LAS VEGAS, NV- Cops are racist. The only people they ever arrest are black and brown people. They beat them unnecessarily, they target them, and they give special treatment to white people.
This is the message that 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren sent during one of her campaign events in Nevada to the people attending.
Obviously, those weren’t her exact words, but given the past rhetoric she’s spewed, combined with the current stupid statements she made, they may as well be.
Her exact words were:
“I get it, I am not a woman of color. I never got thrown across the hood. I have the privilege of never having been slammed into the wall by a police officer.
But I tell you this: I listen to people who have. I listen and I say, when I am President of the United States that is not going to happen here.”
There are so many things wrong with that statement. But we’ll focus on the most anti-police aspect, which is, of course, the obvious racial undertone.
Her statements are reckless and irresponsible and aim to perpetuate the animosity between police and the communities they serve.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 20, 2020
It’s been suggested by multiple outlets that Warren said these things in order to gain some type of traction with votes from the black community. As it was, she had very little. If that’s true, this is not the way to do it.
But then again, she knows that, doesn’t she? She is stupid, but she’s a smart stupid. Pandering to the part of the black community that screams police brutality and racism at the drop of a dime is not the way to bring unity to the people of America.
How alienating to the many, many good people of the black community.
How alienating to police officers.
What a cowardly scapegoat to participate in.
While it may be low of her, it’s by no means a new tactic.
Six Women of Color Quit #ElizabethWarren’s #Nevada Campaign Citing ‘Toxic’ Work Environment https://t.co/1sXlXX59ux via @RollingStone It mattered when it counted. #BernieSanders campaign did an excellent job attracting a diverse coalition in the state. #USPolitics
— Uber Rock JDB (@Toronto1) February 24, 2020
August 9 of 2019 marked the fifth anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The ever wise Warren had this to say:
“Five years ago, Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot six times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 9, 2019
What about ill-informed politicians spreading lies and hatred and encouraging the divide of the American people?
How should we confront that, Ms. Warren?
As a reminder, former President Barack Obama’s US Department of Justice said there was “no credible evidence that [Officer] Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat.”
But I guess that’s neither here nor there.
Try as she might by smearing the good names of police everywhere, her racist and anti-police comments didn’t help her at the polls. She earned only 9.7% of the votes, according to the Washington Post, which put her in fourth place and got her zero delegate votes.
Interestingly, six women of color left her campaign between November and the beginning of February. Their reasoning? They were clearly meant to be more “colorful” decoration than actual valued members of Warren’s team.
One of the women, Megan Lewis, was a field organizer with Warren’s campaign from May-December of last year.
She told reporters with Politico Magazine:
“During the time I was employed with Nevada for Warren, there was definitely something wrong with the culture.
I filed a complaint with HR, but the follow-up I received left me feeling as though I needed to make myself smaller or change who I was to fit into the office culture.”
Another staffer, who requested anonymity, had this to say:
“I felt like a problem — like I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it.
I think it's time we disown EW. This is not how you treat employees. https://t.co/obOG4fFCRY
— Cindi P? (@CindiPargressiv) February 18, 2020
We all were routinely silenced and not given a meaningful chance on the campaign. Complaints, comments, advice, and grievances were met with an earnest shake of the head and progressive buzzwords but not much else.”
Warren publicly apologized to the six women. I mean really, what else could she do? She used them for photo ops and outreach to the black community, so why wouldn’t she use their leaving as an opportunity to say even more “progressive buzzwords” to make herself look like she gives two rat turds about said black community?
“I believe these women completely and without reservation. And I apologize that they have had a bad experience on this campaign.
I tried to build a campaign and an organization that is diverse and welcoming, that celebrates people, that encourages people to bring their whole selves to work every single day.
I take personal responsibility for this, and I’m working with my team to address these concerns.”
How big of you.
Elizabeth Warren pretended to be Native American for much of her adult life.
That lie benefited her career at the expense of actual women of color.
Elizabeth Warren will life and do anything to benefit her own career. https://t.co/OG7aTfF7nY
— Jonathan Copeland (@thebrick00) February 21, 2020
Earlier in February during a campaign event in New Hampshire, Warren said:
“[I understand] the long legacy of racism in this country and what it means, how it creates power dynamics and inequities that are toxic and dangerous and that’s why we need to be constantly vigilant and determined to do better.”
You know, because the long “legacy” means that all current cops are racist and brutally attack black and brown people without cause.
The only reason she’s escaped such negative police attention in all of her seventy years is because of white privilege, right?
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In August of last year, we brought you a letter from a police widow to Elizabeth Warren.
Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of my husband Deputy Tim Graham, who sacrificed his life in the line of duty protecting his community. Today should, for my friends and family, be a day of commemorating the life of an extraordinary man.
We should be poring over photo albums, retelling favorite stories and celebrating the life of a wonderful man who willingly gave his life in service to others.
Instead, I am sitting alone in front of my computer writing this letter to you, because, in simple terms, I am fed up.
I am sick to death of the lies. I am sick to death of the rhetoric.
I am sick to death of people, such as yourself, who are willing to push a false narrative regardless of how many times it has been debunked.
Why? Simply because you are so sullied by political ambition that you are willing to blatantly lie to the American people about an incident that was investigated by the Department of Justice of an administration that did not bother to hide it’s contempt for law enforcement, yet STILL exonerated Officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing, and concluded that the shooting was justified, WELL within the parameters of self-defense.
Yet your tweet yesterday showcased either your stunning level of ignorance, or your blatant willingness to misrepresent an incident, regardless of the truth, and regardless of the innocent lives of law enforcement officers and their families that it could potentially affect. Frankly, whichever is true, your recklessness and blatant disregard for the safety of some of the greatest Americans in this country is abhorrent.
Are you so blinded by your desire to reside on Pennsylvania Avenue that you are willing to pander to the American people to this degree? To unabashedly prey upon people that you know can be emotionally manipulated? Have you any shame?
You either chose to ignore the highly detailed investigative DOJ report exonerating Officer Wilson, or you have read it, and are still choosing to falsely represent its findings. Either way, I repeat, shame on you. I’ll attach it here, perhaps you might peruse it while flying across the country in your private jet to attend another event where you will, no doubt, continue to lie to another gathering of American people.
Michael Brown was not murdered. He died because of the choices he, and he alone made that day. And do you know who paid the price? Ferguson business owners. Law abiding citizens, whose lives were endangered during the violent riots. Police officers dispatched from agencies across the state.
Are you aware that Officer Wilson’s family had to go into hiding after the riots? That his life was destroyed, even though he did absolutely nothing wrong?
That he endured endless death threats to himself and his family? That he can no longer do the job he worked so hard and sacrificed so much to do?
That he feels the need to disguise himself when he goes out? That his wife had to check in under an assumed name when she went to the hospital for the birth of their daughter?
That they struggle to make ends meet, while the Brown family raked in a settlement of $1.5 million dollars, and undisclosed amounts from a book publishing deal (although the book is allegedly non-fiction, it is anything but) and countless other ventures.
Are there mistakes and hiccups you could pull out of Officer Wilson’s file and hold up to the light? Certainly. He was human.
Just like every other man or woman who puts on that star or badge every day. But in the climate today, flaws, missteps or mistakes are seemingly unacceptable for a law enforcement officer.
It doesn’t matter how much good they do on the street, how many lives they have touched, how much trauma they have endured over their career of dealing with the absolute worst that society has to offer.
Are you aware of how many messes that officers must clean up on a daily basis? How many fights they break up, how many dead bodies they have see?
How many abused children, drug addled teenagers, beaten spouses, horrific suicide aftermaths, death notifications they have made?
How many death threats they have received themselves? The hurled insults, the threats to their spouses and children of rape and murder.
The being spit upon, vomited on, urinated on. The bodily fluids that are hosed out of their patrol car and onto residential streets every night after a twelve-hour shift?
The laundry they refuse to allow to co-mingle with baby blankets and toddler onesies? Do you have any idea what it is like to watch the person you love most in this world walk through the door at night with the weight of all that upon their shoulders?
Can you even conjure up an iota of compassion for what that must be like to carry that around over a thirty-year career?
Do you have any idea of what the families of officers who responded to the riots went through in the days following the incident? I am, I’ve spoken to many, who kissed their spouses and parent goodbye on the way out the door, dread eating their insides, only able to conjure up the worst-case scenario of what their loved ones were walking into?
Do you know some of those officers went days before they had the ability to check in with their families?
Do you know the agony of having to wait for confirmation that the person you love most in the world has not been injured or killed? Of course you don’t. Because you don’t care. You don’t care about anything but the quickest path to the position that holds the most power. And that is EVERYTHING that is wrong with politicians in this country today.
I know you won’t see this. I know you won’t read it. I’m a tiny little meaningless fish in a big pond that you use to feed your ego and addiction to power and influence. But maybe other people will.
Maybe people who will actually use reason and logic to look at the case you reference, and make their decision to base their conclusion upon the actual facts of the case, rather than relying on the manipulative tactics of a presidential candidate, who clearly is willing to dispose of any integrity or honesty in order to manipulate Americans to further an agenda.
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