Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Know How Kamala Harris Doesn’t Get Impeached’ if the GOP Takes Over the House

H/T Western Journal.

It is simple Lindsey Kalama Knee Pads Harris is black and female so the GOP will not have the balls to impeach her.

Democrats who decided to impeach then-President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion might be having second thoughts before too long, Sen. Lindsay Graham said Sunday.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the South Carolina Republican said his party could well turn the tactic on Vice President Kamala Harris if it retakes the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.

“I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters, and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open,” Graham said.

“So we’ve opened Pandora’s box here, and I’m sad for the country.”

During the summer’s riots in cities across the United States, Harris actively raised money for an organization called the Minnesota Freedom Fund that bailed out rioters who were arrested.

As the Daily Caller News Foundation reported in September, those releases sometimes involved defendants whose charges were unrelated to the riots, and who were often accused of crimes that would stir up little public sympathy.

One man was accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. Another had been accused of assaulting an elderly woman while burglarizing her home.

Another man had allegedly stomped on his victim’s head during a brutal robbery on May 25, the same day that suspected counterfeiter George Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck — sparking the national rioting.

It isn’t the first time Graham has raised the specter of a Harris impeachment, nor is he the only one talking about it.

A week before Trump’s impeachment trial began, Graham had a similar message for Fox News’ Sean Hannity. And in January, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee raised the possibility in a Fox Business Network interview.

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As is usually the case, Graham’s prediction Sunday got plenty of criticism on social media, but it stirred plenty of enthusiasm

In the “Fox News Sunday” interview, Graham also said the speech by Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday could hurt Republicans in the 2022 elections.

In the speech, McConnell excoriated Trump while explaining the constitutional reasons McConnell would not vote to convict him.

“I think Sen. McConnell’s speech, he got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans,” Graham said. “That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”

Schumer Has Another Idea to Punish Trump if Senate Acquits Him

H/T Town Hall.

 Little Smuckie Schumer is delivering a message from the swamp to outsiders like President Trump you dare run for office we can and will destroy  you also.

As the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump continues on, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did not rule out another avenue to punish the former president if he is ultimately acquitted by the Senate. 

 

The New York Democrat indicated that his party could invoke section 3 of the 14th amendment, which allows Congress to ban those who have engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” from running for public office. 

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof,” the amendment reads, adding that Congress shall “have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions.”

Schumer maintained that Democrats remain focused on the current impeachment trial.

Other Democratic Senators, including Tim Kaine (VA), Chris Murphy (CT), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Chris Coons (DE), previously indicated that they would be open to the idea of using the 14th amendment if impeachment fails once again. The acquittal of former President Trump is a near foregone conclusion at this point, with most Senate Republicans united. 

The amendment uses language similar to the impeachment article passed by the House, which accuses Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” If invoked, Democrats would still have to convince 10 Republicans to agree to bar Trump from running for public office again. The impeachment trial continues on Friday.

 
 

Matt Gaetz Volunteers to Resign from His House Seat So He Can Defend Trump in Impeachment Trial

H/T Western Journal.

Rep.Matt Gaetz(R-FL) it is admirable that your loyalty is so strong for President Trump but Please stay in the House where we need you.

Rep. Matt Gaetz made it clear on Wednesday he’s willing to stand up for former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, even if it means resigning his House seat.

The Florida Republican’s comments came after reports surfaced confirming Trump’s initial legal team had failed to show the same level of commitment.

During a Wednesday interview on the War Room podcast, hosted by Steve Bannon and Raheem Kassam, Gaetz announced he would be willing to resign if Trump asked him to defend him.

“I love my district. I love representing them, but I view this cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the major risks to my people, both in my district and all throughout this great country,” Gaetz said.

“If the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life.”

“I would leave my House seat. I would leave my home. I would do anything I had to do to ensure that the greatest president in my lifetime — one of the greatest presidents our country has ever had, maybe the greatest president our country has ever had — got a full-throated defense that wasn’t crouched down, that wasn’t in fear of losing some moderate Republican senator, but that was worthy of the fight that he gave to the great people of this country for four years.”

