Senator Pat Toomey is in trouble. Not only is he being caught up in the destruction of the Republican’s stranglehold on the Senate with the anti-Supreme Court blockade but now he’s going full racist. His latest campaign ad for reelection as Pennsylvania’s Senator says
When rioters destroyed American cities, Pat Toomey stood strong with police. Toomey fought for better police equipment and benefits — and denounced the riots when others wouldn’t.
The ad references protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri following the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown at the hands of police officers.
Support for law enforcement over victims and their families who have been hurt at the hands of officers has been common among supporters of Donald Trump. Trump himself blasted #BlackLivesMatter when a reporter asked what he’d do if a protester tried to take away his microphone. Perhaps, Toomey is trying to align himself with Trump and his voters without saying so outright.
Toomey has been pretty upfront about his opposition to #BlackLivesMatter in speeches on the Senate floor, but this is a whole new level to the disgust he has for those protesting institutionalized racism. “Far from the epidemic of police misdeeds that some claim to be happening out there, I think just the opposite is true,” he said on the Senate floor. “The overwhelming majority of police are honest men and women. They have very high ethical standards, they don’t have a racist bone in their body.”
“Instead of placing the onus on those who were actually causing the havoc, it was portrayed by many as if law enforcement was somehow responsible for the violence and unrest,” he said in another floor speech after the grand jury decision not to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death.
Perhaps the best response to Toomey’s attacks on the movement comes from President Barack Obama who said, “We, as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously.”
At a White House forum on criminal justice, Obama said that he hoped to make a final point about the essence of race and the criminal justice system before explaining the defense of the movement.
“I think everybody understands all lives matter,” Obama said. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that’s happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities.
“And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”
Watch the ad below and be disgusted:
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