‘We HOPE THEY DIE’: Blocking emergency room and wishing death on ambushed officers may be final straw in BLM’s PR suicide
By Tony Cox, a US journalist who has written or edited for Bloomberg and several major daily newspapers.
Black Lives Matter may finally have found its bridge too far – the point of absurdity and overreaching vileness that finally destroys support for the “Marxist” political movement in all but the most extreme reaches of the left.
BLM has offered up many self-fails in recent weeks, the sort of anecdotes that stick in the minds of observers and turn the tide of public opinion against a cause that millions of Americans were eager to support initially. Even more than the group’s nonsensical demands — such as defunding police departments and “remaking” the US political system – its tactics are making it impossible for politically independent Americans to support.
Those tactics have included spreading false rumors about an Aug. 10 police shooting in Chicago, then racing downtown to loot the city’s most posh retailers, then defending the theft as “reparations.” Then there was the mob attack on a white motorist in Portland, who was pulled from his truck and brutally beaten before being left motionless in the street, and the torching of black-owned businesses around the nation.
Other incidents have brought the senselessness closer to home for many Americans, such as the BLM groups that marched through residential streets of such cities as Seattle and Portland late at night, threatening homeowners and chanting such messages as, “Wake up, wake up, wake up motherf***er, wake up.” Other BLM mobs have descended on outdoor restaurants from Washington to Rochester, New York, screaming at diners and demanding displays of obedient solidarity, such as raising a fist.
But Saturday night’s BLM debacle was the clincher, as protesters blocked the emergency room entrance and exit at a Los Angeles hospital after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and shot repeatedly in their parked patrol car for no apparent reason. The protesters blocked the ER while yelling “We hope they die,” prompting the Sheriff’s Department to send out a tweet saying, “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, as deputies tried to arrest a protester who refused to disperse, a reporter for government-funded National Public Radio interfered and had to be arrested, the Sheriff’s Department said. The reporter, Josie Huang, did not identify herself as a journalist and didn’t have any press credentials with her, the department said.
Protesters taunted police outside the hospital, saying such things as, “You’re all f***ing dying one by one.”
A video on social media also showed a celebratory reaction at the scene of the shooting, where a smiling witness said repeatedly, “They just aired the police out, ni**a.”
Evidence of the damage that the anti-racism protest movement is doing to itself is showing up in polling, including President Donald Trump gaining ground on Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the presidential race. In Oregon, where violent protests have dragged on for more than 100 straight days, 66 percent of respondents in a DHM Research poll said they disapprove of the demonstrations. To put that in perspective, a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won in Oregon since 1984.
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