Sen. Ed Markey wants to block Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, expand size of court, disarm police

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BOSTON, MA – Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacant seat left by the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Democrat Senator tweeted:

“Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are trying to steal yet another Supreme Court seat even after voting has already begun. We won’t let them. I will do everything in my power to block this illegitimate nomination.”

On Saturday, September 26th, Trump officially announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, which has set off a fierce partisan battle less than two months before the 2020 presidential election.

According to reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whom Markey has accused of “trying to steal” another justice, has already affirmed that Trump’s nomination will receive a vote on the Senate floor.

Many Democrats are accusing McConnell of disregarding precedent after he blocked former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. In response to the accusations, McConnell argued that Obama was seeking an “unusual favor” in that circumstance back in 2016, since Republicans were in control of the Senate at the time.

According to McConnell, citing another precedent:

“Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

Markey, echoing calls from other Democrats to expand or “pack” the court with more justices also wrote:

“If Trump and McConnell install a new Supreme Court justice before the inauguration, the Senate must abolish the filibuster and expand the courts.”

On September 25th, Markey released a statement on Trump’s nomination of Barrett:

“The vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg portends one of the most consequential Supreme Court nominations our nation has ever seen.

I will do everything in my power to stop Judge Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed to the Supreme Court and shifting the Court’s balance dangerously to the right for years to come.

And, if the Senate Republicans confirm Judge Barrett, Democrats must move to end the filibuster and expand the Court in the next Congress.”

In addition to not supporting Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, Markey recently called to bar police from using “weapons of war,” banning them from using tear gas, rubber and plastic bullets, and bean bag rounds.

Now, the head of the oldest police organization in Massachusetts is seeking the resignation of Markey after the “slap in the face” to law enforcement. In a letter to the senator, Massachusetts Police Association President James R. Guido wrote:

“I personally have been a supporter of yours for your entire career in Congress. I can no longer support you and frankly, you should step down as you are out of touch with the American people.”

In another statement, the 18,000-member organization denounced Markey’s September 14th tweet, which asserted that:

“Portland Police routinely attack peaceful protesters with brute force.”

In his letter, Guido made the case that police have been battling disrespectful outright lawless rioters nightly in Portland and throughout the country. He wrote:

“It is hard to fathom that a United States senator could make such an outrageous statement that is non-factual and a slap in the face to the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day protecting their communities.”

He added:

“There is a difference between peaceful protesting and what is actually taking place in Portland, which could be considered domestic terrorism on our own country.”

Since the death of George Floyd, Markey has called for expansive police reforms to prevent excessive force and to eliminate qualified immunity, which shields government officials including police from being sued for on-duty actions.

James Machado, MPA executive director added that Markey’s calls to defund and disarm police have “disappointed and angered” the organizations 18,000 members. He said:

“He’s made it personal.”

Allegedly, his campaign said that cops are “missing” the point of Markey’s position. Markey campaign manager John Walsh said in a statement:

“It’s about removing weapons of war from our neighborhoods and communities”

Markey’s republican challenger, Kevin O’Connor pounced on the controversy, marking him as the pro-police alternative. He said:

“He wants to diminish officers. This was an intentional insult of our police forces. His objective is to diminish them, not only in size and ability to defend themselves, but in terms of the stature they hold in our society. He does not respect law enforcement and he does not respect our cops.”

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BOSTON, MA – On Monday, September 14th, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts called to “disarm” all police officers of “weapons of war” and demanded a nationwide ban on various nonlethal forms of protection, including tear gas.

Markey, who is up for reelection to the U.S Senate wrote:

“Portland police routinely attack peaceful protestors with brute force. We must disarm these officers, and every other police department in America, of weapons of war,”

In addition, he expressed his support for a nationwide ban on tear gas and other nonlethal tools police use to protect themselves and the community during these violent riots.

Markey’s comments come in response to the long running protests and riots plaguing the streets of almost every city in the country, in the wake of the death of George Floyd. 

