Monday, June 1, 2020


Trumps Slams 'Weak' Governors as Riots Continue to Rage

Katie Pavlich
Posted: Jun 01, 2020 2:25 PM
Trumps Slams 'Weak' Governors as Riots Continue to Rage
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During a phone call with governors from across the country Monday, President Trump berated a number of them for being "weak" as riots continue to ravage their cities. 
"You have to dominate, if you don't dominate you're wasting your time. They're going to run over you. You're going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate," Trump said on the call. "You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again." 
"It's [riots] happened numerous times and the only time it's successful is when you're weak and most of you are weak," he continued, lamenting destroyed store fronts and property in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. "You're making a mistake because you're making yourselves look like fools and some have done a great job, but a lot of you, it's not a great day for our country."
Over the past two nights non-peaceful demonstrations outside of the White House have become increasingly violent and aggressive. More than 60 Secret Service agents were injured in confrontations with rioters. The historic St. John's Church, where every U.S. President since 1816 has gone to pray, was set on fire.

"Washington was under very good control, but we're going to have it under much more control....We're going to pull in thousands of people," Trump said.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowswer set Sunday night's curfew for 11 pm. After rioters wreaked havoc on the city two nights in a row, she's now setting curfew at 7 p.m. 


Leslie Jones: ‘Burn Down This F**king Constitution’

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: (BROADCAST-OUT) Comedian Leslie Jones poses for a portrait on the Today Show Set on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
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Former Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones says people participating in the nationwide protests in response to the police involved death of George Floyd should focus on voting — saying, “burn down this fucking Constitution’ — rather than burning property.
“I love that you guys are protesting and see how quick you did it. But I’m gonna tell you, to get the fuck what you really want, we’re going to have to change the fucking system. And to change the system, we have to fucking vote,” Jones said, reflecting on her role in the 1992 Los Angeles riots and expressed admiration for protesters. “You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this fucking Constitution. And we do that by fucking lifting our voice, by fucking voting… That’s how we really show them.”
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The Ghostbusters star questioned how effective protesting really is compared with taking to the ballot box. Jones also warned of the dangers of the Chinese coronavirus spreading as a result, having previously suggested that President Donald Trump is responsible for all the deaths from the pandemic.
“I want y’all to protest if you feel that you gotta protest, but is it going to change anything?” Jones said. “That’s what we really gotta think about, what the fuck can we really do to get what we want… We’re going to show them what we fucking mean by voting!”

“Please be careful. There’s still is pandemic, there’s still a fucking virus out,” the comedian added. “If you’re going to go out and protest please be safe… That’s from a real point in my fucking heart.”
The nationwide “protests” referred to by Jones have wreaked havoc and destruction across American towns and cities, and in many cases against black-owned businesses and majority-black communities. As well as the vandalism and looting of dozens of public and privately owned institutions, including the Lincoln Memorial, there have also been countless acts of violence against innocent citizens and police.
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Our Current Chaos is not All About the Death of George Floyd

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Our Current Chaos is not All About the Death of George Floyd

