Radically far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid has taken grave offense to a warning Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered last week to what is apparently her favorite constituent group — criminals.
As previously reported, after Hurricane Ian struck Florida last week, the Republican governor warned would-be looters that the state’s residents are armed and ready to shoot if necessary.
“Don’t even think about looting. Don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation. You can have people bringing boats into some of these islands and trying to ransack people’s homes. I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home. And I would not want to chance that if I were you, given that we’re a Second Amendment state,” he said at an event Friday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warns people not to loot homes amid hurricane recovery: “You never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home…we’re a Second Amendment state.” https://t.co/zEQTa6EZra pic.twitter.com/EZaVPNXPDq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2022
To really drive the point home, he also described a sign he’d seen while touring an affected community on Thursday.
“They boarded up all the businesses, and there are people that wrote on their plywood, ‘you loot, we shoot,’” he said.
All this greatly offended Reid, a Black Lives Matter-supporting far-leftist who appears to care more about the interests of criminal deviants than about the interests of regular citizens.
Look at how she responded below:
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”—segregationist Miami sheriff Walter E. Headley, 1967
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) October 1, 2022
“‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’—segregationist Miami sheriff Walter E. Headley, 1967 … Didn’t take DeSantis long to return to form,” she tweeted Saturday.
She basically compared the governor to a segregationist — and all because the governor had the apparent nerve to tell looters to think twice before exploiting a tragedy to steal from their neighbors.
Reid’s tweet was quickly ratioed by two primary groups of critics.
One group slammed her for clearly being pro-criminal:
So, you’re pro-crime then?
— Tom McNaughton (@kirapapa) October 1, 2022
Joy Reid: “What? We can’t loot with impunity? How dare Desantis tell potential thieves they may be at risk if they decide to capitalize on someone’s tragedy!”.
— Ted (@DoseofReality55) October 1, 2022
So, if you are so pro-looter, would you mind leaving your doors and windows open and going away for a few days? There are probably some people who might want to obtain a few things.
— justanotherretiredcop🇺🇸🗽❌ (@retiredcop2014) October 1, 2022
— Steve (@StephenH2OMan) October 1, 2022
The second group tore into Reid for implying that only black people loot:
So you’re saying only black people loot? Sounds pretty racist to me
— Joe McWopSki (@LakesFirearmsTr) October 1, 2022
How is it racist? Youre the one assuming looters will be black.
— marilyn maupin (@marilynmaupin) October 1, 2022
This may come as a shock to you, but black homeowners in Florida have guns too.
— Michelle (@muchtoocommon) October 1, 2022
What is racist about warning people not to take things that don’t belong to them?
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) October 2, 2022
The truth is that looting is a multiracial phenomenon.
Case in point:
Sheriff’s deputies told me Thursday afternoon these people were arrested for looting on Fort Myers Beach. pic.twitter.com/j8JKRremlP
— Gage Goulding – NBC2 (@GageGoulding) September 30, 2022
Did anyone in the picture look black?
Reid’s defense of looting is, sadly, not a new phenomenon on the left. Ever since the violent, deadly Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, some liberals have been making the case that looting and even rioting should be tolerated.
Most famously, in 2020 a left-wing activist published a book titled, “In Defense of Looting.”
“Vicky Osterweil argues that stealing goods and destroying property are direct, pragmatic strategies of wealth redistribution and improving life for the working class — not to mention the brazen messages these methods send to the police and the state. All our beliefs about the innate righteousness of property and ownership, Osterweil explains, are built on the history of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous oppression,” the book’s Amazon description reads.
“From slave revolts to labor strikes to the modern-day movements for climate change, Black lives, and police abolition, Osterweil makes a convincing case for rioting and looting as weapons that bludgeon the status quo while uplifting the poor and marginalized. In Defense of Looting is a history of violent protest sparking social change, a compelling reframing of revolutionary activism, and a practical vision for a dramatically restructured society.”
Osterweil’s insane views even wound up getting a friendly write-up from NPR:
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 29, 2020
In an interview with the outlet, Osterweil brazenly said that caring about the fate of small business owners is a “Republican myth.”
“When it comes to small business, family-owned business or locally owned business, they are no more likely to provide worker protections. They are no more likely to have to provide good stuff for the community than big businesses,” she said.
“It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small-business owner must be respected, that the small-business owner creates jobs and is part of the community. But that’s actually a right-wing myth.”
It sounds like she and Reid would make for some great best friends …
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