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Rashida Tlaib doesn’t miss opportunity to turn Mich shutdown protests into racially-charged attack on cops

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Radical Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivered a racially charged Twitter rant on Thursday in response to armed protesters swarming the state capitol in defense of their constitutionally guaranteed right to live, earn a living and take care of their families.

Instead of focusing on the purpose of the protest, which was to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s controversial decision to extend the state’s economically devastating and arguably tyrannical stay-at-home order by 28 days, Tlaib latched on to the race of the protesters.

Part of the protest can be watched below:

Here’s how Tlaib responded:

To hear her tell it, there’s some sort of equivalence between the criminal suspects who are sometimes justifiably gunned down by the police for resisting arrest (or outright attacking the cops) and the working-class Michiganders protesting on behalf of their rights.

In other words, the decision by local authorities to not open fire on the protesters as they practiced their absolute right to protest while bearing arms (as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) somehow proves that racism is alive and well in America.

She’s not the only one who feels this way. As footage of the protests went viral, so did the racially charged hashtag #whiteprivilege and false equivalences between the protesters in Michigan and the entitled multimillionaire NFL athletes who’d protested on behalf of criminals a couple of years back.

Some also tried to draw a false equivalence between the peaceful protesters in Michigan and the demonstrably violent protesters in Mississippi who four years ago tore up the city of Ferguson on behalf of Mike Brown, a criminal suspect who’d been justifiably gunned down after he attacked a St. Louis police officer.

Look:

Note how these left-wing zealots chose to describe the protesters in Michigan as “white supremacists,” “terrorists” and “brownshirts.”

This irrational belief that the folks fighting for their rights are the brownshirts is likely a product of these left-winger’s over-consumption of left-wing propaganda.

In a blog post published Thursday, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi noted that an increasing number of demonstrably left-wing outlets have in recent years been promoting the very sorts of behavior that are innate to actual brownshirts, fascists, Marxists, Stalinists, Nazis, whatever you want to call them.

“Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era,” he wrote.

Though The Atlantic wasn’t the first to attack free speech:

“This interesting take on the First Amendment was the latest in a line of ‘Let’s rethink that whole democracy thing’ pieces that began sprouting up in earnest four years ago,” Taibbi continued.

“Articles with headlines like ‘Democracies end when they become too democratic’ and ‘Too much of a good thing: why we need less democracy’ became common after two events in particular: Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary race, and the decision by British voters to opt out of the EU, i.e. ‘Brexit.'”

For some inexplicable reason, the rise of liberty-minded populism has inspired some members of the media (and thus their loyal readers as well) to embrace the tenets of actual authoritarianism.

And as it stands, the people who’ve embraced actual authoritarianism have clearly become so blind to reality that they think that protesting on behalf of actual constitutionally guaranteed rights makes one a “brownshirt.”

Vivek Saxena

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