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Evers won’t stop the violence

Empower Wisconsin | June 24, 2020

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON  — As Madison cleaned up Wednesday from the chaos wrought by another round of rioting , the feckless Gov. Tony Evers doubled down on a narrative that’s getting harder to believe. 

“What happened in Madison last night presented a stark contrast from the peaceful protests we have seen across our state in recent weeks, including significant damage to state property,” the Democrat said Wednesday in response to the violence and damage that consumed Capitol Square Tuesday night. 

What happened in Madison isn’t just happening in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Oakland and several other left-led cities in America, it’s already happened multiple times in Madison. It has happened and it will continue to happen until the painfully “woke” wake up. The looting, the firebombing, the beatings, the killings, are crimes. They’re not the unfortunate results of a “peaceful” movement seeking “justice,” — as so many on the left, particularly Evers, have expressed.  

Republican lawmakers echoed that sentiment. 

“Americans are alarmed and disgusted by what has now become nearly a month of sustained lawlessness, bedlam, rioting and violence. Radical extremists and their enablers – including Governor Evers – continue to refer to these outrageous mob tactics as ‘protest.’ They are not. Property damage, destruction and physical assault are not legitimate forms of political discourse. They are criminal acts,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Mequon) said in a statement calling for Evers to resign immediately if he “cannot or will not regain control of the streets.”  

It’s Evers’ inaction — or the willingness to act — that has so many Republican lawmakers fuming. 

But tepid Tony talked tough Wednesday morning, warning he and his administration were “prepared” to call in the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state buildings and infrastructure. 

Too late. 

Anarchists had already dragged down iconic Capitol entrance statues, set fire to public buildings, smashed windows at the Statehouse, and badly beaten state Sen. Tim Carpenter —  an openly gay Milwaukee Democrat who has been a vocal champion of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“While the Governor slept in his estate, the statehouse was under siege,” said state Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield). “We need a leader, not an apologist. Governor Evers and (Madison) Mayor Rhodes-Conway have enabled this destructive and violent behavior through consistent inaction and appeasement.” The senator said his office and many others on the ground floor of the Capitol had windows broken as rioters tried to gain entry and cause even more destruction. 

Evers finally did announce he was sending in the Guard to help local law enforcement protect people and property, but he tied their hands with political restrictions. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said the governor has all of the tools as his disposal to stop the disorder. He commands the State Patrol, and the Capitol Police. And he is Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard. The problem is, milk toast Tony is no commander. 

Fitzgerald said this kind rioting and destruction would never have happened on former Gov. Scott Walker’s watch. How does he know. The radical left’s “resistance” movement in many ways was born in Wisconsin. 

“When I presided over the Senate during Act 10, we saw crowds of tens-of-thousands of protestors. Governor Walker utilized State Patrol, game wardens, and other local law enforcement officers to maintain peace,” the senator said. “He never even had to mobilize the Wisconsin National Guard. This governor has all of those tools available to him as well, and he hasn’t figured out how to stop these violent riots.”

But Tepid Tony wants to be clear: “Violence against any person—whether in the middle of the street in broad daylight, at home trying to sleep, going for a run, or happening upon a protest as was the case last night—is wrong. It should never be tolerated.”

The governor and many of his friends in pandering liberal politics have more than tolerated the turmoil; they’ve embraced it.” 

You’ll recall that earlier this month, hours after Madison’s State Street had been ransacked by rioters and looters in the first surge of radical left protests, the governor scolded Wisconsin. Evers told us that we need “systemic change to address racism in our state and country. We must be willing to face it, “with clear eyes and open hearts” that “folks who look like” the governor (not the governor himself, of course) “have been part of creating, exacerbating, and benefiting from the systems that we must now turn to dismantle.” 

“We must be willing to listen, we must be willing to be uncomfortable, we must be willing to do the work.”

Well governor, mission accomplished. A whole lot of people sure are uncomfortable these day. Not by the question of or the conversation surrounding racism in America, but because their cities are burning while liberals like you lecture them about the selfish, “privileged” people who look like you. 

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