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Numerous Seattle businesses have filed lawsuits against the city of Seattle over its role in the “occupied protests” that consumed a section of the city’s downtown.

The lawsuits, which include an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor and a property management company, alleged that the Democrats running the city were complicit in allowing an “occupied protest” that has made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood, according to reports.

Workers and residents also joined the CHOP related lawsuit over CHOP, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, which drew scorn from President Trump and other critics who accused Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city’s police chief and other city leaders of turning the area over to “anarchists.”

“(T)his lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of plaintiffs – businesses, employees and residents in and around CHOP – which have been overrun by the city of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services and inaccessible to the public at large,” the lawsuit says, Q13 FOX reported.

One local business owner, Joey Rodolfo of Buki clothing, said that he plans to move out of state because of what he described as Seattle’s lack of governmental leadership.

“Since we have no leadership and we have a city council that’s so socialist, there really is very, very little support for businesses,” Rodolfo said. “As far as the city reaching out to small businesses like ourselves, or any business, there has been zero.”

The Seattle city attorney’s office told local media that it hadn’t yet had an opportunity to review the lawsuit but planned to respond after reviewing it.

The plaintiffs allege that city leaders provided the demonstrators with barriers, public restrooms and medical supplies – in effect supporting the occupation of the neighborhood and hindering the efforts of local businesspeople, employees and residents to reach their buildings, receive deliveries and provide services, the Seattle Times reported.

Organizers of CHOP — part of the widespread rioting and demonstrations that followed the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis — said they sought to establish a “police-free” area in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district.

Since the occupation began June 8, the area has seen shootings, vandalism and other crimes.

Last Sunday a 17-year-old victim was shot in an arm and last Saturday a 19-year-old man was shot dead and another person was critically wounded. In both cases, hostile crowds slowed police efforts to reach the crime scenes.

The CHOP zone has also worsened conditions for elderly and disabled people in the area, the lawsuit asserts, according to the newspaper.

“The result of the City’s actions has been lawlessness,” Calfo Eakes LLP, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, told the Times in a statement. “There is no public safety presence. Police officers will not enter the area unless it is a life-or-death situation, and even in those situations, the response is delayed and muted, if it comes at all.”

Facing mounting pressure, Durkan on Monday said the city would begin dismantling the blocks-long occupied area.

“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”

In a social media message posted Wednesday, addressed to “Comrades in the struggle,” CHOP organizers declared their “project” concluded, and urged demonstrators to leave by Wednesday night.

Democrats have forced police reform to grind to a halt after striking down a Republican proposal that would have made key changes to police throughout the country in an effort to combat potential police brutality.

Republican-authored police reform bill failed in a Senate test vote Wednesday after Democrats opposed the bill on the basis it did not go far enough – sparking a furious war of words on the floor and marking an apparent impasse just weeks after George Floyd’s death led to calls for new legislation.

The procedural vote on whether to start debate was 55-45; it needed 60 votes in order to proceed. Republicans had 53 votes, but not enough Democrats joined them which resulted in a shouting match on the floor as childish Democrats once again failed to do their jobs.

Not only does this move prove that the Democrats don’t care about helping people by passing meaningful legislature, it also virtually ensures that any potential bill will take even longer now.

“The Senate was supposed to officially take up police reform on the floor today. Instead, our Democratic colleagues are poised to turn this routine step into a partisan impasse,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said filled with rage adding that the bill was a “first offer” and could have been altered during the debate process.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have proposed bills amid the movement to reform policing in the wake of Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis police custody.

GOP Senator Tim Scott led the charge on the legislation which would beef up requirements for law enforcement to compile use of force reports. It would also establish the Breonna Taylor Notification Act to track “no-knock” warrants. To focus on ending chokeholds, it encourages agencies to do away with the practice or risk losing federal funds.

And still – the Democrats didn’t even want to discuss it. Sen. Cory Booker claimed the bill “guarantees that the cycle of violence in our country, the cycle of abuse of civil rights, the cycle of death that has moved so many Americans will continue.”

