Jamal Brown, former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign press secretary, took to Twitter Monday lambasting President Donald Trump for his response to the growing violence in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Forty-six-year-old Floyd lost his life after being aggressively pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer for more than 8 minutes as he gasped for air, fell unconscious, and then died.
In wake of the violence that followed Floyd’s death, the President held a joint conference call meeting with governors across the country early Monday. During the call, Trump reportedly criticized the state leaders for being “weak” against the violent rioters and pressured them to enforce the rule of law.
Brown referred to Trump’s call for governors to gain control as an action against ‘black people’ and likened Trump to a klansman, he wrote on Twitter.
“White supremacists have been inciting violence & burning buildings over the last few days under the guise of ‘protestors.’ Now @realDonaldTrump is calling on governors and law enforcement to take action against “protestors” – i.e. Black people. Say it plain: Trump is a Klansman,” Brown wrote.
The historic St. John’s church across from the White House has been set on fire: https://t.co/mWgtdkwBq3
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 1, 2020
A number of protests turned violent overnight including in the nation’s Capitol where a historic church was set ablaze and looters raided businesses across the city.
Looters have completely destroyed what seems to be a local liquor store. They were still grabbing stuff when I went inside to take a look: pic.twitter.com/4HEiKu3xSw
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 1, 2020
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The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections
New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.
“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.
“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.
Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”
The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.
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