To the extent he hadn’t already thrown his lot in with the hooligans destroying major American cities from Los Angeles to New York, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made it clear Tuesday that his allegiances lie with the anarchists. On his evening broadcast, Cuomo said that the George Floyd protesters had no obligation to be “polite and peaceful” during what appears to be an inner-city insurrection across the country. He went further, criticizing anyone who thinks that the big “problem” are riots, unrest, and burning buildings.
“Now too many see the protests as the problem. No, the problem is what forced your fellow citizens to take to the streets: persistent, poisonous inequities and injustice,” Cuomo said. “And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because I can show you that outraged citizens are what made the country what she is and led to any major milestone. To be honest, this is not a tranquil time. Police are the ones required to be peaceful, to deescalate, to remain calm.”
Cuomo’s endorsement of anarchist mayhem drew sharp condemnation from conservatives. “Conservatives,” in this instance, being defined as anyone who actually thinks we should try to stop criminals from destroying our cities and killing our police. You know the type – real right-wing fascists.
“Yeah it’s not like the First Amendment specifies our rights as ‘peaceably to assemble,'” tweeted The Federalist’s Ben Domenech.
He was joined by National Review’s Rich Lowry, who wrote, “Old line: the protests are mostly peaceful. New line: who says protests have to be peaceful?”
Heaven knows what the final take will be on this madness.
Donald Trump Jr. said that Cuomo was guilty of “carrying water for violent criminals.”
“Imagine saying that less than a day since Captain David Dorn was killed in cold blood by looters? Truly disgusting,” Trump Jr. wrote.
But maybe that’s just Chris Cuomo. A man who believes in the nearly-unlimited assembly and speech rights afforded to the American people under the First Amendment. A man who is extremely loath to see the government enforce restrictions of any kind on the free movement of We, The People. We can respect that. It doesn’t necessary make Cuomo a smart man, but it at least makes him a…
Oh wait, what?
Oh, Chris was singing a different tune a month ago? Hmm, let’s take a look:
“Once again today, you saw the tweet from the president today calling those armed protesters who stormed Michigan’s capitol ‘very good people.’ He wants the governor to give into them. How about that? He says talk with them. They’re good. Because he’s so inviting of dissent, right? The man who condemns everyone and every institution that does anything but what he wants. Good people with AR-15s in tow because you need that to protest.”
Correct us if we’re wrong, but as we recall, those Michigan lockdown protesters were armed…but they were also polite and peaceful, were they not? Peaceful, without a doubt.
We wonder what it could be about the current protests that made Cuomo have such a change of heart. We just can’t…quite…figure…it…out.