Far left Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, ducked and dodged a question this week about whether the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone seized in Seattle last month for 16 days “helped or harmed” her progressive cause, Fox News reported.
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The CHOP zone gave Seattleites, and all of Washington State a look at anarchy that included two homicides, four other people shot in three separate shootings, and several other reported crimes including assault and sexual assault.
After more than two weeks of occupation, the second homicide that left a 16-year-old dead and his 14-year-old companion wounded, apparently by self-appointed “security” people, Seattle police, backed by officers from nearby Bellevue and FBI agents moved in early one morning and took back the six-block district, arresting more than 50 people in the process.
NEWS FLASH: The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have announced that this year’s 35th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be a virtual online event only.
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, issued a statement explaining, “We will definitely miss the face-to-face personal contact with so many friends and activists. By switching to an online virtual event for the 2020 conference, we will reach a far broader audience.”
He anticipates the actual event and future visits will reach “at least 300,000 gun owners and rights activists.”
“Having to go virtual for this year’s event may be a blessing in disguise,” he said.
The conference was scheduled in Orlando the weekend of Sept. 18-20. This year’s theme is “Elect Freedom.”
“This decision was made after carefully analyzing and considering all of the circumstances. Given the current COVID-19 environment and constraints on travel, as well as the inability of our reserved hotel to accommodate us, we will make this year’s ‘virtual’ GRPC the important and memorable event of 2020. Together we will all make the Second Amendment great again.”
“We will provide updates on confirmed speakers and the multi-media platforms where activists can join us Sept. 19 and 20,” Gottlieb said.
Jayapal was questioned by Robert Costa from the Washington Post, according to Fox, but her answer to his question about the CHOP was evasive.
“Oh listen,” Jayapal reportedly stated, “I am a full believer in the right to protest and dissent and Seattle has a long history of that. It’s been a very effective tactic.”
In the Watergate days, that’s what the Washington Post called a “non-denial denial.”
The CHOP protesters have demanded a 50 percent cut for the Seattle Police Department, a proposal that Police Chief Carmen Best has called “reckless” and “political.” Liberal Mayor Jenny Durkan is also opposed to cutting the police budget.
The protests in Seattle—and elsewhere around the country—ostensibly began in frustration over the death of George Floyd while being held to the ground by one of four Minneapolis police officers with a knee on Floyd’s neck. It re-ignited the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, but many of those protests were co-opted and hijacked by anarchists involved in the Antifa movement, considered by many to be a domestic terrorist organization. Floyd was Black, the officer was white.
However, there has been silence from the far left in the wake of a shooting earlier this week that left a Bothell, Washington police officer dead. That officer, Jonathan Shoop, was white and had been on the job just over one year, and the suspect is a black man who was taken into custody following a manhunt that lasted for several hours.
Jayapal theorized that Seattle protesters clashed with police because they were angered at “the militaristic response that our police force had.”
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