In Gaetz’s opinion, when it comes to Trump’s current team, “the president so far has gotten a low-energy defense.”

The news that Trump’s defense may not be up to the task is troubling, especially because the upcoming impeachment case against the former president is nothing but a complete sham.

House Democratic impeachment managers filed a pre-trial brief with the U.S. Senate on Tuesday claiming Trump “summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them to a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue,” referring to the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

Obviously, this is complete nonsense, considering Trump repeatedly called for peace and asked the rioters to go home.

Even if Trump’s rhetoric on election fraud did contribute to heating tensions at the Capitol, his complicity pales in comparison to Democrat’s own culpability in heating up tensions with anti-police rhetoric over the course of the last year, which undeniably led to a countless number of riots and looting sprees that raged across the country for months on end.

Shortly after the Capitol incursion took place, Gaetz made that point quite clear during a fiery speech on the House floor in which he called his Democratic colleagues out for their hypocritical condemnation of then-President Trump.

“Another important point for the country is that this morning President Trump explicitly called for demonstrations and protests to be peaceful,” Gaetz said.

“You can moan and groan, but he was far more explicit about his calls for peace than some of the BLM and left-wing rioters were this summer when we saw violence sweep across this nation.”

Leftists’ lust for power and domination wasn’t satiated by winning the presidency and Senate. They’ll only be satisfied when they completely destroy the one president that showed the world who they really are.

Thankfully, men like Matt Gaetz are willing to do what is right and fight back, even at a great personal cost.

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If only more Republicans had the courage to speak out like Gaetz has throughout this entire process.

Sen. Schumer Agrees to 2-Week Delay for Trump’s Impeachment Trial

H/T Western Journal.

This whole second impeachment is the swamp saying if another outsider like Donald Trump wants to be president the swamp can and will destroy you.

The Senate trial of former President Donald Trump will begin on Feb. 9, according to a deal reached Friday that pushed back what would have been the Tuesday start of the trial.

The agreement was made by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, according to The Washington Post.

Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said they would officially deliver impeachment documents to the Senate on Monday. That would normally have triggered a Tuesday start for the trial, which Republicans said would have pushed back any other business.

“Absent some agreement, we won’t be doing any confirmations, we won’t be doing any Covid-19 relief, we won’t be doing anything else other than impeaching the person who’s not even president,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said before the agreement was announced, according to Politico.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said a rushed trial “would be an affront to everything every American claims to hold near and dear. You get a chance to defend yourself.”

Graham also said that starting the trial right away would have ensured Biden’s Cabinet picks are not even considered until the trial was over.

“Once we take the trial up, we have to do the trial,” Graham said, according to the Post. “If you want to impeach the president, we’re going to do it like we’ve always done it. We’re not going to split the day. … That’s the business of the Senate once we go into it.”

“This basically stops President Biden in his tracks at a time when a number of Republicans believe that President Biden ought to be able to put a Cabinet in place,” said Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming.

President Joe Biden had also urged some delay, saying, “the more time we have to get up and running to meet these crises, the better.”

Schumer said he wants the Senate to confirm Biden’s Cabinet nominations and pass the president’s COVID relief plan before beginning the trial.

Doug Andres, a spokesman for McConnell, called the agreement “a win for due process and fairness.”

“Republicans set out to ensure the Senate’s next steps will respect former president Trump’s rights and due process, the institution of the Senate, and the office of the presidency,” he said. “That goal has been achieved.”

The Democratic-controlled House earlier this month passed a single article of impeachment against Trump, claiming that he should be removed from office for inciting insurrection. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in that vote.

The article of impeachment is akin to an indictment, which now goes to trial in the Senate, as happened to Trump last year when the House passed articles of impeachment against him but the Senate declined to convict Trump on those charges.

