I was stunned to see how dangerous the situation became shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his speech, the fireworks went off and the last night at the Republican National Convention (RNC) came to an end.
It could have been far worse if not for the Washington D.C. Metro Police Officer and other federal law enforcement officials keeping watch over the growing crowds of unstable protestors and rioters outside the White House.
Sen. Rand Paul was targeted walking back to his hotel, while being escorted by Washington D.C. police. In fact, an officer who was escorting Sen. Paul and using his bicycle as a barrier was assaulted by one of the rioters and it was caught on camera.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” said Paul. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
I, like many others, stayed up late last night to watch President Trump speak. I heard some of the analysts pontificating “was it effective, was it too long, was it this, was it that.”
The Republican Convention by far was hailed an extraordinary success. The only thing, some analysts suggested, was the President’s speech could’ve been a litter shorter. I disagree.
First, if anyone can pull off a speech for more than an hour and half it’s President Trump but more importantly the later the RNC event went on the safer it was for everyone.
The crowds appeared to be smaller than earlier in the night. I believe the situation could’ve been far worse had the event ended hours earlier, so I for one am grateful for Trump’s long and inspiring speech.
As crowds begin to line up early this Friday morning in Washington D.C. protesting what they say is criminal justice reform and racial equality, we must remain vigilant. Innocent protestors, police officers, businesses and citizens going about their own business will get swept up in those that are sure to attempt to riot and destroy the city.
Worse, the fear that the situation could escalate to the point that someone could lose their life is very real. Don’t expect Washington D.C. leadership to do anything. The march in honor of George Floyd, who was killed during an altercation with a Minneapolis police officer is called the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington.
Interestingly, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the National Park Service didn’t seem to have a problem with 50,000 plus people marching in close proximity and the the NPS isn’t mandating mask wearing or social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic.
It makes you wonder when the same Democrats who support this march, were the same ones who railed on Trump for having an outdoor event on July 4th at Mount Rushmore. It feels like COVID-19 doesn’t exist in the Democrat, anti-Trump, reality when it’s something the leftest liberals are planning.
Rev. Al Sharpton will be one of many civil right’s leaders to march on Friday. He says the march is also in remembrance of the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same spot.
If this is true then all those who are attending should abide by Rev. King’s non-violent protests. It’s the only way to honor one of America’s greatest historical icons.
According to reports the organizers of the march began planning the event in June after the funeral of George Floyd. But the situation could escalate, as police officers who are rightly concerned about the situation have to walk a fine line with those they know are going to attempt to unleash a riot in the city.
We’re lucky to have such an amazing Washington D.C. Metro Police force. The men and women in blue put themselves on the line everyday and the March expected today on Washington is going to be a nerve wracking experience for everyone.
All we can hope for is that it will be peaceful and won’t get out of control. Too many lives have already been lost and there is too much to lose in the future if this doesn’t stop.
We need Democratic lawmakers to get out there and make bold statements asking for peace and speaking out against groups like BLM and Antifa who are behind much of the rioting and destruction in our cities.
If Democratic leaders, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden don’t do this they are part of the problem and as responsible for the destruction of our city.
Those that don’t speak out. Those that instigate calls for violence should be held accountable for whatever destruction is headed our way.
I certainly hope for peaceful protests and a shift in what we’ve been witnessing throughout our nation over the past three months.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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