Scott took to the Senate floor after the vote to blast Democrats for what he saw as opposition fueled by politics, not policy.

“They cannot allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation,” he said.

Prior the vote, McConnell praised the bill and accused Democrats of coming up with a “bizarre new ultimatum” by threatening to block the bill from being debated.

“They don’t want a debate, they don’t want amendments, they’ll filibuster police reform from even reaching the floor of the Senate unless the majority lets the minority rewrite the bill behind closed doors in advance,” he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was instrumental in shutting down the reform bill in before taking shots at McConnell and said the bill was the “legislative equivalent of a fig leaf, something that provides a little cover but no real change.”

The mainstream media will surely paint this as a GOP failure, but its important to remember the truth about what exactly is happening here.

The president’s latest statement follows an attempt to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night, a second incident of vandalism at the nearby St. John’s Church, and prior vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial.

“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent,” Trump tweeted.

“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, called the church attack as rioters tried to set up an “Autonomous Zone” near the white house, “a chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies in the eyes of the anarchists on the street,” adding that those responsible “must be prosecuted.”

Trump later addressed the extremists who tried to set up the autonomous zone tweeting: “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!”

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt responded to the latest destruction of property by the rioters, writing the following statement on Twitter:

“I just left Lafayette Square where another so called “peaceful protest” led to destruction tonight. Let me be clear: we will not bow to anarchists. Law and order will prevail, and justice will be served.

The scope of the violence and destruction since the protests started weeks ago have been significant. Criminals have vandalized national memorials and monuments, ignited sacred sites, attacked law enforcement officers, and destroyed countless businesses.

The Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial were previously defaced, and now the Andrew Jackson Statue in Lafayette Square has been defaced by criminals who sought to topple the statue recognizing the seventh President of the United States.

Law enforcement officers ensured that this would not happen.

Across the country, some elected leaders of our cities have expressed enthusiasm and support for these criminals, exhibiting an undeniable unwillingness to protect law abiding citizens and their property.

We live in the greatest country in the world, and I thank our dedicated law enforcement officials who stand tall against these coordinated attacks and seek peace and justice for all.”

Historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during protests in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death at the end of May.

The initial statues under fire were those of Confederate soldiers and generals largely in the South, but the anger has spread to monuments well beyond that historical period.

On Thursday, demonstrators in Portland, Ore., toppled a statue of President George Washington. Friday, protesters in San Francisco defaced and toppled the statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War.

The Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act that Trump cited calls for up to 10 years behind bars and a fine for anyone who damages or attempts to damage “any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.”

Trump signaled disgust for the destruction of these key pieces of American history, and said he will sign an executive order meant to protect public statues and monuments in general from being damaged or destroyed.

“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,” Trump told Eternal Word Television Network’s Raymond Arroyo. “This is a disgrace.”

After a recent uptick in violence and crime – including a fatal shooting – Seattle is finally stepping in to put an end to the police-free zone known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest,” or “CHOP.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday one of the weakest moments in the city’s history is nearly up.

The mayor said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. Activists set up “CHOP” in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood about two weeks ago, barricading off the area after police evacuated a ransacked precinct building there.

“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said at a news conference. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”

City leaders have faced mounting criticism — including from President Trump — over the protest zone amid reports of violence inside the area and how police can respond to such incidents. Police had not been able to go inside the zone.

Demonstrators inside CHOP had been characterized by the mainstream media as being mostly peaceful — handing out free food and playing music — but the truth is that the situation was rapidly devolving into pure chaos, bordering on a warzone.

Residents and business owners have voiced concerns over safety and access for emergency first responders. Volunteer medics inside the zone brought the victims of Saturday’s shooting to the hospital rather than wait for the police and fire departments, who were preparing to respond before entering.

“There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said.

The protesters have issued a list of demands including calls to defund the police and for leaders to address other social-justice causes which according to them even meant the segregation of blacks.

