Weeks into protests and riots, crime has been rising across the nation, and Congress wants it to come to an end soon.
Many of our nation’s police are calling out with the “blue flu” because, even with their difficult jobs, they are being painted as the bad guys and some politicians are not standing up for them.
Republicans put forward a resolution to condemn the violence and the calls to defund the police. Guess how Pelosi and her House Democrats responded?
From the Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats unanimously blocked a resolution condemning acts of violence and rioting—including the “deliberate targeting of law enforcement officers”—in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Greg Steube (R., Fla.) late Thursday morning, condemned Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, calling it “inconsistent with the values and conduct expected of law enforcement officers.” The resolution also supported peaceful protesters, but it noted that protests have been “exploited by violent extremists” carrying out “acts of violence, looting, destruction of business and personal property, and additional loss of life.”
Even Justin Amash, the Republican turned Independent, and for a short time a Libertarian candidate for President, stood with Republicans on this one.
The optics on this will not be helpful to the Democrats. They seem to have aligned interests with Black Lives Matter, even using the same platform for fundraising.
But more importantly, they have been focused on painting Republicans in a negative light on this issue.
Black Republican Senator Tim Scott attempted to put forward a police reform bill in the Senate, but Democrats blocked it from even a floor debate, much less a vote.
Republicans, the party of Abraham Lincoln, freeing the slaves, and the Civil Rights movement is painted by Democrats as the racist ones.
Most Republicans instead think they are just fighting for equality under the law and in the sight of God, with no preference towards any sex, religion or race.
Democrats banding together to block this clear resolution, which condemned violence against police but also Floyd’s death and the extremists taking advantage of legitimate protests.
Unless Republicans stay silent on it, Democrats will have a hard time shaking the image of standing against a resolution most Americans probably agree with. And it could hurt them in the 2020 election.
- Republicans put forward a strong resolution condemning violence against police officers and in the streets.
- Democrats unanimously blocked the vote.
- This move could hurt them in the polls for the 2020 election.
Source: Washington Free Beacon