Do not, for one moment, make the mistake of believing that the violence and vandalism we are seeing in recent riots area are about the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.  This is not to say that there are not protestors among the groups that are genuinely outraged, and who seek to peaceably assemble to petition the government for a meaningful change to police policy and demand justice, all of which is explicitly protected by the First Amendment to our Constitution.  But it is to say that any lawful means of protest ends when it violates an innocent person’s private property rights. 
First, the obvious.  The vandals who pillaged a Louis Vuitton store weren’t driven to do so because of their sense of moral indignation about Floyd’s death.  They were driven to do so because they liked the idea of smashing a window to steal designer items more than the idea of working and saving to earn those expensive items. 
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But let’s imagine for a moment that it actually was Floyd’s death that drove them to the act.  The owners of the business had precisely nothing to do with Floyd’s death, so even then, in what meaningful sense would this be considered “justice”?
Imagine this moral question differently.  Imagine that my friend has his car stolen, and the thief is arrested, awaiting trial.  A lot of people like my friend have their cars stolen these days, I conclude, so I’m understandably angry about it.  Rather than await justice from the courts, I instead find some other innocent person who has some expensive wheels, and assault him and steal his car. 
Now, I would, and should, go to jail for that crime, and for good reason.  And that’s because the other person has innate rights to property, and those rights are every bit as important as, say, my right to life and liberty.
Many people would consider John Locke the “intellectual father of our country,” and he held a “central political principle: that rights in property are the basis of human freedom and government exists to protect them and to preserve public order.”  At the time of the nation’s Founding, and throughout most of our history, it was accepted that government exists primarily to preserve life and property.
It might be important to note, however, that the Founders often didn’t believe it necessary to denote a distinction between the right to life and the right to property, because they believed them both to be elements of the same natural right.  But “insofar as the Founders made any distinction between property rights and other individual rights,” writes David Upham at the Foundation for Economic Education, “they insisted that property rights were at least as important as personal rights,” citing Madison in Federalist 54, who states unequivocally that “Government is instituted no less for the protection of property than of the persons of individuals.”
Madison goes on to say at the Virginia Convention:
It is sufficiently obvious, that persons and property are the two great subjects on which Governments are to act; and that the rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. These rights cannot well be separated. The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
It is this American “social right” which the rioters are explicitly challenging, and demanding be replaced by their brand of “social justice” that is more akin to communism than anything American governance has ever been. 
For most of the rioters, this isn’t about race.  It’s about unmaking America.  And we’ve been cobbling the path to this moment for a long time.  What we do now will determine whether or not America’s future is as a constitutional republic or a new socialist experiment that is based upon countless failed ones.
John Adams predicted the path up to this moment, and its logical end, in his three-volume work, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America.  Like Madison, he acknowledges the presupposition that “[p]roperty is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty,” and he goes on to say that the “moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
This would occur, he argues, as a sequence of falling dominoes:
Perhaps, at first, prejudice, habit, shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping on the industrious; but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, or at least, in sharing it equally with its present possessors.  Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavily on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of everything be demanded, and voted.  What would be the consequence of this?  The idle, the vicious, the intemperate would rush into the utmost extravagance of debauchery, sell and spend their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them.
All of this has either happened already, or is being presented by progressives today as a means to “transform the country,” as even the supposedly moderate Joe Biden is openly offering as his goal.
To save what’s left of the core essence of the American idea, President Trump, the state governors, and local officials must commit to the notion that property rights are every bit as worthy of protection as the rights to life and liberty, and that there is a force of low and public justice that is capable of protecting it.  And if we fail to do that, I fear that America may become what Cornell West suggests it already has become: a failed social experiment.

Chaos Erupts in Philadelphia as Rioters Destroy Line of Police Vehicles


Chaos erupted early in Philadelphia on Sunday as protesters destroyed a line of police vehicles, smashing windows and setting them ablaze as a state of anarchy descended upon the streets.
Aerial footage shows rioters vandalizing a line of police vehicles, even smashing one into another and setting them on fire. According to FOX 29’s Steve Keeley, officers arrived to “help save businesses where many of the poorest residents shop,” and rioters vandalized the vehicles as officers were outside the stores:

POLICE CARS DESTROYED: Rioters destroy a line of police cars, ghost riding them into each other and setting them on fire in West Philadelphia.


