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What Joe Biden owes Kenosha

What Joe Biden owes Kenosha
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Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE owes the people of Kenosha an apology, not another baseless promise for law and order. For the last four months, the Democrats have actively promoted the radical “defund the police” movement, while also protecting the extreme leftists from more scrutiny and condemnation as violent activists continue to devastate cities across the country.

The reason for this was obvious. Groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter make up the radical branch with the party, and are routinely used to bully Americans into ideological submission. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, for instance, was outraged by the proposal to slash $1 billion from the budget for the New York Police Department this summer, arguing that local officials should have instead dismantled it moving forward.

“Defunding police means defunding police,” she said. “It does not mean budget tricks and funny math. This does not mean moving school police officers from the New York Police Department budget with the Education Department budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

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While more experienced politicians like Biden avoided directly endorsing the rioters, they never actually denounced them until now. Establishment Democrats and the liberal media were actually determined to portray the mobs of violent activists as “fiery but mostly peaceful” protesters, calling on Americans to ignore the fact that these rioters were burning churches, destroying cars, looting businesses, and vandalizing monuments.

The vast majority of leaders across blue states, meanwhile, did everything they could to empower those antifa operatives running wild in the streets, holding back law enforcement, and generally responding to the organized chaos with some patience. Numerous local authorities surrendered entire communities to the mobs, allowing them to establish “autonomous zones” in the populated downtown areas of major cities such as Seattle.

Since the law enforcement and emergency workers could not enter these areas due to local officials, criminals felt entitled to wreak havoc. So when Biden went to Kenosha, which was taken over by fierce rioters days earlier, he pretended as if Democrats never tolerated such atrocities, proclaiming with an assumed stern tone that “violence in any form is wrong.”

A few days before his visit for Kenosha, Biden even attempted to ridicule his critics, implying that it is outlandish to believe he would ever support the sort of chaos that the rest of his party has condoned. “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” he asked. But before we can answer, the former vice president has to answer some questions.

Where was Biden when police chiefs across the country asked their local authorities to let them properly protect peaceful residents from reckless rioters? Where was Biden when officers in defunded police departments found themselves unable to keep residents safe from the rioters? Where was Biden as the liberal media deliberately conveyed the true nature for violent activists in an effort to downplay the damage they inflict?

Biden has promised that race relations “would be a whole lot better” and that the country would get a “whole lot further down the road” if he wins the election, but he has provided us precious little reason to believe him. The people of Kenosha, after all, are waiting for the apology for his silent endorsement of the radical leftists who have ravaged their town.

Madison Gesiotto is an attorney who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. You can follow her on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.