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Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono got triggered after Republican Senator Ted Cruz pressed her to condemn Antifa violence.
Not only did Hirono refuse to disavow the left-wing savagery, but she walked out of Cruz’s Antifa hearing in a huff.
Hirono’s refusal to denounce the Antifa riots, looting, arson, and assaults is like the ostrich that buries its head in the sand, hoping this nullifies reality.
Hirono walked out after a testy exchange with Cruz, who was chairing a Senate hearing on the role that Antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists are playing in the alarming escalation of violence around the country.
Cruz slammed Democrats for not condemning Antifa riots, during which thugs burned down churches, torched federal courthouses, and beat up police officers and civilians.
Hirono got upset because Cruz asked her to specifically disavow Antifa instead of spouting vague platitudes about opposing violence.
Hirono said to Cruz: “Sometimes I don’t think you listen. How many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe?”
Cruz shot back: “Does that include Antifa?”
Hirono ignored the question and replied: “I hope this is the end of this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I’m leaving.”
Keep in mind that Democrats like Mazie Hirono have repeatedly demanded that President Trump condemn every fringe extremist who commits any act that can be weaponized against the Right.
.@MazieHirono walks out of Senate hearing after saying calls to defund police are not literal & refusing to denounce Antifa.@TedCruz: "You're welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 4, 2020
As Hirono packed up, Cruz sarcastically quipped: “I appreciate the kind, uplifting words of Senator Hirono. I would also note that throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa. Nor has any Democrat here.”
Cruz said to Hirono as she stood up to walk out: “You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.” Hirono refused.
Cruz then remarked: “She declined to speak, so that is the position of the Democratic Party.”
Ted Cruz says left-wing hoodlums with Antifa and Black Lives Matter are being enabled by Democrats who refuse to speak out against their terrorism or do anything to curb their daily assaults.
“We are seeing too many local officials — mayors and governors — who have made a cynical decision that it is in their partisan interest to turn a blind eye to this violence,” Cruz told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Cruz explained: “Not only are [Democrats] not stopping the violence, they are facilitating it. Every one of us has a right to speak. We have a right to protest. But what is happening is not free speech. And those who are peacefully protesting are seeing their protests hijacked by violent anarchists, by Marxists who are engaged in acts of terror.”
Cruz continued: “None of this is complicated: Don’t firebomb a police car. Don’t loot and destroy small businesses. Don’t murder police officers. What is striking is that in four hours of hearing in the Senate subcommittee that I chaired, seven Democrats spoke and questioned the witnesses. Not a single one dared to criticize Antifa in any way because they are making a cynical decision that they want to encourage these radical leftists who are assaulting and threatening American citizens.”
Cruz said Democrats keep insisting that Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs are engaging in “peaceful protests,” even though there’s an avalanche of evidence proving they’re violent, destructive terrorists.
“Just in Portland [there were] 277 injuries,” Cruz said. “We’re talking throwing pipes, throwing rocks, frozen water bottles. We’re talking hitting a federal officer on the head with a sledgehammer. We’re talking commercial-grade lasers to blind the officers. One of the commercial-grade lasers [can cause blindness]. They are pointing it at [police officers’] eyes. They have had over 30 injuries and a risk of permanent blinding.”
Cruz added: “That is what these terrorists are doing. And the Democrats not only are refusing to admit it, but they are ordering police officers not to protect [themselves or law-abiding civilians].”
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