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Talk about turning on a dime, Democrats have spent the better part of two weeks cheering on the throngs of protesters taking to the streets in response to the death of George Floyd, even joining in with them as they eschewed any social distancing.
But now that the GOP announced the 2020 Republican National Convention will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., and President Donald Trump has said he’ll begin holding campaign rallies once again, these same Democrats are up in arms over the risks of spreading the coronavirus.
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) June 12, 2020
Look no further than Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a leading contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate — at least, until the faithful learns that the lawmaker is a former police chief in a department that has had its share of police brutality complaints.
Determined to play the role expected of a vice presidential candidate, Demings, who was one of seven Democrat impeachment managers presenting the sham case against the president during his trial before the Senate, took to Twitter to complain about the Trump campaign resuming rallies, citing a surge in the number of cases in Florida.
“The president’s plan to hold mass rallies in Florida and elsewhere as we experience a resurgence in COVID cases is irresponsible and selfish,” she tweeted.
The president’s plan to hold mass rallies in Florida and elsewhere as we experience a resurgence in COVID cases is irresponsible and selfish. https://t.co/G6tdqua70c
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 11, 2020
Never mind that just a few days earlier, the hypocritical Democrat participated in a rally in her home city of Orlando.
Demings and her husband, a former sheriff who’s now mayor of Orange County, Fla., each spoke at a “Hope and Healing” rally held in a church Sunday night.
The former police chief, who once had her service weapon stolen when she left it in her car, even touted her participation in the rally.
I joined a ‘Healing and Hope’ rally last night to speak with our community as America grieves. pic.twitter.com/s5oQKkVYOZ
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 8, 2020
Yet, she has the audacity of now complaining about Trump doing the same thing?
An argument was even made that the George Floyd protests actually “paved the way” for the president to hold rallies once again.
George Floyd protests nationwide have paved the way for mass gatherings in post-Covid America.
Trump rallies as early as next week.
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) June 9, 2020
The violent Black Lives Matter riots wiped COVID-19 from the front page of papers as if it never happened — with an eye on the November election, the media pushed all-in on propagating a racially driven police brutality narrative statistics do not support.
With the political value of the protests waning, and Republicans getting on with the business of the day, Democrats are pivoting back to the virus imported from Wuhan, China, to continue their never-ending attack on Trump.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who caucuses with the Democratic Party, jumped on the news that the Republican Party has selected Jacksonville, Fla., as the new location to hold its convention after the Democratic governor of North Carolina played politics and forced them to seek a new site.
Trump wants 15,000 delegates cheering him at his GOP convention in Florida. No social distancing. His rejection of medical advice endangers not only those there but those they come in contact with. Trump’s a threat to the health and well-being of the country. He must be defeated.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 11, 2020
Having no shame in his game, days earlier the self-avowed socialist was literally cheering on the violent cultural revolution playing out in American streets — which he conveniently characterized as “peacefully protesting.”
Congratulations to all who are out on the streets today peacefully protesting.
Together, we will end police brutality.
Together, we will defeat Trump.
Together, we will fight for a government based on justice and compassion, not greed and lies.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 6, 2020
This duplicity played out again and again, as Fox News reported:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had previously lashed out at protesters calling to reopen the state, saying at a news conference, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.” […]
Days later, though, Cuomo said he “stands” with those defying stay-at-home orders: “Nobody is sanctioning the arson, and the thuggery and the burglaries, but the protesters and the anger and the fear and the frustration? Yes. Yes, and the demand is for justice.”
In April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Jewish community that “the time for warnings has passed” after he said a funeral gathering had violated social distancing guidelines. In May, the mayor asserted, “We have always honored non-violent protests.”
And, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened in March to cut power and water for businesses that reopened, saying he wanted to punish “irresponsible and selfish” behavior. In recent days, he has encouraged mass gatherings, even as he condemned violence.
Working against Democrats, who will have their hands full trying to convince the American people that Trump and the Republicans are responsible for any potential coronavirus surge, is that night after night, televisions showed tens of thousands of protesters in the streets.
Not that their media enablers will not give it the old college try.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, beginning with Donald Trump Jr:
Things that will get you sick, according to media:
– Voting in person
– Trump rallies
Things that WON’T:
– 1000s protesting in streets
– Burning down communities
Protests started 2 weeks ago. Incubation period is 3-13 days. HACKS! https://t.co/6tl68xFri8
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 10, 2020
We gotchu NPR. The Trump rallies will be important public protests against socialism and in support of the US Constitution and Keeping America Great! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/ZzkY9t55Fb
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) June 11, 2020
LMAO. The media is switching back to “crowds are deadly” specifically when reporting Trump rallies are starting up soon.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) June 9, 2020
Prepare yourself for a litany of “scientific” studies, promoted by fake-news specialists, showing how the Trump rallies are causing the spread of the Wuhan virus while downplaying the impact of the protests and riots. It’s coming! Get ready. #FACT
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 11, 2020
If it’s safe for thousands of “protesters” to be out in the streets demonizing law enforcement, I think it’s safe to start having Trump rallies again! #KAG
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 8, 2020
You can’t complain about Trump rallies after weeks of protests where you kept silent, media and scientists.
Well, you can, but everyone will ignore you because you have no credibility.
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) June 8, 2020
The media can’t blame Trump rallies for a “second wave” if they’ve been silent about the health impact of 50,000 rioters packed into the streets
Dishonestly reporting on the “danger” of campaign events is election interference and anyone engaged in it should be held accountable
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 11, 2020
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