose their freedom for a long time as well.

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  9. For HRW,

    No organization? No national leadership?

    Wrong.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/06/i-watched-antifa-grow-let-me-warn-you-about-these-terrorists/

    “I Watched Antifa Grow, Let Me Warn You About These Terrorists”

    “I absolutely knew the Antifa attacks would come one day.

    Now, the President is aware these attacks are designed to spread. He is acting, as he must, designating Antifa a domestic terror group.

    Because I work in the heart of radical progressivism, I have tracked Antifa for years.

    Antifa: well organized, practiced in street warfare, entering into Phase Two of Mao’s rules for Insurgencies

    These people are very serious. They are terrorists aligned with the radical leadership of Black Lives Matter, who traded learnings with Hamas, and, the founding philosophy of which Professor Jacobson has exposed, based upon the work of Anne Sorock of The Frontier Lab.

    “If you think the Black Lives Matter movement is just or even primarily about ‘Black Lives,’ then you don’t understand the movement.

    A new research report, based on detailed interviews with those active in the movement, demonstrates that the organized movement is a vehicle for a radical leftist anti-Capitalist agenda, using ‘Black Lives’ as the hook.”

    Antifa has never had to hide in Seattle, Portland or the rest of the West Coast. When the news media is forced to mention them at all, they obligingly call them “anti-fascists”, which, this week, useful idiots have been touting on Twitter as proof that being against Antifa means one is for fascism, to which I have replied, “why are you against ‘Making America Great Again?”

    Antifa loves guns, they have a militia arm and they have practiced seizing civilian infrastructure, part of Phase Two on Mao’s rules for Insurgencies

    In notoriously anti-Second Amendment Seattle, Antifa open-carried. They commandeered a couple of blocks, as their “security arm”, the John Brown Gun Glub, prevented citizen journalist, and expert on Antifa and its funders, Andy Ngo, from filming the goings on. The Seattle media was incurious.”

    “Did you note the Seattle Police Officers who stood by and allow the strong arming?

    Portland, Oregon, has at times been owned by Antifa. They controlled the comings and goings of cars an people, which the Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, allowed. A decision upon which he doubled-down.

    At various times on my radio program, I read from Facebook pages of Antifa groups about their paramilitary trainings to be held in Seattle parks: how to make IEDs; how to hide spears in the handles of protest signs; the use of marbles to trip (and probably fatally injure) police horses and their riders. The rest of the Seattle media was not drawn to the stories.

    Antifa has already committed one major act of terrorism, an attempt to seize a hardened, government building, part of Phase Three of Mao’s rules for Insurgencies
    On July 13, 2019 at 4:30 AM, I thought Antifa had erred by outing themselves as dangerous Marxists bent on attacking our Country. One of their soldiers, from the related “security” arm, the John Brown Gun Club, attempted to murder federal agents at an ICE Detention facility in Tacoma, South of Seattle in Washington State. An ICE Spokesman noted, had the terror attack been successful at blowing up the building, 1,400 people would have been murdered.

    One would imagine this would alarm the media and the government–not so. In Seattle, and much of the West Coast, this attack is still viewed as a righteous act of self-defense against an agency politicians vilify. King County, the County in which Seattle sits, is run by a leftist named Dow Constantine. He typified West Coast politics when he banned ICE from flying out of Boeing Field, which meant the agents spent an additional five to six hours transporting dangerous felons to another, regional airport.”

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    Plenty more. Click the link.

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  10. I get multitudes of e-mails from conservative politicians warning me that the future o America depends on me sending money.
    One of those says that Tucker Carlson is threatened in Fox News. They don’t mention Hennaty.

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  11. Yes Mattis is the go along to get along type, so of course he’d direct his nonsense at Trump, and not at those Trump is responding to. Yet another Deep Stater running to the Atlantic to whine to the Never-Trumpers.

    And like those other “fine” “conservatives” at the Atlantic, he’ll run to Joe Biden, the anti to everything they say they hold dear and believe, so principled are they.

    Just another one exposed……

    And of course on a day when hearings have begun into what his Deep State friends were criminally up to. So predictable….

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  12. Friends like this fraud, for whom his editorial is a lame attempt to distract from.

    Mattis and his NSC buddies have their fingers in this too. Plus he’s still mad about Trump overriding his wishes in Syria and his wanting never ending war.

    Trump was right, Mattis is overrated.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/06/rod-rosenstein-on-fisa-lies-im-accountable-but-not-responsible.php

    “This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee called Rod Rosenstein to testify about operation “crossfire hurricane,” the Mueller investigation, and related matters. I watched as much of it as I could stomach — a little less than two hours.