Conviction in the Senate trial requires 67 votes out of the 100 senators. The Senate is currently split 50-50, which means that 17 Republicans would need to join Democrats to convict Trump. Current estimates are that somewhere between five and 10 Republicans may side with Democrats.

Some Democrats are hoping to convict Trump and then pass a measure to bar him from ever holding office again.

“It makes no sense whatsoever that a president or any official could commit a heinous crime against our country and then be permitted to resign so as to avoid accountability and a vote to disbar them from future office,” Schumer said Friday, according to Politico.

But Graham differed.

“I think you’re opening up Pandora’s box, anything they can do, we can do,” he said. “You engage in post-presidential impeachment — you’re going to destroy the presidency over time.”

Wyoming GOP Blasts Liz Cheney for ‘Aligning Herself with Leftists’

H/T Town Hall.

I hope R.I.N.O. Liz loses her House GOP Conference Chair.

If House members can be recalled I hope she gets recalled if not I hope she gets primaried in 2022 and loses.

It seems Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has ticked off Republicans in her state. The at-large representative voted with Democrats to impeach President Trump following last week’s riot at the Capitol.

 

The FBI is only beginning its investigation of last week’s riot, but the lack of findings didn’t stop Liz Cheney from joining House Democrats to hold the president responsible for the violence. 

Following Cheney’s vote to impeach the president, the Wyoming Republican Party said in a statement that never before has the state party seen “this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans.” According to the party, “the anger and frustration” is “palpable in the comments” they have received. 

“Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time. The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions,” the statement reads. 

The party said they believe it’s important for elected officials to respect and represent their constituents and called Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump a “true travesty for Wyoming and the country.” 

In an effort to share just some of the overwhelming feedback with Cheney, the party summarized some of the comments they received from angry Republicans in the state: Cheney denied President Trump due process, she judged “evidence” before it was presented and available, she ignored 70 percent of Wyoming voters who voted to re-elect Trump, and put the interests of beltway conservatives ahead of her constituents.

Cheney ignored Trump’s comments asking his supporters to protest “peacefully,” she sided with Democrats who egged on leftists rioters for months last year, aligned herself with leftists skewing facts about the Capitol riot, allowed herself to be used by Democrats to smear the entire conservative movement, and allowed another impeachment circus to distract Congress from representing the interests truly important to the people of Wyoming.

Nine other GOP representatives followed Cheney’s lead in voting to impeach the president a second time. The lone article of impeachment is not expected to be taken up by the Senate until sometime after Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unlikely enough Republicans in the Senate will join Democrats to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to convict the president, which would render Trump ineligible for a second term.

Congressional Republicans have called on Cheney to step down as House GOP Conference Chair.

Mitch McConnell, Just Threw a Big Wrench in Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Plans

H/T Western Journal.

This will not set well with the drunken hag Pelosi and her toadies in the House.

The big question will Little Smuckie Schumer’s hatred of Donald Trump cause him to expend political capital and proceed with an impeachment trial?

If no impeachment trial does not happen the leftist loons backing the DemocRats will be harder to appease.

It will be interesting to see how this impeachment farce plays out.

 

Democratic momentum just met Mitch McConnell.

The Kentucky Republican who still holds the Senate majority leader post for a few more days has rejected a plan by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to call the body back into session for an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

And killed the idea of a trial while Trump is still in office.

According to a report by the Daily Caller, a McConnell spokesman said his office had informed Schumer that McConnell would not invoke emergency authority to reconvene the Senate for a trial before the scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic majority passed an article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election, which led to the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol by a riotous mob of Trump supporters, according to CNN.

There is no doubt Pelosi and the radical left would have liked nothing better than to end the Trump presidency with a Senate trial.

But that impeachment attempt — the Democrats’ second against Trump — is now all but certainly dead before Trump leaves the White House.

 

On the one hand, the news is no surprise, given that McConnell had already publicly outlined why it would be unlikely for the Senate to try Trump before his term was up.

