Oh my. It sure would be a shame if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t get re-elected in November, because we’d sure miss her commentary.
Yesterday about 22,000 people attended a pro-Second Amendment rally in Richmond, VA. Some 6,000 entered the secure perimeter of the Capitol Square where weapons were not allowed, and another 16,000 or so gathered behind the fenced-off perimeter.
Many of those outside could be seen openly carrying their firearms to protest new gun laws being discussed by the Virginia state legislature. Some were carrying Gadsden or (GASP) Confederate flags.
There were rumors and fears the protest would become a violent showcase for white nationalists.
It did not.
There was no heavily armed police presence yesterday. There was no violent confrontation. AOC blames it on RACISM.
In an interview posted on social media, AOC contrasted the gun rights march in Richmond with protests against Eric Garner’s killing.
“When we go out and march for the dignity and the recognition of the lives of people like Freddie Gray and Eric Garner the whole place is surrounded by police in riot gear without a gun in sight,” she opined.
“And here are all of these people flying Confederate flags with semiautomatic weapons and there’s almost no police officers at that protest,” she continued.
Well ma’am, no windows were broken. No storefronts were torched. No rocks were thrown. No cars were rolled. There was no violence at all.
Instead, protestors chanted "We will not comply;" sang the national anthem; and recited the pledge of allegiance.
In a final act of racist outrage, protestors were seen picking up trash as they left the protest.
In the end, only one person was arrested for wearing a mask.
According to the Washington Post, 21-year-old Mikaela E. Beschler, of Richmond was charged with one felony count of wearing a mask in public.
Police said an officer saw Beschler three times with a bandanna covering her face, and had warned her twice to adjust the bandanna.
After initially reporting no arrests were made, Capitol Police said 21-year-old Mikaela E. Beschler was charged with wearing a mask in public in the 800 block of East Broad Street on Monday. https://t.co/JVyX8WVElk— WFXR News (@WFXRnews) January 21, 2020
The 1950s-era law — aimed at unmasking the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia — makes it illegal for anyone over the age of 16 to conceal their face, and therefore their identity, in public. The felony carries a maximum of five years in prison, per the Washington Examiner.
Now in fairness to Ms. Beschler, she wasn’t the only one covering her face in the chilly weather, which was in the 20’s and 30’s all day. It’s unknown at this time why she was arrested and others were not.
No doubt it was for some racist, sexist or homophobic reason, right AOC?