Facing possible electoral calamity, Republicans are now turning to a familiar playbook: stoking fear by trying to redefine the Black Lives Matter movement as a radical leftist moblooking to sabotage the white, suburban lifestyle.
Republicans are using two lines of attack: the Trump administration, candidates in safe red seats and right-wing social media channels seek to label the entire movement “Marxist” and anti-family as they try to energize their conservative base. Republicans running in swing districts and states, meanwhile, are tying their Democratic opponents to activists’ demands to defund police departments, while avoiding explicitly mentioning Black Lives Matter. Instead, Republicans running in competitive general election races have focused recent ads on more abstract targets like “left-wing radicals” and the “liberal mob.”
Downtown Chicago Looted AGAIN
Look what :::checks woke catechism:::the police made Chicago citizens do in the early morning hours:
Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.
The officers had stopped several people on Lake Street near Michigan Avenue when shots were fired from a passing car around 4:30 a.m., nearly five hours into the widespread vandalism, according to police spokesman Tom Ahern. No officers were shot but a squad car was hit, he said. It was not known if anyone in the gunman’s car was shot.
Ahern said other officers were injured through the night. Earlier, an officer was seen slumped against a building by Grand and Wabash avenues as other other cops tended to him. It was unclear what had happened to him. Ahern had no details on the injuries.
The looting began shortly after midnight as people darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise. Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.
Police made “a lot of arrests” and recovered at least one gun, officials said. One woman with shopping bags in her hands fell on the sidewalk as an officer was chasing her. Another woman appeared to have been pepper-sprayed. A rock was thrown at a squad car.
It was not clear what sparked the latest vandalism, though in several spots graffiti against the police was seen.
Of course. Because the police, see, are the real problem.
[Police Superintendent David] Brown said “the seeds for the shameful destruction we saw last night” started with a police-involved shooting in Englewood Sunday afternoon. About 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man with a gun. He fled as they arrived, Brown said, and fired at officers. They returned fire, striking the man, who was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital and is expected to survive. The 20-year-old man had previously faced charges of domestic battery, reckless conduct and child endangerment, Brown said.
So cops were responding to reports of a career criminal with a gun. He shot at them. They fired back, and hit him. This is somehow wrong? More:
After the shooting, a crowd gathered in the area. “Tempers flared, fueled by misinformation,” Brown said. Shortly after that, police became aware of “several social media posts” about looting planned downtown. He said the department reacted by deploying 400 officers to the downtown area.
The first looting incident, Brown said, was at 87th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway, but “soon, car caravans were headed into the Loop” to begin looting.
Caravans of criminals. Today, the downtown of America’s third-largest city is shut down and sealed off.
The Narrative-maintainers are going to have to be working extra-hard today to defend their project. Chicago, by the way, has had 466 homicides this year, putting the city on track to have its deadliest year in over a decade.
Three weeks ago, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is black, had to call police out to protect her house from Black Lives Matter protesters demanding defunding of the cops. I don’t know why the mob was so mad. Mayor Lightfoot had already taken down the Christopher Columbus statues. What more can a deranged mob of racialists want?
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 10, 2020
Mass chaos in downtown Chicago. Hundred of people looting stores. Looters broke into a bank and ripped out the atm. They are trying to break into it. This is at State and Lake. @cbschicagopic.twitter.com/oKGrMHGADP
— Vi Nguyen (@ViNguyen) August 10, 2020
Here’s news from Politico today. Chicago’s spontaneous citizen-led redistribution of wealth last night is doing the GOP’s work for it:
It’s a distinction Democratic pollsters and lawmakers attribute to the dramatic shift in public views on police brutality, and who and what people associate with the declaration that “Black Lives Matter.” The new broad support for the movement, they say, makes it harder to tie Black Lives Matter to one person, organization or ideology.
UPDATE: I’ll give him credit for saying the right thing here, but I don’t think it’s going to convince anybody:
This act of pillaging, robbing & looting in Chicago was humiliating, embarrassing &morally wrong. It must not be associated with our quest for social justice and equality. #DrKing, #MedgarEvers & #JohnLewis, our martyrs, cry together in shame. #StopTheViolence#SaveTheChildrenpic.twitter.com/UxTJYVq51l
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 10, 2020
UPDATE.2: A reader complains that the original headline was wrong — that this is actually the SECOND time downtown Chicago was looted. I have changed it:
Nike store on Michigan Ave smashed and completely looted pic.twitter.com/IRZc4FuDBO
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) May 31, 2020
UPDATE.3: An Audi driver:
— ChicagoShadeRoom (@Realchibaby) August 10, 2020
UPDATE.4: Well, well, well. A Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer calls the looting “a reparation.”