On the other hand, the confirmation was a big story, after an Axios report on Tuesday fed Democratic hopes by citing anonymous sources who claimed McConnell was open to the idea of convicting Trump.

A similar report Tuesday in The New York Times, also citing anonymous sources, even claimed that McConnell was “pleased” at the prospect of Democrats impeaching Trump.

(According to a Twitter post on Wednesday by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, McConnell told fellow senators that “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.” )

Reports like those, combined with the establishment media’s usual breathless hyping of every development on the Democratic side of the aisle, were clearly attempting to push a narrative that a Trump ouster was actually imminent.

McConnell’s decision on Wednesday brought that to a grinding halt.

 

 

There is precedent for an impeachment trial for a former federal officeholder.

In 1876, President Ulysses Grant’s former Secretary of War William Belknap was tried in the Senate on impeachment charges approved by the House minutes before he resigned, according to the Senate website.

Belknap was acquitted when the charges against him failed to win conviction votes from two-thirds of the Senate.

So a Trump trial is possible, but McConnell’s move puts the incoming Democratic administration and Democratic Senate majority in a bind.

The question is: will Biden go along with the radical left wing of his party and pursue an impeachment trial of Trump after the president leaves office?

If so, he’s going to forfeit the earliest days of his presidency in rehashing the past — and no doubt alienate many, many of the almost 75 million Americans who voted for Trump in November.

If the movement to impeach Trump doesn’t go to trial, the most radical-left elements of the Democratic Party, never satisfied with Biden in the first place, will be even harder to deal with in their vicious malice.

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It was a big wrench McConnell threw into Pelosi’s impeachment plans on Wednesday, and it’s going to likely be a big wrench for the incoming Biden administration, too.

Jonathan Turley Issues a Warning to Democrats About Impeachment 2.0

H/T Town Hall.

For a leftist loon Jonathan Turley makes a good point about Impeachment 2.0.

This proves the old adage that even a blind hog finds a acorn now and then.

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley on Saturday issued a warning about Democrats’ long-term damage to the Constitution should they continue to press forward with their plans to impeach President Donald Trump (yet again) as his administration comes to a close. 

 

“In seeking his removal for ‘incitement,’ Democrats would gut not only the impeachment standard but free speech, all in a mad rush to remove Trump just days before the end of his term,” Turley wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill.

Although the law professor took issue with Trump’s speech before supporters, as well as Republicans objections to certifying the electoral votes in Joe Biden’s favor, Turley said the president’s speech doesn’t “meet the definition of incitement under the U.S. criminal code.” In fact, Trump’s speech is deemed “protected speech” under the First Amendment, the professor noted.

Turley also pinpointed one thing Democrats fail to recognize: the President Trump never called for violence. He simply urged his supporters to march towards the Capitol, something that’s common place in Washington, D.C.

“Despite widespread, justified condemnation of his words, Trump never actually called for violence or a riot. Rather, he urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to express opposition to the certification of electoral votes and to support the challenges being made by some members of Congress. He expressly told his followers ‘to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.'”

The concern Turley has with Democrats’ impeachment push: the precedent it could set for future generations.

There was no call for lawless action by Trump. Instead, there was a call for a protest at the Capitol. Moreover, violence was not imminent; the vast majority of the tens of thousands of protesters present were not violent before the march, and most did not riot inside the Capitol. Like many violent protests we have witnessed over the last four years, including Trump’s 2017 inauguration, the criminal conduct was carried out by a smaller group of instigators. Capitol police knew of the planned march but declined an offer of National Guard personnel because they did not view violence as likely.

Thus, Congress is about to seek the impeachment of a president for a speech that is protected under the First Amendment. It would create precedent for the impeachment of any president who can be blamed for the violent acts of others after the use of reckless or inflammatory language.