    Rosenstein is a snake. He recommended that James Comey be fired (albeit for a different reason than the one Trump mentioned in an interview about Comey’s termination) and then made the firing of Comey the grounds for bringing in a special counsel.

    Moreover, he selected Robert Mueller for the job even though President Trump had just rejected Mueller for the position of FBI director. Mueller was thus a disappointed office seeker.

    Rosenstein gave Mueller a ridiculously broad writ to investigate, and stood by as Mueller hired one Trump-hating Democrat after another to staff his project. And Rosenstein declined to recuse himself even though he was a player in the firing of Comey — an important element of what he asked Mueller to investigate.

    Rosenstein was snake-like again this morning. Most of the questions directed at him by Republicans had to do with his rubber stamping of applications to spy on Carter Page — applications that contained lies the Democrats had paid to procure and that were based on Russian disinformation.

    Rosenstein told the Committee that he is “accountable” for this outrage, but not “responsible.” Pressed as to what he means by “accountable,” he said, in effect, he means appearing before the Committee to say he’s not responsible.

    The Committee Democrats were their usual nauseating selves. They used their time mostly to (1) complain about the fact that the hearing is taking place and (2) bray about how Russia threatens our democracy.”

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  13. And Nazi references?

    Really….?

    How original. 🙄

    I hope the president does push back, and hard.

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  14. Lafayette Park wasn’t tear gasses?? You mean the priests lied? And the images of smoke rising from the ground in front of the White House are fake news? So I looked into it because I don’t like it if a priest lies to me. And no they didn’t lie to me. They were assaulted by a chemical irritant — just pepper spray not tear gas.

    DC Guard and police launched pepperballs at peaceful protesters. Pepperballs look like tear gas cannisters — either spherical or cylinder and are launched from a modified rifle. After being fired and landing on pavement or the ground they release a pepper spray mist for a radius of about 12 feet. Thus the peaceful protesters including the parish priests were choking on a chemical irritant, just pepper spray not tear gas. I think we can excuse the priests for their misinformation as they were choking at the time.

    In a shameful attempt at a photo op to portray Trump as a strong leader, the local priests suffered a pepperball attack and under a mist of pepper spray had to leave their church for Trump and the Secret Service to occupy. There the narrative has been corrected.

    And of course everyone supports the right to peaceful protests…..

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  15. So anitfa types are forming militias and training. I would think some people would be relieved that antifa is just exercising their second amendment rights. If Michigan militia types can try to intimidate the legislature shouldn’t antifa be allowed to arm themselves also,

    Personally I think the whole thing reminds me of the Weimar Republic…. both the left and right had armed militias who fought in the street while the centrist parties attempted to maintain sanity and enact strict gun control so the left and right didn’t have shoot outs on the street. They of course failed when right of centre parties attempted to co-opt the right wing parties so they could maintain power. And that failed.

    I’m also amused how fear antifa can create — although there may be some hardcore types, the vast majority are white middle class college kids acting out their rebellion fantasies before dad forces them to work for Goldman Sachs.

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  16. I know AJ’s not a big fan of the Atlantic and Anne Applebaum but she is one of the foremost conservative historians of our time specializing in the Cold War, Eastern Europe, and modern ideologies. She is also politically connected to groups in the EU, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Uk and the US. She’s worth reading if only for who and what she represents – traditional conservatism, democracy and capitalism. An other fine essay that I don’t agree with entirely

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/?fbclid=IwAR3SXDhKFb7H5pXByT61Lhv16pBIi-Yvet27GJ1vQWuAtsVyO-8ug95w3f4

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  17. Not even from St. John’s, she was from a church miles away. And what was she doing there? Aiding the BLM activists and others, like you would expect.

    Smoke, that is all it was.

    But she’s one clearly sympathetic to the protesters, and antagonistic of the president. The press loves her. But her story doesn’t pass the smell test and is refuted by numerous officials. She never did get around to finding any criticism for the people who burned the church either, which is odd, her being a priest and all.

    https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/im-shaken-priest-forcibly-removed-by-police-from-dc-church-for-president-trump-photo-opportunity-shares-experience.html

    “A priest, who was at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. on Monday when police used tear gas and flash-bang explosions to disperse a peaceful protest, described moments of chaos on her social media account.

    The Rev. Gini Gerbasi is a rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, about two miles from where police cleared out peaceful protesters to create space for President Donald Trump on Monday evening.”

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    ““I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John’s, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave,” Gerbasi said. “I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

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    Stockholm Syndrome is real.

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