These protests, especially in Portland, have resulted in tremendous amounts of destruction, endless amounts of money lost in looted items, and physical and verbal violence against police officers. 

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) released a statement on September 10th confirming that individuals have said:

“they intend to kill or injure officers” [and have] “scrawled [threats to commit acts of violence] on police facilities and other property.”

This is the situation officers are facing, while a politician who is far removed from any of the violence, screams for police to have even less at their disposal to protect themselves and others. 

In August, a Portland police precinct was set on fire, and officers were seriously injured when rioters threw rocks and frozen eggs at them. 

Not much has improved considering on September 7th, a crowd started a fire outside of another precinct building, chanting, “Burn it down,” which lead police to make 15 arrests.

While Markey made this call to disarm police of “weapons of war” and tear gas, he did not offer any solutions on how he expects officers to protect themselves or others. He did not offer any solutions that would help end the violence and destruction taking place nightly. Instead, since he is running for re-election, he grandstanded and tried to fit into what he thinks his voters want to hear. 

Like most people on the left, Markey flipped the narrative, and stated that police are actually the attackers, while the protesters are harmless and innocent. 

 

Portland police responded that removing these tools of defense from officers was dangerous, stating:

“Banning the lawful use of CS will make it very difficult to address this kind of violence without resorting to much higher levels of physical force, with a correspondingly elevated risk of serious injury to members of the public and officers.”

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Here is more on the types of situations officers are facing in Portland.
 

PORTLAND, OR – This is the kind of garbage law enforcement is up against these days.

A demonstrator in Portland decided to put his craft on display during a face-off with police. 

In Portland’s 101st night of demonstrations on Sunday night, a man going by the name of “No$hu,” set up a portable PA system and a mic on the sidewalk of blocked off Northeast 6th Avenue on the North Side of the city.

Portland based rapper/protestor calling himself No$hu freestyle challenges a Portland police office in riot gear, on the 101st night of protests in the city.
Portland based rapper/protestor calling himself No$hu challenges Portland cop in riot helmet to a freestyle battle, on the 101st night of protests in the city.  Photo via Twitter.

The idea came to barefoot, dreadlocked rapper No$hu (pronounced No Shoes; real name unknown) to bring his portable system down to a demonstration, and facilitate a freestyle rap protest. 

His intention appears to have been a desire to give creative voice to the grievances that he feels fuel the protests and demonstrations. 

No$hu’s grievance airing raps do provide a more productive outlet than setting buildings on fire, though his lyrics seem to advocate for such, including phrases about burning the whole system “to the ground.”

The night almost seemed to belong to No$hu (and perhaps could have, with more tact and discipline), as he invited other area rappers to come up and join him, sharing some defiant and profanity laced bars together for the crowd’s enjoyment. 

He also invited speakers to share some thoughts.  One of those speakers was his friend, Camillo Massagli from Seattle, also known as “Trumpet Man.”

Sometime shortly after Massagli spoke, some demonstrators who shared Nu$hu’s “burn it down” philosophy acted on those impulses within earshot of the loudspeaker, setting a mattress fire in the street, near the North Precinct Community Policing Center.

 Many in the crowd began changing, “burn it down,” while the fire burned brightly in the street.  

Heated confrontations ensued between the protestors and officers of the Portland Police Bureau holding line to block off the street. 

Officers had moved in to control the crowd, as firefighters also moved in to extinguish a large fire set by the burning mattresses.  Massagli was arrested when he would not move back, as most of the crowd did, when the police ordered them to. 

After Massagli’s arrest, No$hu was moved to express his frustration directly in the face of an officer on the line.  The result is the freestyle rap recorded below, which has gone viral on social media. 

The video has garnered over 246,000 views on twitter alone.  The rapper gave an appeal in the song to either free Massagli, or arrest him along with his friend.

