Conservatives aren’t laughing at a California Democrat’s dismissive remarks to an anti-illegal immigration activist at a recent town hall.
CNN’s Political Ticker notes, “Rep. Pete Stark must like going viral, at least amongst his conservative detractors.”
“Who are you going to kill today?” is how he solicited a question from a self-proclaimed Minuteman – the volunteer organization, which tries to prevent illegal crossings of the U.S. border – at a recent town hall meeting in Fremont, California. It went from there.
The questioner continued, seen on a video posted by The Golden Gate Minuteman on Youtube, questioning the California Democrat over what the government will do to “to seal our borders so that we’re a solvent country again.”
Stark’s answer: “We can’t get enough Minuteman armed. We’d like to get all the Minuteman armed so they could stop shooting the people here,” Stark said.
The questioner defended himself: “That’s not our job Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we’re just citizens looking for the United States government to constitutionally protect us.”
“We’ll try to get you some more arms and get you down there to shoot people,” Stark responded.
CNN notes that “[i]n September of last year [Stark] told a man he wouldn’t ‘waste the urine’ to pee on his leg.
“‘I don’t have to make fun of you, sir, you do a fine job all by yourself,’ Stark retorted later referring to the questioner as a ‘wacko,'” CNN adds about the Minuteman confrontation.
In 2007, Stark accused President Bush of sending troops to Iraq “to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”
He also once called former Colorado Republican Rep. Scott McInnis a “fruitcake.”
Suggesting that Minute Men are Ã¢â‚¬Å“killing peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â (not true Ã¢â‚¬â€œ they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t carry) and that our borders are secure (also obviously not true) Pete Stark ridicules a constituent when he demands to know why the government isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t doing its job in securing the borders
This arrogant condescending SOB deserves to be voted out of office. What a shameful display of behavior over such a serious issue. What disrespect and contempt for his constituents.
He kept taunting them as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“devilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s advocateÃ¢â‚¬Â, saying sarcastically they should arm the Minute Men so they can kill more people and then suggested everyone should have more guns. The Minute Men have never killed anyone, but our towns along the border are being taken over by the self-described Latino Marxist Revolutionaries who run drugs and traffic humans, destroy property, and kidnap and kill.
At her eponymous blog, conservative pundit/author Michelle Malkin complains that “Stark pissed all over voters concerned about border security” with his flippancy, blogging, “Just when I think Pete Stark Raving Mad canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sink any lower in his vulgar contempt for voters, he sinks ever lower again.”
Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’
Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."
The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.
The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."
You can see the tweets below:
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist
Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.
As Cato's Clark Neily wrote, in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- now all fired -- it is time for a reappraisal of legal protections provided to law enforcement personnel.
Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor
In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.
As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.