Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell tore a strip off a local Black Lives Matter chapter after it bailed out an activist who attempted to assassinate a Democrat candidate for mayor of Louisville.
The Minority Leader spoke before the Senate on Thursday and laid into the chapter.
“On Monday, my hometown of Louisville was stunned by what appears to have been an assassination attempt against a Jewish mayoral candidate by a prominent far-left activist who’d previously called for defunding our police department,” he said.
“This far-left Black Lives Matter activist and defund-the-police cheerleader walked into a Jewish Democrat’s campaign headquarters and opened fire. Obviously, every aspect of this is still under investigation, including the suspect’s mental condition.
“But guess what: He’s already been let out of jail. A left-wing bail fund partnered with BLM Louisville to bail him out. Less than 48 hours after this activist tried to literally murder a politician, the radical left bailed their comrade out of jail.
“It is just jaw-dropping. The innocent people of Louisville deserve better,” he said.
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Activist Quintez Brown, 21, has been charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree Louisville Metro Police Department Public Information Officer Elizabeth Ruoff said, CNN reported.
The candidate said he was gathered in his office with staff on Tuesday morning when the gunman appeared.
“We asked if we could help him. And he pulled out a gun, aimed it directly at me and opened fire,” the candidate said to CNN anchor John Berman on “New Day.” “I was fortunate that one of my brave teammates slammed the door shut. They were able to throw some desks on top of the door and the suspect fled. So, we are very blessed to be here today. All of us on the team are.”
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During a press conference, the candidate said that he was fine, “despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater and my shirt.”
“All of us are blessed, and I’m blessed to be standing here today with you,” the candidate said.
“This morning, I was gathered for a brief meeting with four of my incredible team members in our campaign office. A man walked into our office. When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and began shooting,” he said in a press release.
“The individual closest to the door managed to bravely get the door closed, which we barricaded and the shooter fled the scene,” he said.
Brown participated in former President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program in 2019, making him one of a mere 22 kids who were selected for the program and who got to meet the former president.
“I have seen the consequences of poverty and centuries of systemic racism and oppression, and I believe in the potential of everyone,” he said, the foundation’s webpage, reported. “I cannot stand by silently while I see the lives and potential of my brothers and sisters be cut short due to systemic injustice. Our brothers need hope. Our brothers need positive role models. Our brothers need mentors.”