Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono covers for Antifa, says protests are ‘peaceful’
Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) stormed out of a hearing convened by Sen. Ted Cruz on the activities of violent Antifa protesters during riots in Portland, calling the violent protesters in Portland “peaceful” and claiming that federal officers failed to protect them.
Cruz called the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution together to hear about allegations that protests in the U.S. have been hijacked by violent radicals under a loose association with anarchists also known as Antifa.
“Across the country, we’re seeing horrific violence, we’re seeing our country torn apart. Violent anarchists and Marxists are exploiting protests to transform them into riots and direct assaults on the lives and safety of their fellow Americans,” Cruz told Fox News.
But instead of listening to expert testimony, Hirono tried to hijack the hearings for the benefits of the anarchists.
“What we’ve seen in Portland, Oregon, is peaceful protesters in need of protection from federal officers,” Hirono said. “The hearing we should be having is one called the right of the people peaceably assemble without being beaten up by unidentifiable federal agents.”
Portland has witnessed some of the most violent demonstrations in the country’s history in the last two months, as protesters have worked as an occupying force, setting fires, vandalizing federal property and attacking police.
The New York Post says that the Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli testified that there have been 277 injuries to 140 officers in Portland during the “peaceful” protests, with 97 arrests of protesters.
Cruz accused Democrats of willfully ignoring the violence and injuries and trying to cover for the crimes committed by violent protesters.
“Elected Democrats want to ignore the violence of Antifa. They want to ignore the violence on the left and they just scream `white supremacist, white supremacist,'” said Cruz.
Cruz told Democrats that they could denounce the violence at any time.
The Democrats instead have accused the administration of using “secret police” to roundup protesters.
Cuccinelli bluntly told the committee that the U.S. doesn’t have “secret police.”
Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas and head of a Justice Department task force on anti-government violence, told the committee that legitimate protests are being stifled by violent extremists.
The danger, she says, is that Americans want to hear about legitimate grievances, but are put off by the violence of people who really have no protest and just want to tear down the country.
“Unlike the lawful protesters whose demonstrations they undermine, these anti-government extremists aim to tear down the rule of law in America,” she said. “They are drowning out the voices of the protesters that this country wants to hear.”
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