Texas Dem candidate boldly proclaims: ‘If people loot, so what? Burn it to the ground’

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A Texas congressional candidate who’s expected to win her district’s nomination during a Democrat primary runoff election next month was caught on video this week speaking in defense of the looters and rioters who’d destroyed their communities a week earlier.

Congressional candidate Kim Olson had specifically been speaking about the emerging calls among Democrats to defund the police when she starting accusing the Dallas Police Department of having become militarized.

“We’ve really militarized and specialized, and you know it’s one thing to have a special team but tap everybody having what they call a long gun, to have snipers on the roof?” she said.

As evidence, she then pointed to what she’d witnessed firsthand while participating in a “peaceful protest” a week earlier.

When we marched in Dallas a week ago, they had snipers on the roof. What the hell do you have snipers on the roof on a peaceful march? Even if people loot, so what? Burn it to the ground if that’s what it’s gonna take to fix our nation,” she said.

Wait, what?

Fast-forward to the 3:29 mark in the video below to hear it for yourself:

She followed that remark up by immediately trying to walk back her statement.

I know people don’t want me to say that, but I’m just saying — what are you going to do do, shoot as us as we protest?” she said.

If her so-called “peaceful protests” involve the looting of private property, the burning of people’s businesses and the murder of innocent people, then yes, there might be some shooting of the perpetrators by trained authorities.

Judging by her own rhetoric, it’s clear that her definition of a “peaceful protest” does include looting at the least, if not also the others.

And FYI, saying “so what” about looting is immensely disrespectful to the business owners, some of them black, who’ve seen their lives turned upside down because of the actions of her so-called “peaceful protesters.”

According to Olsen’s Ballotpedia record, she’s a fairly high-profile figure and retired Air Force colonel who previously served as a member of the Weatherford Independent School District school board and now seeks to replace retiring incumbent Rep. Kenny Marchant.

She’s also the one most likely to win the upcoming Democrat primary runoff election.

“Kim Olson and Candace Valenzuela are running in the Democratic primary runoff for Texas’ 24th Congressional District on July 14, 2020,” Ballotpedia notes.

“The winner will advance to the general election on November 3, 2020. Olson received 40.9% of the vote to Valenzuela’s 30.4% in the March 3 primary election.”

So she’s no random figure, yet she’s out here saying “so what” about looting and “burn it to the ground” about rioting. It’s not a good look, which is why the National Republican Congressional Committee has begun using the clip above to help boost the campaign of her chief challenger, Republican candidate Beth Van Duyne:

Olson has for her part tried to dismiss the growing criticism against her by claiming that her otherwise clear-cut remarks have been taken out of context.

“This quote is being taken out of context,” her campaign manager said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “As a combat vet, Colonel Olson knows first hand the human heartbreak of violence.”

“She knows we cannot use force to fix a systemic problem of undue violence and discrimination perpetrated by those who are sworn to protect and serve. We have to rebuild from the ground up a color-blind public safety institution across America.”

Yet she doesn’t seem to “know” or care about the businesses that have been affected by looting in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, including Princess Pope’s Dallas boutique.

“The coronavirus pandemic closed Guns and Roses Boutique located at 2014 Commerce Street for weeks. Then just a short time after it reopened, it was ransacked and looted,” local station KXAS reported last week.

“I can’t believe it. I opened this business in 2014 and the only black-owned business on the street. I have worked so hard and have poured so much into this community for it to be done like this,” Pope, a black woman, said to the outlet.


Pope was one of many hit by Olson’s beloved looters.

“After a second night of looting and vandalism in Dallas, more business owners are now having to clean up the damage left behind at their stores. A number of shops had their windows broken by vandals, and items taken from inside,” station KDFW reported.

“There was nothing those at the One stop Express in Uptown could do. The looters entered the store just before 10 p.m., and stole whatever they could get their hands on. That included cash from the register.”

Olson’s defense of this sort of despicable behavior has made her a target for scathing social media criticism.



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