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The @PhillyPolice arrived to help save businesses where many of the poorest residents shop for food&clothes on S. 52nd Street. Many are minority owned businesses&police vehicles were then Vandalized as officers were outside at the stores, then vehicles set on fire @FOX29philly

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Officers are continuing in their efforts to protect local businesses, many of which are minority owned, from from vandals and looters:

Just up S.52nd Street from where police protecting other businesses the Sun Ray Drug Store being looted at 52nd&Walnut @FOX29philly

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BREAKING: Line of @PhillyPolice vehicles being destroyed along South 52nd Street in West Philadelphia @FOX29philly

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Philadelphia businesses have been instructed to close, and Mayor Jim Kenney ordered a curfew starting at 6 p.m. as part of the greater effort to curb the violence ravaging the city.
President Trump has responded to the mayhem in the city, demanding “Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW!”:

Law & Order in Philadelphia, NOW! They are looting stores. Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did (thank you President Trump) last night in Minneapolis. Is this what voters want with Sleepy Joe? All Dems!

The president earlier announced that the U.S. will be designating Antifa, the violent left-wing group suspected of fanning the flames in several U.S. cities, as a terrorist organization. Additionally, Attorney General William Barr stated that the violence carried out by Antifa “and other similar groups” is akin to domestic terrorism and added that it will be “treated accordingly.”

NBA Writer Cheers Mob for Burning Affordable Housing Development, Calls Them ‘Animals’ When They Come to His Neighborhood

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A former ESPN writer is being called a hypocrite for urging rioters to burn down the inner city, then chastising them when they attacked his neighborhood.
On Thursday, the former ESPN basketball reporter, Chris Palmer, was seen gleefully posting about the confrontations occurring in Minneapolis by rioters claiming to be infuriated by the police-involved death of George Floyd. At one point, Palmer posted a tweet featuring a burning building that he captioned, “Burn that sh*t down. Burn it all down.”
But just over two days later, early on Sunday morning, Palmer posted a tweet excoriating the rioters for attacking a “gated community” near where he lived.
“They just attacked our sister community down the street,” Palmer wrote just after midnight on Sunday. “It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates. They had to beat them back. Then destroyed a Starbucks and are now in front of my building.”
Then came the hypocrisy: “Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live.”

It did not take long for the backlash to hit the former sports reporter. He did try to delete the “burn it down” tweet, but instead of a mea culpa, he jumped back to twitter to defend himself for his odd stance that it is OK to “burn” the inner city, but not his precious gated community.
First, he tried being a martyr by claiming he was “on the front lines.”
“I took rubber bullets and tear gas yesterday standing on the front lines. I risked my life trying to get pictures and video. Don’t talk to me about what you don’t know about little girl,” he icily told one Twitter user.

I took rubber bullets and tear gas yesterday standing on the front lines. I risked my life trying to get pictures and video. Don't talk to me about what you don't know about little girl. 

In another he stubbornly insisted that it was perfectly fine to want other people’s neighborhoods burned down while his is protected. The building was an affordable housing development, according to the Star Tribune.

You can’t be with the chaos one minute then when it’s at your front door you switch up 🤷🏾‍♂️

He also went on to slam the rioters, saying, “Tear up your own shit. Don’t come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don’t care about yours, I don’t give a shit.”

Tear up your own shit. Don't come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don't care about yours I don't give a shit.

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Target Temporarily Closes Some Stores, Adjusts Hours in Wake of Riots

Debris and carts are strewn in the Target parking lot near the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020, following a night of rioting and looting as protests continue over the arrest of George Floyd who died in police custody. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers …
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Several Target locations will close temporarily “until further notice” due to violent riots following the death of George Floyd, the company announced Sunday. Target added that employees in the closed store will be paid normally for up to 14 days, and have the opportunity to work at other nearby locations.
“The safety of our team and guests is our top priority. At this time, we are making the decision to adjust store hours or close stores temporarily,” an update from Target read. The Minneapolis Target looted by rioters is among the stores listed as “temporarily closed.”
The statement continued:
We recognize the important role we play in helping our communities shop for the food, medicine and other essentials they need. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen our stores on their normally scheduled hours as soon as it is safe to do so.
Stores closed until further notice:
  • Broadway Oakland, CA
  • Buckhead South Atlanta, GA
  • South Loop Chicago, IL
  • Lake Street Minneapolis, MN (goal of opening in late 2020)
  • Uptown Minneapolis, MN
  • Washington Square W Philadelphia, PA
“Additionally, team members impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours during store closures, including COVID-19 premium pay. They will also be able to work at other nearby Target locations,” the statement continued.
The company also said it was prioritizing the rebuilding of its Lake Street location, near where Floyd died on Monday.
“We appreciate members of the community and our team who have assisted in cleaning in and around that location,” Target noted, adding, “We are now boarding the store up until we can survey the location and begin recovery efforts.”
Thursday, a group of protesters damaged police vehicles outside a Target store in St. Paul, Minnesota, that had recently been looted, Breitbart News reported.
Video footage posted to Twitter showed police officers in riot gear standing outside the store as people chanted and threw objects:

