There’s pandering and then there’s whatever this is.
Multiple 2020 Democrat candidates tweeted out this week that Michael Brown, who assaulted a police officer and tried to steal his weapon, was murdered five years ago. Those who did so include Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Did I wake up in a different timeline?
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 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.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 9, 2019
Five years ago, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer. In the years since, we’ve heard too many names, too many similar stories, to count. In each, we are reminded of an idea as urgent, and as ignored, today as it was when Michael was killed: Black Lives Matter.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 9, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand also tweeted the same thing out, but her nearly non-existent campaign isn’t worth the time to go copy the link.
It’s one thing to virtue signal about a debatable issue for political reasons, but in the case of Michael Brown, there is no debate. Even Barack Obama’s DOJ concluded that the officer acted appropriately in defending himself.
Here, let me help. From Obama DOJ:https://t.co/NVoMZYN1pt
— Hudson (@HCashny) August 9, 2019
Past the political nonsense being perpetrated here, this is dangerous. This is the kind of rhetoric that helped spark the Ferguson riots in 2015 and to keep repeating it, even after it was proven he was not murdered, is patently insane. Truth is not subjective and these tweets seek to rekindle a fire that has no business reigniting.
Will any mainstream media outlet call this stuff out for what it is? We all know the answer to that.
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