I was stunned to see how dangerous the situation became shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his speech, the fireworks went off and the last night at the Republican National Convention (RNC) came to an end.
It could have been far worse if not for the Washington D.C. Metro Police Officer and other federal law enforcement officials keeping watch over the growing crowds of unstable protestors and rioters outside the White House.
Sen. Rand Paul was targeted walking back to his hotel, while being escorted by Washington D.C. police. In fact, an officer who was escorting Sen. Paul and using his bicycle as a barrier was assaulted by one of the rioters and it was caught on camera.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” said Paul. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
I, like many others, stayed up late last night to watch President Trump speak. I heard some of the analysts pontificating “was it effective, was it too long, was it this, was it that.”
The Republican Convention by far was hailed an extraordinary success. The only thing, some analysts suggested, was the President’s speech could’ve been a litter shorter. I disagree.
First, if anyone can pull off a speech for more than an hour and half it’s President Trump but more importantly the later the RNC event went on the safer it was for everyone.
The crowds appeared to be smaller than earlier in the night. I believe the situation could’ve been far worse had the event ended hours earlier, so I for one am grateful for Trump’s long and inspiring speech.
As crowds begin to line up early this Friday morning in Washington D.C. protesting what they say is criminal justice reform and racial equality, we must remain vigilant. Innocent protestors, police officers, businesses and citizens going about their own business will get swept up in those that are sure to attempt to riot and destroy the city.
Worse, the fear that the situation could escalate to the point that someone could lose their life is very real. Don’t expect Washington D.C. leadership to do anything. The march in honor of George Floyd, who was killed during an altercation with a Minneapolis police officer is called the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington.
Interestingly, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service didn’t seem to have a problem with 50,000 plus people marching in close proximity and the the NPS isn’t mandating mask wearing or social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic.
It makes you wonder when the same Democrats who support this march, were the same ones who railed on Trump for having an outdoor event on July 4th at Mount Rushmore. It feels like COVID-19 doesn’t exist in the Democrat, anti-Trump, reality when it’s something the leftest liberals are planning.
Rev. Al Sharpton will be one of many civil right’s leaders to march on Friday. He says the march is also in remembrance of the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same spot.
If this is true then all those who are attending should abide by Rev. King’s non-violent protests. It’s the only way to honor one of America’s greatest historical icons.
According to reports the organizers of the march began planning the event in June after the funeral of George Floyd. But the situation could escalate, as police officers who are rightly concerned about the situation have to walk a fine line with those they know are going to attempt to unleash a riot in the city.
We’re lucky to have such an amazing Washington D.C. Metro Police force. The men and women in blue put themselves on the line everyday and the March expected today on Washington is going to be a nerve wracking experience for everyone.
All we can hope for is that it will be peaceful and won’t get out of control. Too many lives have already been lost and there is too much to lose in the future if this doesn’t stop.
We need Democratic lawmakers to get out there and make bold statements asking for peace and speaking out against groups like BLM and Antifa who are behind much of the rioting and destruction in our cities.
If Democratic leaders, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden don’t do this they are part of the problem and as responsible for the destruction of our city.
Those that don’t speak out. Those that instigate calls for violence should be held accountable for whatever destruction is headed our way.
I certainly hope for peaceful protests and a shift in what we’ve been witnessing throughout our nation over the past three months.