Cline’s weak and selective response to protests

Congressman Cline has issued a statement on the protests following the killing by a police officer of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis:

Congressman Cline:

When are you going to call out Trump on his deranged and incendiary reactions to the protests– and about any number of subjects? That’s your necessary first step. Until you do that, everything else you say is beside the point

You express your respect and appreciation to those who protested peacefully. But you have nothing to say about the use of tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters outside the White House so Trump could have a photo op holding a Bible he has never read in front of a church where he was not invited. Or about the many other instances of unnecessary or excessive force by police. Until you can manage that, your denunciation of violence rings hollow.

You may want consider the the opinion of Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of only two African-American Republicans in Congress.

“But obviously, if your question is, should you use tear gas to clear a path so the president can go have a photo-op, the answer is no.”

Can’t you even acknowledge that?

Finally: It’s all very well to quote the Floyd family. I agree with them, as I hope most Americans do. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch a powerful statement by George Floyd’s younger brother Terrence.

The meaning of his words are clear enough. Not only is the Floyd family committed non-violence; it is committed to voting people like you and the president you so dutifully support out of office.

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