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Columnist and Fox News contributor Liz Peek predicted the “silent majority” which has been silent in the last few weeks “will make their voices heard” come November.
In an opinion piece published by Fox News, Peek pointed out the “ever more silent” majority of Americans who are understandably “aghast” by the violent unrest breaking out across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. But speaking up against the left is simply dangerous, she contends.
“Most Americans are horrified by these offenses, but fearful,” Peek wrote, citing rioting and angry protests that have destroyed entire neighborhoods in the wake of looting and arson.
She also pointed to the recent decision by the Minneapolis City Council to eliminate its police department, as well as an “entire section of Seattle ‘occupied’ by anarchists,” referring to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, which just had some internal struggle over its name.
‘Chopped!’ Ex-CHAZ crowd shouts as new name honors bloody French revolution https://t.co/1eYJoMd4S3
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 15, 2020
Peek also pointed to the destruction and vandalizing of monuments and statues, the cancel culture effect on many popular television shows and the injuries sustained by more than 700 police officers during “mostly peaceful protests.”
“The woke mob will shame you and get you fired,” Peek wrote. “No one will stand up for you; no one will protect you. It is safer to remain silent.”
President Donald Trump has called for law-and-order, referring to the “silent majority” recently that he is hoping will rally and rise up to vote for him in November.
“In 1969, Richard Nixon called on the “silent majority” to push back against anti-war activists protesting America’s involvement in Vietnam. President Trump tweeted those words recently, suggesting correctly that most of the country opposed the chaos in our streets,” Peek wrote.
THE SILENT MAJORITY IS STRONGER THAN EVER!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020
A senior writer for CNN argued that the “idea of a silent majority is really a misnomer.”
“While majorities may not be out in the street, they aren’t silent. They make their viewpoints clear in the polling,” CNN analyst Harry Enten wrote, contending that polling correctly showed Nixon had broad support among Americans and Trump does not.
“Trump really is this unpopular, and he really is this disliked when it comes to how people believe he is handling race relations. He’s no Nixon,” Enten wrote.
But Peek pushed back in her op-ed, pointing out how he failed “to note that on several issues the public is aligned with the president.”
Peek cited examples like Americans generally agreeing with Sen. Tom Cotton who called for the use of troops to end rioting, despite the meltdown over at The New York Times over his op-ed. The latest push by the left to defund the police is also not widely supported in the country, with an ABC News/Ipsos poll showing 64 percent of the nation disagrees with the radical push.
And while the majority of Americans “disapproves of flying the Confederate flag in public places,” according to Peek, they also are not in favor of statues being torn down or vandalized. Other examples of those who fell victim to the “woke” progressive agenda were also cited by the columnist.
“Why aren’t people speaking out? It isn’t safe,” she wrote.
“The silent majority doesn’t believe a country that twice elected a black man president – by a majority vote – is racist; they don’t think a country that celebrates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King is racist,” Peek added. “Most important, they search their own hearts, and do not find racism.”
“Protesters, egged on by the liberal media, dismiss the facts; they celebrate emotion,” she continued, adding that the Left, once again, “is going too far.”
“Our nation has always been divided on many issues, including those concerning race and policing. But today is different. There has never before been such a concerted effort to shut down dissent. There have never been such all-out attacks on people, and not just their opinions,” Peek wrote, adding that “we hold the liberal media and also those managing our major social media companies accountable.”
She concluded that assessments claiming that polls accurately reflect public opinion are just wrong since many people are “afraid to admit” they support the president.
“If people are nervous about expressing support for Trump, imagine how reluctant they are to question the prevailing narrative on racism,” Peek noted.
But his political missteps should not make his critics too confident, she noted, adding that “if attacks on our cities, our cops and our public monuments continue, Trump will have the support of the silent majority in November.”
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