Trump frequently has lashed out at Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats, over CHOP’s existence, saying the zone is being run by “anarchists.”

On Monday, some CHOP members called for changes to the zone over the violence. In an open letter addressed to organizers, a group of 25 activists and volunteers asked leaders to set up a safe use area on the outskirts of the zone, create different signage encouraging intoxicated persons to stay away and implement a curfew to prevent destructive behavior at night.

“We would like to acknowledge that no organizations, protests, or revolutions are perfect,” the group wrote. “We must all be willing to collectively learn and react quickly to mistakes made within our movement. We do not want to see what was started with the intention of lifting the BLM message destroyed before us all.”

Andre Taylor, who founded the anti-police-shooting organization “Not This Time!” said Monday he’s told CHOP leaders the violence would prompt the city to take back control of the area. “If I put myself in the mayor’s position, I have to act when violence is around,” he said.

After a fatal CHOP shooting has left one 19-year old male dead, and another in critical condition the Seattle Police Department has released the bodycam footage of officers responding to the scene.

Responding officers were subsequently met by “a violent crowd” preventing them from even reaching the scene.

Police bodycam footage shows officers arriving and marching through the zone with guns drawn as a group of angry protesters yell profanities and approach the officers.

“This is inside the area referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),” the department said. “Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers’ safe access to the victims.”

An officer in the video can be heard saying through a bullhorn: “Please move out of the way so we can get to the victim! All we want to do is get to the victim and provide them aid!”

Seattle police said officers had trouble reaching the scene of the shooting because they were met by a “violent crowd.”

Officers later learned that both victims had been taken to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP “medics,” police said. The 19-year-old died of his injuries at the hospital, and the other male was in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Following reports of the shooting, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan told Fox News that “violence has now besieged the area known as CHOP, and it is no longer the summer of love, it’s the summer of chaos.”

Protest organizers held a meeting to discuss the early morning shooting, and some protest volunteers patrolled the area carrying guns. They did not interfere with anyone entering or leaving the zone.

Asked about the shooting Saturday, Gov. Jay Inslee said “we need to have a way for the community to have a way to speak and for police and fire services to be provided.”

“One way or another, we obviously need to provide a way to offer protection for people, and that’s a necessity,” Inslee added.

The Seattle city council member who helped protestors stage the seizure of the area surrounding the city hall is now claiming could be a “right-wing attack.”

In a statement released late Saturday, Kshama Sawant expresses her condolences to the CHOP community and doubles down on demands to “defund the police,” even though violence inside the “cop-free” CHOP has increased markedly over the past week according to long-term residents, who now say they no longer feel safe with the ongoing protest.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),” Sawant said. “Socialist Alternative and I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the hospital, as well as with all community members and fellow activists.”

She then goes on to claim that the attack shows signs of a “right-wing” plot.

“Though we await confirmation of the details of the killing, there are indications that this may have been a right-wing attack. If so, this would not be the first such attack on the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter protest,” Sawant suggests.

Aside from Sawant, no other official has accused right-wing saboteurs of the melee that broke out inside CHOP in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Details are scarce, of course, because CHOP “residents” formed a mob, preventing law enforcement officials from attending to the victims or investigating the shooting.

The Supreme Court shockingly ruled Thursday against the Trump administration’s effort to end a poorly thought out Obama-era program that offers legal protections to young illegal immigrants that come to the country as children.

The court ruled that the administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which sets out rulemaking procedures for federal agencies.

The Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, ruled in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal members to author the opinion, the court said the Department of Homeland Security’s move to eliminate the program was done in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner although they did not rule on the merits of the program itself.

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. ‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern,'” Roberts wrote in his opinion. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”

President Trump reacted to the decision tweeting, “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives.”

Trump’s tweet suggests that he feels the second amendment may be at if more conservative judges are not appointed.

