• Protests vs. Riots: Leading Dems Make It Clear They Won’t Recognize the Difference

    Surge Summary: At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz forced the hands of a number of Democratic Senators who, nonetheless, refused to denounce recent Leftist riots which have threatened American cities and injured federal law enforcement officers.

    by Gary Bauer

    There was a very informative hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz.  It was titled, “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.”

    As you might expect, Sen. Cruz focused much of the hearing on Antifa’s role in fomenting violence and threatening free speech.  Senate Democrats were offered repeated opportunities to condemn Antifa.  They refused, bitterly clinging to the notion that the protests have been mostly “peaceful.”

    Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli testified that the 140 federal law enforcement officers protecting the federal courthouse in Portland had suffered more than 270 injuries as a result of these “peaceful protests.”

    At one point, Sen. Mazie Hirono stormed out of the hearing.  Sen. Cruz gave her another chance to condemn Antifa before she left.  She did not. Cruz then replied:

    “OK, she declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party.  I would note also that of the seven Democratic senators who spoke, not one of them apologized for or denounced multiple Democrats calling law enforcement officers Nazis, stormtroopers and Gestapo.”

    Another witness at the hearing was U.S. Attorney Erin Cox, who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate violent anti-government extremists.  According to Cox, the Justice Department has launched 300 domestic terrorist investigations since the end of May.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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