(Tea Party 247) – After months of complacency from progressive pundits, it appears that it’s finally occurred to them that the violent, riotous Black Lives Matter movement is presenting a bit of a problem for their messaging.
Al Sharpton, never one to shy away from softly endorsing such violence and riots, is now calling for activists to continue to protest the grand jury decision on the Breonna Taylor case–but just make sure not to get too, you know, riot-ey.
BizPac Review reports that the MSNBC host and longtime activists encouraged folks to “continue protesting” while speaking to anchor Hallie Jackson on Thursday, but that perhaps they may want to opt for more “nonviolent” demonstrations.
“My message to the protesters, and many of them I worked with, is to continue protesting but keep it nonviolent,” Sharpton replied when Jackson asked what his message was to those on the streets of Louisville.
The evening prior, two police officers were shot amid protests following the announcement of the grand jury decision on the Taylor case.
“You do not want to become like the people we’re fighting,” Sharpton added.
“And also, turn your pain into power, vote,” he continued. He went on to urge activists to hold a “voter movement” against Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R) as “that would send a message.”
“It won’t bring justice, it will send a message,” Sharpton said.
McConnell is no stranger to protest movements, as his home has been the site of several over the years and just last last week protesters gathered outside to express their outrage that he planned to move forward with a vote on a Trump Supreme Court Justice nominee following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week.
Arrests made at Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home after hostile protesters defy police https://t.co/BL5C2i2q55
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 20, 2020
Of the Louisville unrest, BPR notes:
Louisville protesters defied a curfew that went into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, marching from a downtown park with many headed to a local church which offered a sanctuary. But along the way, some reportedly began to cause damage to area businesses and, at one point, allegedly broke the window of the Louisville Free Public Library near the church and tossed a flare inside.
Officers declared an unlawful assembly due to damages along the march route and eventually encircled the First Unitarian Church, making several arrests including Democratic State Rep. Attica Scott, her daughter and Shameka Parrrish-Wright, the co-chair of the Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Repression.
Livestream videos reported that rioters, who had gathered at the church, allegedly threatened “white motherf—rs” to leave the area or they would be assaulted.
Louisville church opens as sanctuary for protesters, furious threats for white people to leave reportedly emerge https://t.co/gwDOclUirc
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2020
Sharpton is just the latest Democrat who has clearly been following the polls and has seen the impact widespread rioting has had on them for the party.
The party’s presidential candidate, Joe Biden, only recently denounced the summer’s continued protests, which have caused billions in property damage nationwide in addition to several deaths and brutal beatings, after months of silence.
Meanwhile, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 44% of Americans disapprove anti-police protests, which is a drop from June, when 54% approved.
We had 47 separate protests last night most devolving into violence and vandalism. We've had $2+ billion in insurable damage so far. Yet a recent Sept. poll shows 70% of Democrats approve of these riots while 75% of Republicans disapprove. https://t.co/gYV8i8n0UQ
— Roland Baker (@RolandBakerIII) September 25, 2020
“Just 35% of white Americans approve of the protests now, while 50% disapprove. In June, 53% approved, while 34% disapproved,” as per the AP. “Among Latinos, 31% approve, compared with 44% in June; 63% of Black Americans support the protests, down from 81%, with more now saying they neither approve nor disapprove.”