The Trump administration announced its plan to phase out DACA in 2017, only for the federal courts to rule that it could not apply retroactively and that DACA should be restarted in full. The White House fought back on those decisions, saying the president has broad authority over immigration enforcement policy.

The Justice Department has also argued the DACA program is not working and is unlawful, and that the president should have the “absolute discretion” to adopt a revised overall immigration strategy. A dozen states led by Texas were among the parties backing the administration.

The program was established through an executive order from Obama that the Trump administration pointed out was improper to begin with, claiming this should have been done via legislation from Congress.

Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, hailed the decision, tweeting: “Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us.”

Justice Roberts wrote that when the administration rescinded DACA it “failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance” — referring to the non-enforcement of immigration laws to remove those with DACA protection — as well as the impact the decision would have on DACA recipients who have relied on the program.

“That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner,” Roberts wrote, noting that the administration could have scrapped the benefits provided by DACA while keeping the non-enforcement policy, but instead eliminated all of it without even giving a reason for ceasing non-enforcement.

“The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew.” Roberts made clear that the administration does indeed have the power to rescind DACA, just not in this fashion.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote to the contrary that the decision to repeal DACA was correct, and that the majority is holding the Trump administration’s decision to a higher standard than the order that established DACA in the first place.

“These cases could—and should—have ended with a determination that his legal conclusion was correct,” Thomas wrote. “Instead, the majority today concludes that DHS was required to do far more.”

He continued: “Without grounding its position in either the APA or precedent, the majority declares that DHS was required to overlook DACA’s obvious legal deficiencies and provide additional policy reasons and justifications before restoring the rule of law. This holding is incorrect, and it will hamstring all future agency attempts to undo actions that exceed statutory authority. I would therefore reverse the judgments below and remand with instructions to dissolve the nationwide injunctions.”

Thomas accused the court’s majority of wanting to avoid making waves, even it if meant getting the law wrong.

In a line that Trump retweeted Thursday morning, Thomas said, “Today’s decision must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appearance on CNN Wednesday, where pretended to be worried about the health of Trump rally goers – but is that really what she cares about?

Wednesday on CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump was endangering the health of his supporters who are going to attend his rally in Tulsa, OK this weekend.

Pelosi said, “What I am concerned about is the attitude of the President and the vice president of the United States. For the President to have this ego trip, he wants to take to Tulsa to have a mass rally of people coming together endangering their own health and the people that they go home to.”

She continued, “I have concerns about the health of the American people. I have concerns about the statements the President has made, minimizing the risk that the coronavirus has made to their good health. That’s what I’m concerned about.”

“Of course, we always are concerned about the health and safety of the President and the Vice President of the United States and their families. But they should reciprocate in kind and have some concern about the health of the American people and not blame it on the press. They’re blaming this concern about the virus on the press, that it’s something that you all have cooked up.”

“In terms of what they have done, it’s cause for celebration. I don’t think so. But we really have to — this — we have to get this under control. A hundred three months ago, 117,000 now cause for celebration? No, Mr. Vice President, you make me sad because you’re a person of faith. We’re prayerful about praying for a cure and a vaccine and for the good health of the American people, not to minimize the risk they are taking because the President doesn’t want to wear a mask, and he wants an ego trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

While Pelosi claims that her fears about the Trump rally are health related – it’s painfully obvious that they’re politically motivated. The left is petrified of the record breaking support the president will receive at this event.

On top of that, Pelosi has not been worried about the health of Black Lives Matter protestors and has instead come out in support of the large gatherings where people are not social distancing and often not wearing masks.

This leads to the question, is Nancy Pelosi simply a hypocrite pushing a double-standard for Trump rallies – or is she actually a racist and doesn’t care about the lives of BLM protestors?

As if pure outrage wasn’t enough from the deranged left, they are actively trying to sabotage the president’s first post coronavirus pandemic rally.

When they encourage people with COVID-19 to show up at a rally and spread the disease, however, that’s when things have turned very toxic.

