Those who have been plugged in to Second Amendment politics in Texas know about Houston Police Chief’ Art Acevedo’s hatred towards gun ownership.
However, some of his recent comments on Twitter caught many folks by surprise. He was rather candid about why Democrats laid an egg in Teas during the 2020 election cycle. The conventional wisdom coming from the media was that Texas seats — from Congress down to the State House — would flip to the Democrats in a blue wave. However, once the final votes were cast, Texas still remained in Republican hands.
On Twitter, Acevedo offered his take on why Democrats could not create a blue wave in Texas:
“Texas Democrats can thank “socialist democrats and defund the police crowd” led by @GregCasar,@JimmyFlanniganand the rest of the AustinCity Council. Fact, Americans and Texans want better policing, not de-policing, and they don’t want anything to do with any form of socialism.”
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) November 4, 2020
Acevedo is by no means a right winger. In fact, he appears to show signs of Trump Derangement Syndrome at times and he is no friend of pro-Second Amendment causes such as Constitutional Carry. That said, there are legitimate fissures within the Democrat coalition. The moderate wing of the party does not want to unleash Antifa/Black Lives Matter style chaos across America by defunding police departments unlike the more radical elements of the progressive Left. The fact remains that Americans will vote for Democrats if they campaign less radically and keep their crazies in line. But when radical factions of the Democrat Party start pushing policies that call for the destruction of policing institutions, that’s when everyday Americans begin to consider Republicans as an alternative option.
To tell the truth, both the mainstream media and the Democrats have enabled these radical elements and now they’re starting to have to put up with radicals within their party. Those on the Right should sit back, relax, and watch as the Left eats itself. During this in-part squabbling, the party can rebuild its forces and prepare itself for future victory.
Liberals FLIP OUT After Prosecutors Announce Intent to Charge Phoenix ANTIFA as a Criminal Street Gang
This isn’t Portland.
Liberal advocacy groups are sounding off in response to a plan from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to charge leftist rioters as a criminal street gang, demanding that the prosecutors drop riot charges against the ANTIFA-style “protestors.”
18 Left-wing militants have been charged with various counts of rioting, unlawful assembly, aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering prosecution, criminal damage and obstructing public thoroughfare. The arrests were made on October 18th, during a Black Lives Matter riot where a Phoenix police squad car was destroyed and rioters deployed smoke devices at law enforcement.
More than a dozen of the leftist rioters have been charged with gang-related crimes, which the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed following an investigation into the event.
Liberals protested outside of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, demanding prosecutor Allister Adel grant a free pass to the left-wing youths. ACLU and left-wing legal advocates assailed the prosecutions, including a Democrat candidate for county attorney who lost an election to Adel just weeks ago.
MCAO has provided a statement in response to the protests, defending the decision to charge the ANTIFA-style street rioters as criminal gangsters. They’re citing the militants’ use of textbook ANTIFA tactics, such as deploying incendiary devices, using umbrellas as weapons, and coordinating their attire in black.
On October 27, 2020, a Maricopa County Grand Jury issued indictments on fifteen individuals for incidents that occurred on October 17, 2020. The indictment is for several crimes, including conspiracy to commit assault, riot, and assisting a criminal street gang. The attached Grand Jury Indictment outlines all charges.
While some will attempt to describe these defendants as “protestors,” a grand jury found probable cause to *charge this group with crimes, including the planning of violence.
Ethical rules regarding trial publicity prohibit MCAO from trying this case in the media or saying anything that might influence a jury in these cases. Therefore, we cannot provide details about the evidence that was presented to the grand jury.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is responsible for felony criminal prosecution in Maricopa County. This office does not condone or support political prosecution of any kind and we encourage members of this community to lawfully exercise their first amendment rights regardless of the cause.
As County Attorney Adel has publicly stated numerous times, MCAO is committed to protecting the safety of everyone in this community, law enforcement and demonstrators alike. While we fully support the rights of everyone to exercise their first amendment rights, we will not allow violence to take over our streets.
A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
These youthful ANTIFA militants are about to find out that not every jurisdiction is as soft as Portland, Oregon.
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