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Dem Sen. Hirono Walks Out Of Hearing After Cruz Challenges Her To Denounce Antifa, She Doesn't

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) walked out of Sen. Ted Cruz's hearing on anarchist violence across the country on Tuesday after refusing to condemn Antifa. The Subcommittee on the Constitution's hearing was titled, "The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence." Read the transcript of the exchange below.

"Sometimes I don’t think you listen," Hirono said to Cruz. "So how many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe."

"Does that include Antifa?" Cruz shot back.


"I have the time," she said. "By the way, the Republicans are constantly using, I have to say, you brought it up yourself, the deaths of these black police officers, Patrick Underwood, and David Dorn, for making political points. And the fact that it was right wing extremists who killed officer Underwood, that seems to be lost in this argument. And then now there are all these attacks about Black Lives Matter and what they’re saying."

"I mean, how many of us even think that defunding police departments is, it should be taken literally? I mean, I certainly don’t," Hirono said seriously.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): What else does BLM the organization support? On its website it is called for a “boycott of white capitalism.” In 2017, they called on people not to spend any money with white corporations. And not only that, the BLM website says that one of their objective is dismantling the “patriarchal practices and disrupting the Western prescribed nuclear family.” That’s what they say their objectives are. Now the reason that matters is right now corporate America is desperate to demonstrate their virtue as we see great racial dissension.

So Black Lives Matter, BLM the group, raises money on ActBlue, the fundraising mechanism for virtually every elected Democrat in Congress. Among the donors to BLM the organization, according to public reports, include the company Ubisoft, which has given between $50,000 and $100,000. DoorDash, which has given reportedly $500,000. Amazon, which has given an unidentified portion of $10 million. Gatorade, which has given an unidentified portion of $500,000. Nabisco, which has given an unidentified portion of $500,000. Deckers, which has given an unidentified portion of $500,000. Microsoft, which has given $250,000. Dropbox, which has given $500,000 and Fitbit, which the amount given is not identified.

I would note Microsoft, the largest individual shareholder is Bill Gates. It’s more than ironic that Microsoft is funding an organization calling for boycotting all white corporations. Bill Gates is white. Microsoft is literally funding an organization calling for Microsoft to be defunded. Jeff Bezos, the largest owner of Amazon, who likewise is funding this radical Marxist group. Jeff Bezos is white too. And he’s funding an organization that is calling for the boycotting of Amazon.

This is dangerous and it’s worth understanding that when corporate America floods millions of dollars into explicitly Marxist terrorist organizations that glorify cop killers, that glorify violence, that the violence and terrorism that flows from that should not be surprising.

Without objection, I’m going to enter into the record an article from the Washington Examiner dated July 23rd, 2020, the title of which is Who is Black Lives Matter? And I would encourage anyone who wants to understand who this organization is to read this article. On the proposition as a value proposition, do black labs matter? Absolutely, yes. And our nation was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal regardless of race or skin color, but the organization that has seized that name is very different and if they succeeded with their stated number one objective of defunding and abolishing every police department, many, many more black lives would be lost because more African Americans would be murdered without the police officers that bravely risked their lives to defend those communities. Senator Hirono.

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): Sometimes I don’t think you listen. So how many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe.

CRUZ: Does that include Antifa?

HIRONO: By the way I have the time. By the way, the Republicans are constantly using, I have to say, you brought it up yourself, the deaths of these black police officers, Patrick Underwood, and David Dorn, for making political points. And the fact that it was right wing extremists who killed officer Underwood, that seems to be lost in this argument. And then now there are all these attacks about Black Lives Matter and what they’re saying. I mean, how many of us even think that defunding police departments is, it should be taken literally? I mean, I certainly don’t.

So, we have this pesky thing called freedom of speech, and I’d say that the people who support Black Lives Matter, and if they’re calling for various boycotts and all that, that’s called freedom of speech. And that’s what this hearing title is, Protecting Speech. So all I can say is look, we should all join hands in denouncing and whatever words you want to use about violent extremism of all stripes. And I think we can all agree on that. So to constantly accuse Democrats of not caring about that is really, I can only say that you aren’t listening.

So I hope this is the end of this hearing Mr. Chairman, and that we don’t have to listen to any more of your rhetorical speeches. Thank you very much. I’m leaving.

CRUZ: Well I appreciate the as always kind and uplifting words of Senator Hirono and I would also note that throughout her remarks, she still did not say a negative word about Antifa, nor has any Democrat here. They instead engage in a political game where they depend… You’re welcome to say something negative about Antifa right now.

Okay. She declined to speak. So, that is the position of the Democratic Party. I would note also that of the seven Democratic senators who spoke not a one of them apologized for or denounced multiple Democrats calling law enforcement officers Nazis, Stormtroopers and Gestapo to be fair, I have not heard the word Nazi, but Stormtrooper was Nancy Pelosi and Gestapo was another Democratic leader. That is less than helpful.


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