A post since flagged for removal on the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Craigslist site is advertising to pay people infected with coronavirus to attend Trump’s rally on Saturday.

“If you have been diagnosed as having the Covid virus and really want to make a difference, we are hiring 20 of you to work in a large scale test on transmission of the virus,” the ad stated.

In another attempt to attack the Tulsa rally, Clark Brewster, the Tulsa, Oklahoma attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in an appellate court case against President Trump filed a lawsuit this week seeking an injunction against Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally set for Saturday over coronavirus fears.

Brewster, along with Paul DeMuro, are representing clients who are concerned the rally will be a “super spreader event” of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus and want court-mandated social distancing, mask rules and other regulations imposed on the rally. Daniels is not a party to this suit.

The rally at Tulsa’s 19,199 seat BOK Center has received over one million ticket requests according to the Trump campaign. As of Tuesday, there had been only 1,729 confirmed cases in Tulsa County, according to the Tulsa Health Department.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma judge overseeing the case ruled against Brewster and his attempt to shut down the Trump Tulsa rally.

The city of Seattle has come to an agreement with the so-called “protestors” who have seized and occupied a piece of the city, which, after a name change, is now known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest.”

The agreement will remove the temporary roadblocks that the insurrectionists set up on the captured area’s borders and replace them with concrete barriers.

The Seattle Department of Transportation will be facilitating the switch by installing the concrete barriers in the middle of Pine Street, running East and West, which will split the road for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This will allow for emergency service vehicles to pass through the area.

The agreement will reduce the area protesters previously called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, from about six or seven city blocks to just three. This is the first time in weeks traffic will be able to pass by the shuttered East Police Precinct.

The development comes after the Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to ban police from using chokeholds, and crowd-control devices like tear gas and pepper spray.

On Monday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who has repeatedly clashed with President Trump over her handling of the CHOP, tweeted: “Seattle won’t lose sight of what we need: allowing our community to exercise their first amendment rights, demilitarizing our police force, rethinking who responds to 9-1-1 calls, and investing more to create meaningful change for our black and brown communities.”

Durkan has allowed the area to become a lawless warzone. Police officers – left without the support of their local government officials – have been weary of entering the zone or even nearing it.

Early Monday morning, a Seattle auto repair shop located on 12th street, but outside the CHOP’s initial perimeters, was reportedly broken into by a protester who attempted to light a fire before the business owners arrived and detained him.

John McDermott is co-owner of the auto repair shop Car Tender, which sits on 12th Street, just outside the perimeter separating the seized six or seven blocks protesters previously called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ.

He and his son, Mason McDermott, told news outlets they were alerted when someone smashed a window and got inside the auto shop Sunday night.

But despite calling 911 around 19 times, they claim neither police nor fire personnel ever arrived at the scene, which grew violent into Monday morning when protesters pushed down their linked fence and rushed the car lot.

“I am very shaken up. I’m very disappointed in the city’s leadership. I’m very disappointed in the lack of police protection. I’m very disappointed that the fire department didn’t show up,” John McDermott said.

“Nobody showed up when literally our lives are on the line,” Mason said. “I think the mayor and governor need to get their act together, because this is beyond a protest.”

“The goal was to make the changes,” John said. “My heart is sad with all these people. I think there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.”

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said police will only respond inside the boundaries of the CHOP if there is a direct threat to life and safety.

Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler introduced a bill on Monday that aims to end the Democrat’s war on police.

The bill would withhold federal highway funding from states and local governments who reduce funding to their law enforcement departments without establishing a clear need for the cuts as part of a budget restructuring.

The “Protecting Public Safety and Supporting Law Enforcement” Act would require the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to withhold five percent of certain highway safety funds from any state that elects to reduce funding to law enforcement.

The bill also would make it so that if a local government elects to otherwise reduce funding to law enforcement, states will withhold these funds from the locality.

