See below for Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA01)’s statement, about how we “must come together as a nation, not tear ourselves apart…listen, understand and respect each other” – at the *same time* that Donald Trump, the leader of *his party* who Wittman absolutely refuses to criticize in any way, is stoking the violence, tearing the country apart, and absolutely NOT listening to, understanding or respecting people. Just check out his Twitter feed, if you can stand it, where he writes:
- “It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!”
- “Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!”
- “Great job last night at the White House by the U.S.
@SecretService. They were not only totally professional, but very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe. They let the “protesters” scream & rant as much as they wanted, but whenever someone….got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard – didn’t know what hit them. The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic. Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would….have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least. Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action. “We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and….good practice.” As you saw last night, they were very cool & very professional. Never let it get out of hand. Thank you! On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved. “Not their job.” Nice!”
Yes, this is really our “president” and he’s really spewing this s*** out on Twitter (which refuses to kick him off, even though he’s massively violating Twitter’s own rules). As for Wittman’s reaction to all of this, it’s utterly pathetic, as usual, but so typical of people like him, Susan Collins, etc. – they say how “troubled” they are, or whatever, but in the end they do *absolutely nothing.” Worthless.
Also, see below for comments by Qasim Rashid – who’s running for the Democratic nomination in VA01 to take on the worthless Wittman – speaking a bit earlier today, after he attended a rally to honor the life of George Floyd and hosted a virtual town hall about “these systemic issues.” As Rashid so correctly says about Wittman’s statement:
“My Republican opponent put out one of the most tone deaf and offensive statements I’ve seen. He refuses, refuses to condemn police brutality. He just talks about the death of Ahmaud Arbery, as if they’re magically dying on their own, as if this is not a system of racism and white supremacy behind these horrific deaths. He refuses to condemn Trump’s call to, ‘when the looting begins, the shooting begins,’ an explicitly racist comment designed to advance a sense of white supremacy and kill people of color, particularly Black Americans. He refuses to condemn Trump’s call that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat. He refuses to condemn Trump’s promotion of Nazi ideology last week. And he has the audacity to say that we are hurting and mourning. He has done literally nothing, literally nothing to hold accountable the violent injustices against people of color and against Black Americans in particular…he refuses to name the problem, name the issues that we are struggling…This is the man I’m running against.”
I just attended a rally to honor George Floyd & hosted a town hall in healing our nation.
My GOP Opponent posted an empty statement while refusing to condemn police brutality or Trump’s calls to violence.
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) May 30, 2020