As the infamous Chauvin trial comes to an end and possibly sets a precedent for how all other seemingly race-related police shootings will be judged, the political left is clearly using the situation to do what they do best: promote their agenda no matter what the cost.
And one of the loudest and most annoying of those voices, not to mention one of the most incompetent, is Democratic Representative and liberal squad member Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Tlaib has built her entire two-term congressional career on hate and division, with a heavy focus on putting a wedge between America and her only democracy-led ally in the Middle East, Israel. Since her rise to power and initiation into the squad, she has seemed to do little else besides spouting just how evil Jews are and plot to bring their homeland crashing to the ground.
However, on the home front, back in the states, her focus tends to lie on matters such as defunding the police and supporting Black Lives Matter.
And so, it is no surprise that, given the current political atmosphere in the United States, thanks in part to divisive members of Congress such as herself, she has used events like the Chauvin trial and now the shooting of Daunte Wright as an excuse to purport her ideas as gospel truth.
Most recently, she claimed that all “policing, incarceration, and militarization” should be abolished entirely nationwide.
Now, I know, to you and I, the proposition is clearly one of the most insane things to be said this year, and that’s saying a lot. I mean, no policing at all? No incarceration? What are we supposed to with our criminals? Let them run free?
Apparently, that’s precisely what Tlaib and her liberal cohorts have in mind.
However, we aren’t exactly the only ones who think Tlaib is a bit too far off base here.
Take Tlaib’s hometown Detroit Police Chief James Craig, for instance.
For him, her remarks are so far gone that they prove little else besides the fact that Tlaib has no idea what the country and her people need or even want. Instead, she seems to be representing her own wishes in our nation’s capital and no one else’s.
Craig told attorney and WJBK anchor Charlie Langston on Sunday, “I’d love to see her resign. I’d throw her a goodbye party. Let her go.”
And he added, “Who is she speaking for Charlie? Let me just say this, when you talk about abolishing police, and incarceration, and you talk about safe cities – what do you think the residents in Detroit want? I know, I speak with them.”
Then he asked, “So is she truly representing the people? Or is she representing a fringe group?”
Craig, like myself, tends to land on the latter answer when it comes to Tlaib.
Why? Well, because merely asking a few Detroit residents and putting some common sense into the thought would tell you that nothing “productive,” as Craig calls it, comes from what she is suggesting.
He told CNN in a later interview, “This is about putting attention to herself. That’s exactly what it’s designed to do. It’s not productive. She doesn’t speak for the majority of Detroiters. The majority of Detroiters support this police department. They want effective and constitutional policing. And to make statements like, ‘abolish policing,’ ‘abolish incarceration,’ certainly is counterproductive.”
And he most certainly has a point.
While Craig believes that changes can be made to the system, including some reform regarding mental health and possibly even the introduction of social services, he knows that simply eradicating all forms of law enforcement is not the solution. It would solve nothing.
It’s also worth mentioning that Tlaib’s remarks and sudden interest in Black lives comes off a bit hypocritical. After all, as Chief Craig knows firsthand, this is the same woman who told him just two years ago that he should hire only African Americans to use facial recognition software because “I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same.”
Note that Tlaib herself fits squarely into the “non-African-American” category, as she is Palestinian by birth. Does that mean that she thinks all Blacks look alike? It sure sounds like it.
Naturally, Craig, who is Black, took offense to that and was quick to tell her that his staff is trusted because of their training – “regardless of race, regardless of gender.”
Perhaps if Tlaib looked less at someone’s skin color, she would realize that most police officers are simply doing their jobs. But she won’t, and that’s precisely why Craig is right to demand her resignation.