“We’re seeing the radical idea of defunding the police play out in real-time in places like Minneapolis, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington, and it is frightening,” Loeffler said in a statement.

“This reckless and dangerous defund effort will jeopardize public safety, create chaos and increase crime,” Loeffler said. “While we must address police misconduct, we need to work on solutions that are commonsense reforms and that respect police officers who work tirelessly to maintain order, keep families safe and protect their communities. This legislation provides additional safeguards for police funding to ensure our law enforcement officers continue to have the resources they need to keep all Americans safe.”

The defund the police movement is a dangerous one that is picking up steam among leftists. Cities like New York and Los Angeles have already moved to reduce their law enforcement budgets after protests and unrest following the death of George Floyd.

Minneapolis City Council has pushed forward with a move to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department.

While some Democrats are not even clear as to the exact meaning of defunding the police others like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have maintained calls for radical action.

“’Defund’ means that Black & Brown communities are asking for the same budget priorities that White communities have already created for themselves: schooling > police,etc. People asked in other ways, but were always told ‘No, how do you pay for it?’ So they found the line item,” the far-left Democrat tweeted.

AOC also went after colleagues of hers who were attempting to make the idea of defunding the police more “palatable” for their voters.

“And by the way, the fact that ppl are scrambling to repackage this whole conversation to make it palatable for largely affluent, white suburban ‘swing’ voters again points to how much more electoral & structural power these communities have relative to others,” she said.

Even D.C.’s liberal Mayor Muriel Bowser has been called out by Black Lives Matter DC for refusing to heed calls to reduce police funding.

Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Karen Bass said that calls to defund police could be a “distraction.”

“I think it can be used as a distraction and that’s my concern,” Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Monday, according to Politico. “I think the intent behind it is something that I support — the idea that communities need investments.”

After officially announcing the new date for his return to the campaign trail, President Trump is expecting a turnout that could be a very telling sign of the President’s true level of support.

The president’s campaign said on Sunday that his first post coronavirus rally has received the largest number of ticket requests out of all of his events.

“Just passed 800,000 tickets,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, tweeted. “Biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x. Saturday is going to be amazing!”

Mr. Parscale previously tweeted that the campaign was looking to add a second event in Oklahoma to accommodate the throngs of people eager to see the president.

Trump’s coming rally in Oklahoma has drawn some contradictory opinions from public health officials that worry about the spread of coronavirus but have been rather quiet about the dangers of the Black Lives Matter rallies.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner until 2019, told CBS on Sunday that he does not think holding the rally is a good idea.

“If I was giving advice to the administration on this, I would say that they should withhold large political rallies right now,” Dr. Gottlieb told CBS. “They also need to lead by example, and so encouraging people to social distance, encouraging people to wear masks, that’s what we should be engaging in right now.”

Trump’s team has encouraged those attending the Oklahoma event to take proper precautions.

The President’s rally was originally slated to take place on June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a commemoration of when Texas slaves were made aware of the end of slavery in the United States two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Tulsa, Okla., the location for the rally, was the scene in 1921 of one of the most severe attacks on blacks in American history.

President Trump moved the rally to Saturday, June 20th in observance of Juneteenth after black community and other political leaders suggested that the president do so.

“There’s special sensitivities there in Tulsa, but Juneteenth is a very significant day, so my encouragement to the president was to be able to pick a day around it,” Sen. James Lankford said Sunday. Lankford said he was among several people who had spoken with Trump.

Lankford said he had called Trump on an unrelated matter and that Trump broached the issue. He said Trump told him he was thinking about rescheduling and asked Lankford’s opinion.

“I suggested, ‘Yes, I think that would be a great idea. It would be very, very respectful to the community,” Lankford said. He said Trump immediately said he didn’t want to do anything that would show disrespect to the black community.

Sen. Tim Scott said he was “thankful” that Trump rescheduled the rally.

“The president moving the date by a day once he was informed on what the Juneteenth was, that was a good decision on his part,” said Scott, the only black Republican senator.

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