U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi said Monday that Nashville Mayor John Cooper and other Democrat mayors nationwide are too timid to protect people from rioters.
Sethi said this in a press release on his Facebook page.
As The Tennessee Star reported, protestors in Nashville resorted to violence following a rally for George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis. They vandalized the Metro Courthouse and, later, parts of downtown Broadway.
Cooper embraced the protestors and attended Saturday’s rally.
Rioters have resorted to violence nationwide.
“What we saw this past weekend was political correctness run amok: cowardly Democrat Mayors, like John Cooper, are more concerned about political correctness and about what the liberal media thinks, than about protecting the people in our cities,” Sethi said.
“This cannot be allowed to continue. Our leaders have a moral duty to protect our citizens’ life, liberty, and property. They must step up. I am calling on every Mayor and Governor in this country to use every means at their disposal if the lives, homes and businesses of Americans are threatened, and to stop the violent, ANTIFA-led mobs ripping through our cities. They will not quit otherwise. We cannot allow ANTIFA to tear America apart. We cannot allow them to burn our cities, to harm our people.”
As for Floyd’s death, Sethi said that event deeply saddened and angered him. But Sethi also said that America is now talking about what he called real criminal justice reform.
“President Trump had already signed a landmark bill. That was a good start, and we must continue this work so these types of incidents finally end. But what we saw in that video was not representative of most police officers. I have cared for police officers who have put their bodies in front of bullets to protect us. I have seen their courage and devotion up close,” Sethi said.
“Protests are inherently American. The right to petition for redress of grievances is a basic constitutional right. However, we cannot allow what these protests have morphed into to continue. We have moved far beyond peaceful protest into lawlessness. These ANTIFA-trained revolutionaries have no interest in a more perfect union. It’s not about solving problems in policing to them, or helping heal neighborhoods. They want to bring down this country.”
Nashville law enforcement officials arrested a total of 28 people during Saturday’s riots or after that night’s 10 p.m. curfew, according to the Metro government’s website.
Metro Nashville Police, as of Monday, determined that the protestors left 30 damaged businesses and buildings in their wake.
Sethi said in his press release that CNN treats rioting as if it’s a legitimate form of protest.
“That’s wrong,” Sethi said.
“There are liberal radicals trying to incite a civil war by inflaming racial tensions. These radicals are insurrectionists, and should be treated like it. Nobody has the right to riot, to loot, to burn, to attack fellow citizens. Our leaders have a sworn duty to uphold the law, to protect our citizens, to put down insurrection. I am calling on them to do it now.”
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