… Democrats are now arguing something even more extreme as the basis for impeachment. Under their theory, any president could be removed for rhetoric deemed to have the “natural tendency” to encourage others to act in a riotous fashion. Even a call for supporters to protest peacefully would not be a defense. This standard would allow for a type of vicarious impeachment — attributing conduct of third parties to a president for the purposes of removal.

The professor noted that various Democrats, including Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have all made remarks in the past that contradict their current position. In fact, things they said in the past, like Pressley saying “there needs to be unrest in the streets,” could be construed as meaning violence should take place.

 

“They can all legitimately argue that their rhetoric was not meant to be a call for violence, but this is a standard fraught with subjectivity,” Turley explained.

He ends his piece by warning about the long-term structural damage this second impeachment push could have on our nation.

The damage caused by this week’s rioting was enormous, but it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a “snap impeachment” for speech protected under the First Amendment. It is the very danger that the Framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard. In a process meant to require deliberative, not impulsive, judgments, the very reference to a “snap impeachment” is a contradiction in constitutional terms. In this new system, guilt is not to be doubted and innocence is not to be deliberated. It would do to the Constitution what the rioters did to the Capitol: Leave it in tatters.

The ball’s in your court, Democrats. How will you proceed?

Republicans Meet With Senate Parliamentarian to Discuss Impeachment Timeline

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Will Little Smuckie Schumer use up the legislative calendar on an impeachment that will likely not take place until after President Trump leaves office?

The swamp wants to break President Trump as a message to other outsiders not to try to get elected or they too will be destroyed.

Timeline will put Schumer in the spotlight, forcing him to choose whether to eat up time on legislative calendar.

A group of Senate Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) met Friday morning with the Senate parliamentarian in a ransacked office to discuss a timeline for impeachment proceedings, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Should House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bring articles of impeachment against Trump next week, which she has pledged to do if he doesn’t resign, the parliamentarian’s conclusion was that the earliest the Senate could begin a trial—absent unanimous consent—is either Jan. 19 or Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. A memo on the subject laying out some ambiguities is expected in the coming hours, one of these sources said. Among them: whether the Senate can receive articles of impeachment from the House during a pro forma session.

After the House delivers articles of impeachment to the Senate, it is obligated to begin a trial the following business day. The Senate is out of session until Jan. 19. The timeline shifts the spotlight to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), the incoming majority leader, who would then have to decide whether to devote the first days and weeks of Biden’s presidency to a trial rather than to confirming cabinet nominees and pursuing a legislative agenda.

Because the Senate is obligated to hold a trial and call witnesses before voting whether to convict, Trump cannot be convicted and removed from office before Biden’s swearing in on Jan. 20. If the Senate impeaches a president after he leaves office, the penalty would be not removal but a ban on holding federal office again. For Republicans, the timeline raises questions about the value they place on imposing that penalty.

Republicans and Democrats alike have grappled with how to respond to the president’s incitement of a mob on Wednesday that stormed the Capitol and led to four fatalities. Democrats are pressing the Trump cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, though Vice President Mike Pence opposes the move, according to those familiar with his thinking. That course of action would present its own complications: Trump can contest his cabinet, which would move the matter to Congress.

Though Trump announced in a video message on Thursday acknowledging Biden as the next president and pledging a peaceful transition of power, lawmakers in both parties fear his ability to spark another violent event in his waning days. The president also indicated he would not attend Biden’s inauguration later this month.

For the GOP, the silver lining of the mess, some argue, is that a Senate conviction would likely bar Trump from holding federal office again, though there is some debate about the constitutional text. As he dangles a 2024 run, a conviction would cut him off at the knees and potentially resolve a headache for the GOP that is otherwise likely to linger.

Keith Whittington, a professor of politics at Princeton University, pointed the Washington Free Beacon to his 2019 analysis of the constitutional text: “Besides removal, the only other available punishment that the Senate can impose is to bar those convicted on impeachment charges from future federal office,” Whittington wrote, noting that there is some debate about whether elected offices such as the presidency are offices “of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

 

“If Trump was inclined to run again, there would undoubtedly be litigation over the question of whether he was eligible to be listed on the ballot in those circumstances,” Whittington said.