Police have been showing restraint in the face of very antagonistic behavior from the crowd.

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These police cars continue getting damaged. It’s the only barrier between police and this very angry crowd.

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Sunday, Gov. Tim Walz (D) extended the recently implemented curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday.

The curfew on Friday and Saturday night allowed our law enforcement to target those who meant to do harm to our communities. Law enforcement made several arrests and seized weapons, narcotics, long guns, handguns, magazines and knives.

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“We have reason to believe that bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests of George Floyd’s murder, which is why we are extending the curfew by one day,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet.
In a note Friday, Target CEO Brian Cornell said the company’s leaders were working with the community and local officials to identify the needs of those affected by the protests and riots.
“In any of our other locations that are damaged or at risk, the safety and well-being of our team, guests and the surrounding community will continue to be our paramount priority,” he concluded.

PHOTOS: Santa Monica the Morning After the Riots

Joel B. Pollak
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SANTA MONICA, California — Business owners awoke Monday morning to broken glass, graffiti, and heartbreak in downtown Santa Monica, the scene of looting and riots on the fringe of a Black Lives Matter protest Sunday afternoon.
While several hundred demonstrators participated in a peaceful march along Ocean Boulevard to voice outrage at the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hundreds of looters terrorized nearby stores.
The results were visible the next morning, as the owners of mom-and-pop stores arrived to clean up the wreckage and assess the damage.

Several volunteers from the community — some of whom told Breitbart News they supported the Black Lives Matter cause — arrived with brooms and dustpans to assist in the cleanup effort.
Some volunteers cleaned up near the appropriately-named Solidarity restaurant, a popular local Polish eatery.
One of the women cleaning up told Breitbart News that she and her neighbors simply wanted to help. Wearing a T-shirt that said, “DOGS: because people suck,” she said that she supported the peaceful protests but not the violence.
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An employee of the local Goodwill store, which caters to the poor and the homeless, swept broken glass away.
Among the storefronts vandalized was the local Kumon branch, a minority-owned business providing tutoring services to the children in the community.
Nearby, vandals tagged the local public library with anti-police graffiti and profanity.
National Guard troops were posted on street corners outside the Santa Monica Place mall, the scene of mass looting.
Across the road from the mall, volunteers — African American, Latino, white — volunteers to help clean up the debris at a local optometrists’s store, owned by an immigrant who came to the United States thirty-five years ago.
He told Breitbart News that he had just reopened his store on Tuesday, and had lost everything to looters. He said he was insured and hoped to recoup the loss, and was grateful for the help of volunteers.
One of the volunteers cleaning up told Breitbart News that she had a son in the military and wanted to do her part to help her community.
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Some of the graffiti nearby expressed political slogans; some of it was simply nihilistic — “Life Ends Tonite” — or obscene.
While the small businesses seemed hardest hit — though seemingly at random — large retail chains were also targeted.
Further away from downtown, the damage was more sporadic, but left its mark all along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Several volunteers told Breitbart News they had shown up at sunrise because they wanted to be “part of the solution.”
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, is available for pre-order. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.