While leaving the White House grounds Thursday night after attending President Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention, attendees were confronted, harassed, and even attacked by angry mobs of rioters.
Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, was one of the victims. He wrote on Twitter early Friday morning that he was “attacked by an angry mob of over 100” and thanked the D.C. police for “literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
Sen. Paul told “Fox & Friends” Friday morning of the “horrific” scene. “Our hotel was only right across the street from the White House. But we couldn’t go because the mob was already chasing people down that chose to go out that exit,” he said.
Secret Service directed the attendees to get on a bus to the Trump hotel, which took 45 minutes, he added. The couple chose to order an Uber to their hotel but they had to be dropped off blocks away because of road closures and walk, and Paul said it was a ‘regrettable’ choice.
The mob noticed them and immediately began approaching the couple, and the group grew in size.
“As they were surrounding us… the policemen were forming a barricade with their bodies,” he explained. “I whispered to the policeman, ‘they know who I am, you’ve got to get reinforcements, it’s going to get worse.’ He called for reinforcements, but we didn’t get any reinforcements. We waited, but the crowd was getting bigger and bigger and pushing in. They were yelling threats, they were trying to push the police over to get to me, they were grabbing at us, and it got worse and worse. And then finally we decided to make a move… and they were shouting threats to us, to kill us, to hurt us, but they’re also shouting ‘say her name, Breonna Taylor.’
“You couldn’t reason with this mob, but I’m actually the author of the Breonna Taylor law to end no-knock raids, so the irony is lost on these idiots that they’re trying to kill the person that’s actually trying to get rid on these no-knock raids.”
“We’ve got to wake up. We can’t have Joe Biden rule the country and have no police. I mean, we can’t walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That’s how bad it is.”
Further, it’s his belief that the rioters “were paid to come here,” later adding that “my feeling is that there’s interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines, but you won’t know unless you arrest them.”
He said he will “probably” need security around D.C. and called for rioters to be arrested and questioned, saying its the only way to end the violence and lawlessness.
Here’s the video of rioters attacking Sen. Paul, his wife, and the police:
The mob also stood at a White House gate, where RNC attendees were exiting. They were shouting expletives and harassing the guests.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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