A trio of Democratic lawmakers has announced its intention to introduce articles of impeachment as early as Monday, but it would fall to Pelosi to decide whether and how to proceed.

 

Democrats Schedule ‘Urgent Hearing’ on ‘Postal Service Sabotage’

H/T Breitbart.

Pelosi would not recall the House into session to get a deal on stimulus checks to help people that are hurting but call the House back for a bullshit Post Office sabotage.

Democrats are demanding that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify at a hearing about mail-in voting and the November election on August 24.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and fellow Democrats issued a press release Sunday:

 The hearing will examine the sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service that experts warn could degrade delivery standards, slow the mail and potentially impair the rights of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming November elections. The Postmaster General and top Postal Service leadership must answer to the Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these dangerous new policies that threaten to silence the voices of millions, just months before the election.

“The President has explicitly stated his intention to manipulate the Postal Service to deny eligible voters access to the ballot in pursuit of his own re-election,” the release said.

The announcement also accused DeJoy of acting as an “accomplice in the President’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail.”

However, White House trade and manufacturing adviser Peter Navarro alleged Sunday that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were trying to turn the postal service into a “ballot harvesting service.”

He continued:

Let’s think about it. First, the irony of what’s getting Chuck and Nancy back to Washington; it’s not concern about the working men and women of America, who really need our help right now. They want to come back so they can rename the post office the United States ballot harvesting service. So it’s unfortunate we get these – in the middle of the election – we get all these new cycle things going on that they seize upon.

During a recent interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, President Trump said he believed Democrats were willing to play a “much dirtier game” than Republicans, Breitbart News reported.

“The Republicans, fortunately, much better policy, but they ought to get tougher. The Republicans have to get tougher. And this whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen,” he concluded.

 

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

H/T Town Hall.

The arrest records are disproving the white nationalist inciting these riots.

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]:

Mark Hemingway

@Heminator

I see the “outside agitators don’t exist and aren’t coordinating to cause violence, but if they do exist they’re only white supremacists” narrative is finally dying an ignominious death. https://twitter.com/nickconfessore/status/1267457937146085377 

Nick Confessore

@nickconfessore

Anarchist activists, many from outside New York, have used the protests as cover for a campaign of property attacks, according to NYPD officials, reports @NeilMacFarquhar.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/us/george-floyd-protests-white-supremacists-antifa.html?smid=tw-share 

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In New York City, a senior police official said anarchists had planned to start mayhem in the city even before the protests started, using encrypted communication to raise bail money and to recruit medics. During the demonstrations, they maintained supply routes to distribute gasoline, rocks and bottles, and also dispatched scouts to find areas devoid of police officers, said John Miller, the deputy commissioner in charge of the Police Department’s counter-terrorism and intelligence efforts.

“They prepared to commit property damage and directed people who were following them that this should be done selectively and only in wealthier areas or at high-end stores run by corporate entities,” he said in a telephone briefing with reporters. Such activity was still under investigation, Mr. Miller said, but many participants, he said, were from outside New York. “They instructed group leaders to tell the people following them that this was not meant to be orderly activity,” he said.

[…]

Far-right adherents generated an avalanche of posts on social media in recent days suggesting the unrest was a sign that the collapse of the American system they have long-awaited was at hand. These groups, known as “accelerationists,” attempt to promote any circumstances that might speed that goal.

Last month they were pushing the idea that the coronavirus pandemic and the demonstrations against shutting down public life might be their moment to incite discord.

The groups are not monolithic. There are factions that express solidarity with some in the African-American community in their animosity toward the police, a position dating to violent showdowns in the 1990s between white supremacists and law enforcement in places like Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Others, however, believe that sparking a race war would ultimately bring about the establishment of a pure white ethnic state in at least part of the current United States.

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.