Several Democratic lawmakers who supported the massive Black Lives Matter protests following the death of African American George Floyd now condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to start presidential campaigns, arguing that they could spread the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
As Fox News pointed out, in the face of the events that will take place on June 19, Democratic legislators in big cities have not hidden their displeasure and their criticism has been based on the strict blocking measures in the CCP virus contingency, even though they ignored the same risks once the Black Live Matters protests spread throughout the country.
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), said Thursday that the president’s plan to hold demonstrations in Florida and elsewhere was irresponsible and selfish, setting the stage for a resurgence in the spread of the virus.
However, on Monday Demings had posted on her Twitter account that she had joined the demonstration of healing and hope where she spoke to several representatives of the African American community while “America weeps” over Floyd’s murder.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who suspended his presidential campaign in April, said he congratulated those who were protesting police brutality in the streets.
“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,” Sanders wrote on her Twitter account.
The former Democratic presidential candidate noted that the Republican campaign rally scheduled for the next few days in the state of Florida violated social distancing guidelines and was not subject to medical advice, and referred to President Trump as a threat to the health and well-being of the country.
Another contradiction came from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who last May strongly criticized those who spoke out in favor of the gradual reopening of American society proposed by the federal government.
“You have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health,” Cuomo said on Twitter.
Yet days ago Cuomo said he was “on his feet” with those who defied orders to stay home. “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,” he said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened in March to cut off power and water services to companies that reopened, arguing that he wanted to punish “irresponsible and selfish” behavior in the face of the pandemic.
But in response to the protests that broke out in the city after Floyd’s death, Garcetti said, “I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard—and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism.”
As Fox News reported Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser threatened $5,000 fines or 90 days in jail for those who violate stay home orders, although after Floyd’s death, she said, “We are grieving hundreds of years of institutional racism,” she said. “People are tired, sad, angry, and desperate for change.”
Withdrawing funds from the police
At the moment, the Democratic support to the protests involves some other political motivations such as the proposals that there are around the defunding of the police, justifying that the measure aims to fight racism inside the police force.
Some Democratic lawmakers have used the outrage caused by Floyd’s death to encourage the Black Lives Matter community’s call for withdrawing and redirecting police funds, an argument that has been commonly encouraged by the left.
The political motivations of the Democrats are not supported by a large majority of Americans, as a recent poll by ABC News and the consulting firm Ipsos showed. The poll showed that about two-thirds of Americans oppose the idea of defunding the police.