Here are more of the freestyle lyrics:

“(video cuts in) …now we’re taking back our f***ing land.

It ain’t yours cuz you stole it.

I got the flow like the ocean; roll like I’m bowling.

Look… if you was a man, you would grab the microphone and you would f***ing rap.

Honestly homey, we would give you props; we just want all the bull***t to stop.

We just wanna talk, homey, it’s all love.  You got Trumpet Man but this sh** ain’t done.

He’ll be out when the sun comes up (that’s the morning); yeah we hit L.A., we was touring.

And y’all cops just ignore the sh** that we say; that’s why we’re gonna burn it today.

F**k the whole system, it’s bout to burn to the ground; this is Portland baby this is our town.

They don’t even live here that’s a mothaf***kin’ fact; you live in the sticks mothaf***ka go back.

It’s true, you can’t front; I grab the microphone and yeah, I get it done.

I’m takin’ down your badge, you know I know the math; I could see it in your eyes you get a little mad.

And you kinda sad cuz you know this sh** true; I’m tryna speak dog I’m tryna speak straight to you.

Straight to your heart, I know that you feelin’ my lyrics; this sh** hit deep in your spirit.

You can’t ignore it, this is mothaf***kin Portland; I grab the microphone and say this sh** important.

Listen, you the one in the suit; I got no shoes homey who the f**k are you, baby?

I just want soup for my mothaf***kin family; these cops man this a f***kin tragedy.

The way you act out and defend all these mothaf***kin pedophiles.

But in the end, the truth comes to light; this is a fight.

It’s a revolution and we struggle day and night.

I know you got might, I know you earned stripes.

I know you got a job, but it’s time this sh** stops.

C’mon dawg, I just wanna talk…

Do you?

I be comin’ through; my name is No Shoes

Introduce yourself.

Let’s have discussions.

No interruptions.

No purpose.

No agendas.

Just you and me.

I’m talking to you, and the Portland police.

Real talk, I know that you feel it; cuz it’s coming with the f***king heart with my lyrics.

C’mon man…

Step up…

Step up…

Whatcha gon’ do?  Ya got Trumpet Man f**k it; I’ll come too.

Put me in the cuffs, I don’t give a f**k; I gotta get it done.

Yeah… should arrest me too; I’ll sleep in the cell, sh**t, I’ll feel cool.

Me and Trumpet Man bout to have a dinner, three meals a day.

F**k it homey… (video ends)”

The officer showed restraint and disciplined training, as he stood motionless and calm while No$hu rapped. 

He positioned himself two feet from the officer’s face, and rapped freestyle for several minutes while pointing fingers close enough to touch the officer’s face shield.

At some point shortly after the video ends, police announced with a loudspeaker that officers would be disengaging from the line.  The crowd of protestors cheers. 

Protestors were instructed in the announcement not to follow the officers as they pulled back.  Some didn’t listen, including No$hu.  He grabbed his microphone and battery powered PA speaker, following the line of officers while starting to rap again. 

Officers converged on him and a couple others, making arrests and pushing back the crowd; some falling down.  An officer made another loudspeaker announcement, warning the crowd once again not to follow the officers as they pulled back. 

 

Interestingly enough, No$hu indicated in his freestyle that he believes police are “protecting all these pedophiles.”

In actuality- it is bureaus and departments of local, state, and federal law enforcement all over this nation, who are making a record number of arrests in child trafficking stings. 

They are also rescuing record numbers of children… all during this particular Administration’s crackdown.  Ironically, it is also this Administration for whom protesting groups such as BLM and Antifa seem to hold such disdain.

Perhaps No$hu may be interested in having a discussion about this, if he generally hates the pedophilia and child sex slavery that he seemed to indicate in his creative, though profane freestyle.

One has only to search our site for “child trafficking” articles, to pull up droves of stories detailing exactly how law enforcement is involved in the ongoing child/human trafficking crackdown. 

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