The Oklahoma Capitol was forced into lockdown after protestors yelling “Black Lives Matter” stormed the building. They were upset with Republican-backed bills, including one that provides legal protections to motorists fleeing riots.
Video shows the more than two dozen protestors chanting “Stand united against all hate,” and “We will use our voices to stand against corruption, to fight hate, to defend Black and Brown lives,” from the gallery above the chamber below, which was in session.
The demonstration was organized against what activists describe as anti-protest and anti-transgender bills advancing through the GOP-controlled state Senate and House. One bill increases penalties for protesters blocking traffic and protects drivers who unintentionally strike drivers with their cars. Another aims to protect law enforcement and their families from “doxxing.”
One man stood nose-to-nose with a lawmaker who met him on the gallery in what appeared to be a heated verbal confrontation until another female protester pulled him away. “You’re a disgrace, you’re an embarrassment to the whole f—ing nation,” the male protesters shouted as he left.
This was inside a few moments ago pic.twitter.com/m3EENI1bxW
— Dillon Richards (@KOCODillon) April 21, 2021
“You are traitors, insurrectionists, seditionists,” another woman shouted as protesters trickled out of the gallery.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol escorted protesters from the building, and a drug dog was brought into the chamber to make sure “nothing was left behind,” KOCO reporter Dillon Richards tweeted.
Troopers have a dog running through the House gallery “to make sure nothing was left behind” after protestors interrupted session. Wanted to get a better shot but was not allowed into the gallery while the dog is there pic.twitter.com/gI9CKPISxN
— Dillon Richards (@KOCODillon) April 21, 2021
Republican state Rep. Kevin West said “this is an important protection for citizens who are just trying to get out of a bad situation. When fleeing an unlawful riot, they should not face threat of prosecution for trying to protect themselves, their families or their property.”
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Biden Fuels Racial Flames: BLM Protesters Would Have Been Treated ‘Very Differently’
Former Vice President Joe Biden has campaigned on and promises to be a President that will work across party lines and be a ‘Uniter’ not a ‘divider.’ But the divide is exactly what he did when speaking on Thursday from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware; far, far away from the issues taking place in Washington, D.C.
Biden, along with many Republican leaders, condemned the mob overtaking of the U.S. Capitol. However, he also further incited the flame amongst his followers that this is a racial issue. Saying the attack was one of the “darkest days in the history of our nation,” Biden lamented “I wish we could say we couldn’t see it coming. But that wasn’t true. We could see it coming.”
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday there wouldn’t – they wouldn’t have been treated very, very different than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol…we all know that is true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable” said Biden.
What is unacceptable, is for the president-elect to embolden racial tension instead of looking at the facts. BLM rioters and “allies” set up bricks prior to protests to be used to cause harm and destruction. There was zero ambiguity that a goal was complete and utter devastation; of private property, government property and small businesses, literally destroying lives and livelihoods for months on end.
So yes, a photo that Biden’s granddaughter sent him “of police in full military gear lining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during a Black Lives Matter protest last year” was the appropriate precaution to take against a movement that had proven itself time and time again, in city upon city, to turn deadly.
Nonetheless, Biden helped feed the liberals’ racial and divisive narrative by claiming, “they weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that simple.” Those are big and pointed words coming from a man who refused to condemn any of the riotous mob, insurrectionists and Domestic terrorists from earlier this year until polls showed his silence could hurt his electability.
Affluent Chicagoans Fleeing Due to Leadership Inability to Calm BLM Violence
Many people, including President Trump himself, noted during their Republican National Convention speeches that Democratic-run cities are experiencing violence and looting, as the leaders whose policies are to blame are safely hidden in privileged areas. However, areas like Chicago have become so bad, affluent neighborhoods are no longer safe and citizens are getting out of dodge.
“Incidents of widespread looting and soaring homicide figures in Chicago have made national news during an already tumultuous year,” writes the Chicago Tribune. “As a result, some say residents in affluent neighborhoods downtown, and on the North Side, no longer feel safe in the city’s epicenter and are looking to move away.”
Liberal leadership has been unsuccessful at subduing violence from the Black Lives Matter’s highjacked movement. With no end of destruction in sight and spontaneous eruptions of violence, while residents say “they understand why protesters and rioters have poured onto the streets of downtown, and some acknowledge that crime is worse in other parts of Chicago” they still want out reports the Chicago Tribune.
Some people “agree with protesters that something systemic needs to be changed” but they “don’t want to wait it out here in the city, fearful of stepping outside at night and hoping for things to maybe get better.” A 30-year-old nurse who lives in the River North area said, “not to make it all about us; the whole world is suffering…but I do think that I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before.”
Hopefully, this will be a lesson to Chicagoans and similar cities, that they need to vote out their Democratic leadership who refuse to stand up to the violent protesters and also refuse to accept help and assistance offered directly from President Trump. 60-year-old Neil Spun has lived in Chicago for over half his life and is deeply conflicted about moving. A state worker, Spun said “there have been rights before, and looting. It just seems to me now that the city isn’t doing anything about it. I don’t see this getting any better, and so I’d like to leave.” Residents would be far better off voting in new leadership instead of succumbing to liberal policies that change their communities beyond recognition.